Our beloved furry family members deserve owners who look after their health. For those pets that struggle with mobility and other similar issues later in life, it is important to know that an animal chiropractor is an option as a primary or supportive method of care, providing pain relief and improving their overall quality of life. Dr. Keith Billstein is nationally certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). He offers animal care at two convenient locations in Princeton, MN, and Anoka, MN, at Motion Wellness Chiropractic and Anoka Andover Chiropractic, respectively.
What Is Animal Chiropractic?
Did you know that animal chiropractic has been around for more than 100 years? It has its roots in the care and conditioning of animals that are also athletes, such as racehorses. However, the first animal chiropractic training program was only documented as recently as the 1980s. Your family chiropractor can now obtain certification in animal chiropractic care from organizations such as the AVCA.
Animal chiropractic, like human treatments, focuses on manipulations and adjustments to the spine and extremities to treat vertebral subluxations. These treatments allow your chiropractor to help optimize your pet’s health, provide much-needed pain relief, and improve mobility. Animal chiropractic is not a replacement for standard veterinary medicine but contributes to your animal’s overall quality of life.
Dr. Billstein, who specializes in animals and humans, may use treatments like the manual or instrument-assisted Activator method. This method helps the vertebrae move back into the correct position to relieve symptoms of a pinched nerve or disc. At Motion Wellness Chiropractic and Anoka Andover Chiropractic, serving Princeton, MN, and Anoka, MN, our team can treat small pets like cats and dogs. For larger animals like horses, we can arrange on-site appointments with you.
When to Consider Animal Chiropractic
An animal chiropractor offers care that is effective if your beloved pet suffers from a mechanical, chronic, or neurologic issue, including:
- Disc disease
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Laminitis or navicular disease unique to horses
- Chronic health problems that need alternative treatment
- Post-surgical recovery
Dr. Billstein will thoroughly review your animal’s medical history and perform a physical exam before administering treatment. The basic tenets of chiropractic care remain the same, and only the patient may be furrier or have four legs and hooves.
At Motion Wellness Chiropractic and Anoka Andover Chiropractic, serving Princeton, MN, and Anoka, MN, we offer people and pet chiropractic suitable for the whole family. If you have an animal you think could benefit from visiting an animal chiropractor, please do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Billstein and his team. Call us today at 763 213 5068 or 763 427 7122 to book an appointment.