Ask the Vet with Leah Garlan, DVM

Pennridge Wellness Center, Bloomington Glen

QuestionHow do you know if your animal needs to see a chiropractor? What other treatments can be used with chiropractic techniques to enhance results?

AnswerJust like people can get subluxations (misalignments of spinal bones), so do their animals. With age, pets may develop arthritis, making it difficult to run, jump, and play. Another reason to receive chiropractic care would be if your pet experiences a fall or injury to the back or any joints. If your dog is a performance or show dog, chiropractic treatment can be helpful or even necessary. In general, it can help your pet achieve optimal health and wellness.

The primary treatment I do for animals is the chiropractic adjustment. If necessary, I do incorporate cold laser therapy to speed the healing process along. This is excellent for tendon or ligament injuries. It is painless and works instantly. There is also specific supplementation used to increase joint healing, along with liquid flaxseed oil. The combination is the best treatment I offer, and it works! I also refer patients for acupuncture and Chinese medicine, which works great in conjunction with chiropractic care.

Leah Garlan DMVAbout the Vet:

Dr. Leah Garlan received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at the age of 23 from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. She always knew working with animals was her passion so she obtained certification from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in Dallas, Texas. After practicing for five years, Dr. Leah had the opportunity to continue her education in holistic care, and in August 2009 she graduated from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies with a Masters of Acupuncture. Currently, she is the owner and director of the Pennridge Wellness Center, a state of the art chiropractic and wellness center in Bucks County.

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