Complement, Not Substitute: Understanding the Relationship Between Chiropractic Care and Veterinary Medicine

Drs. Philip and Angela Rodger
Owners of Synchrony Chiropractic

The dynamic field of animal chiropractic has made significant strides in recent years, from equine chiropractic to canine chiropractic. These specialized treatments offer remarkable benefits, especially when combined with traditional veterinary care. But, can chiropractic care be a substitute for veterinary care? The straightforward answer is no, and here’s why.

Animal chiropractic and veterinary medicine each have their unique scope, and while they intersect in places, they aren’t interchangeable. Veterinary care is crucial for a pet’s overall health, focusing on a wide range of issues including disease prevention, diagnostics, surgery, and medication management.

Animal chiropractic, on the other hand, is a specialized field that focuses on the relationship between an animal’s nervous system and its biomechanical function. It aims to restore and maintain mobility, thus alleviating discomfort and improving overall performance. Chiropractic care can be a powerful adjunct to veterinary medicine, particularly in cases of musculoskeletal problems or as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation plan.

A certified animal chiropractor, like those at Synchrony Chiropractic in Ocala, FL, works closely with your regular veterinarian to provide integrative care. This collaboration ensures that every aspect of your pet’s health is addressed and taken care of. It’s all about teamwork, synchrony, and a shared goal – the best possible health and wellbeing of your beloved pet.

Animal chiropractic care should not replace regular vet check-ups or medical treatments. Instead, think of it as an additional tool in your pet’s healthcare arsenal, providing a holistic approach that complements traditional veterinary practices.

Every pet deserves the best care possible, and that includes the comprehensive health approach offered by combining traditional veterinary care and specialized animal chiropractic treatments.

If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to explore the benefits of animal chiropractic for your pet, feel free to call or text us at 352-356-8665 or email us at You can also schedule an appointment through our website.


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