WHAT IS ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC?
Animal chiropractic, just like chiropractic care for people, deals with the nervous system. The spinal cord carries nerves that are distributed to every single organ, tissue, and cell of the body. A misalignment of joints, called a subluxation, adversely alters nerve function to those areas. Altered nerve impulses leaving the spinal column affect the function of organs, tissues, and cells supplied by that nerve. This altered function can lead to pain, disease, fatigue, muscle weakness, balance/proprioception issues, immune suppression, and much more.
When a joint is subluxated, it looses motion and position. A chiropractic adjustment is aimed at correcting the subluxation and restoring the proper functioning of the nervous system. Chiropractic works to eliminate the root cause of the problem and not just simply treat the symptoms.
It can also be used for wellness care. Healthy pets under chiropractic care may have improved performance, more energy, and better immune response. Additionally, chiropractic may also provide a prevention for disease, injury, and arthritis.
Animal chiropractic does not replace traditional veterinary medicine but works very well along side it.
AVCA Animal Chiropractors are licensed and certified chiropractors or veterinarians. Entrust the health of your animal only to a trained professional. Certification means your animal chiropractor is recognized by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. By dealing with a Certified Animal Chiropractor, you are assured of the services of a skilled, dedicated professional who will work to provide the very safest care. If you are looking for an animal chiropractor and Vitality Chiropractic Center is not in your area, visit AVCAdoctors.com.
IS YOUR PET'S SPINE HEALTHY?
The only way to know if your dog has a subluxation in its spine is to have them examined by an AVCA animal chiropractor. However, there are a couple things you can do that may give you an indication that they would benefit from chiropractic care. Hold a treat in front of your dog and have them follow it to their shoulder. There should be no twisting, sideways maneuvering, or backing up to get the treat (you can see this done on the videos page at the end of the video called "More Than A Feeling"). You can also gently press along your pet's spine, if they seem sore, aggravated, or afraid when you touch a certain spot, or even jump, this can be an indication that a chiropractic problem is present in that area.
WHAT KIND OF ANIMALS CAN DR. O'CONNOR ADJUST?
This is a common question we hear, and the answer is that any animal with a spine can benefit from chiropractic care! However, Dr. O'Connor limits her practice to small animals, which would be anything from as small as a chipmunk or bird to as large as a great dane or Saint Bernard! In her clinic, she mostly sees dogs and cats, but she also can adjust exotic animals, and she regularly adjusts wildlife that are being rehabbed at Fox Valley Wildlife Center.
ANIMAL CHIROPRACTIC FEES
Initial Visit, History, Exam, and Adjustment (>6 months): $45
Follow up Adjustments (>6 months): $40
Puppy/Kitten Initial Visit (<6 months): $25
Puppy/Kitten Follow Up Visit (<6 months): $20
Animals Currently In Rescues/Shelters and Military Dogs (must have proof): $20
Mother/Puppies Combination Visit: Mother full price above and puppies free until they go to their new homes or reach 6 months. We are happy to provide certificates stating the puppies received chiropractic care as well.
Family Plans: Any combination of 3 people or pets. View the Programs Page for more details!
Want to fill out your pet's paperwork before you come in?
Geneva on Mondays:
Dr. O'Connor provides animal chiropractic care at Autumn Green Animal Hospital in Geneva on Mondays from 8am-4pm. If interested in scheduling at Autumn Green, please call (630)232-2222. The unique hospital combines aspects of western and eastern medicine to provide an integrative approach to therapy, treatment, and preventative care. They offer massage, Reiki, grooming, boarding, chiropractic care, dog training, and wellness visits with or without vaccines all under one roof!
$45 per Adjustment
DeKalb once a month:
Live in or near DeKalb? Dr. O'Connor is scheduled for monthly visits at Stewart Family Chiropractic.
If you would like your pet adjusted at their clinic, please call them at (815) 517- 0917.
$45 per Adjustment
Fox Valley Dog Training Club once a month:
If you are a part of FVDTC, Dr. O'Connor is at Thursday night training once a month to provide a convenient way to get your dog adjusted before or after class! You can schedule online by selecting FVDTC training night, or give our office a call at (630)499-4078 to get on the schedule!
Same Adjustment Rates at Vitality Above in "Fees" Section
"My mission is to make your pet the healthiest and happiest that it can be. I also want the owner to be satisfied with their pet's care, to understand everything I do, and to ask questions if they don't; because there is a purpose for everything I do for my patients. I want your pet to be excited to come to the clinic because they know that they will feel better on their way out. If you haven't discovered what chiropractic can do for your pet, come in and see us... we would love to see you!" - Dr. Erin O'Connor