Ask the Vet with Dr. Annie Seefeldt, DC, CVSMT

QuestionMy dog has hip dysplasia in both back legs. My vet says surgery is the only option at this point. It’s a lot of money to pay out and I’m willing to do it, but I’m wondering if surgery is really the only option. Are there other things I can try before giving in to shelling out thousands of dollars and putting my dog through all of that pain?

AnswerBe sure to discuss your dog’s surgical options with your veterinarian and understand them thoroughly. These surgical options can change as your dog ages. You don’t want to miss a window of opportunity that you may have wanted to take.

That being said, chiropractic is certainly a viable alternative to consider. Please note it will not change the fact that your dog has hip dysplasia. However, chiropractic can help your dog’s body deal with the dysplasia better. For those families who cannot afford a surgical intervention or who wish to postpone surgery, chiropractic may help your furry friend handle this condition with less pain. In addition, ALL pets who have had surgery, whether orthopedic in nature or not, can benefit from post-surgical chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic supports the body’s natural healing abilities—and after any type of surgery, there is a lot of healing to do! A list of properly qualified animal chiropractors can be found at MNAnimalChiro.org.

Learn more about Dr. Annie Seefeldt by visiting ChiropracticforEveryBody.com

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