When we watch the typical agility dog run through the obstacles on the course, we see many things. We see his commitment to his owner, his flexibility, speed, athleticism, coordination, whiplash…. Wait a minute, whiplash? Isn’t that something that happens to humans in car accidents? Yes, but it is also the same type of acceleration-deceleration injury that happens to the neck of a dog as he comes over a jump. The forces upon the neck are very much alike. This in turn causes subtle repetitive injury to his neck which over time can progress to more serious injuries and chronic pain.
Other trauma often occurs during the downward scramble along the dogwalk and a-frame which stresses the shoulders and neck in a similar manner. We don’t often think about these forces on the body until our dogs start to favor a leg or show pain in their shoulders or neck. The great news is that this is treatable, and we can prevent chronic degenerative changes associated with these injuries.
Animal chiropractic addresses the subluxations caused by whiplash. Remember that maintenance care is essential to help prevent long term problems. Don’t wait until your dog is in pain. An athletic dog will maintain health better and longer than a couch potato but we can’t forget that both of these types of dog will need attention to correct problems before they cause pain and neurological symptoms. Schedule your appointment today!