Dr. Southall is a certified animal chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).  This practice, service, and certification is in no way associated with the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners (TBCE).  The TBCE does not support the practice of animal chiropractic by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in the state of Texas.  Therefore, the TBCE has no liability for Dr. Southall's practice of animal chiropractic.  More information on Dr. Southall's certification and the AVCA can be found at www.avcadoctors.com.

Animal Chiropractic Care is an alternative, drugless method of health care for animals. This care focuses on the nervous system, in particular the brain and spinal column. The bones of the spine house and protect the spinal cord. Nerves exit the spinal cord between the bones of the spine to all organs and tissues of the body. When the bones of the spine are misaligned the flow of energy through the nerves in that area is altered. Altered nerve function can cause pain, disease, fatigue, weakness, poor balance, and immune suppression. The chiropractic adjustment is aimed to remove spinal/joint misalignment and restore the proper function of the nervous system.

How do misalignments occur?

Misalignment of a joint can occur from a serious traumatic injury such as falls, high stress situation, training, or competition activities. They can also be caused by daily repetitive stress. Animals in today’s society live completely different than they did 100 years ago. Horses are not meant to be kept in stalls or small pens. Dogs and cats are roaming animals not made to live in kennels and cages. These environments cause extra stress on animal’s bodies. Repetitive stress on a horse can range from improper saddle fit, improper shoeing, walking on uneven surfaces, or constant rein pressure. Dogs commonly have neck misalignments from being yanked on leashes, and low back misalignments from jumping on and off things. Pain is one of the later signs of misalignments, therefore it is not the best indicator of joint health. A sudden or gradual decrease in performance or energy is a good indicator of improper joint motion.

Common Symptoms Equine

    • Decrease in level of performance
    • Short striding, unlevel stride, limping
    • Uneven shoe wear
    • Difficult or unwilling to change leads
    • Abnormal posture when standing
    • Unwilling to have poll touched
    • Holding tail to the side
    • Unwilling to move head in certain direction
    • Unwilling to back up or stop
    • Unwilling to butt tuck
    • Pain and/or sensitivity

Key steps to prevention

  • Proper saddle fit
  • Proper hoof care and shoeing
  • Routine dentistry
  • Routine exercise followed by rest and recovery
  • Adequate nutrition and water intake
  • Routine chiropractic check-ups

    • Difficult or unwilling the jump
    • “Puppy sitting”
    • Limping
    • Pulling away when touched in a specific area
    • “Hot spots” (a sign of nerve irritation)

Key steps to prevention

  • Minimal caging/penning
  • Maintaining a proper body weight
  • Adequate nutrition and water intake
  • Chiropractic care

*** All animal chiropractic treatment is house calls ONLY. We do not see or treat animals within our office.