In May of 2008, Dr. Stevens completed a five week course in animal chiropractic. She attended the Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic in Wellsville, Kansas. At Options, they bring the veterinary and chiropractic professions together for a common goal, and promote the highest standard of care in animal chiropractic by offering the best animal chiropractic education.

chiropracticWhat is Animal Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is an integral part of the holistic trend in animal health care. This therapy is designed to work with the inborn homeostasis of the animal. It belongs in the health care spectrum along with medicine and surgery. Chiropractic care does not pretend to encompass the entire study of health and disease, but does offer alternative therapy. Chiropractic philosophy is based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system and its role in biomechanics and movement. The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health through the body’s inmate recuperative power. Its strength is in preventing injuries and increasing quality of life.

Dr. Stevens passed both written and practical exams after the five weeks of training at Options. She is also certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. There are two veterinarians from South Dakota who have trained at Options for Animals. We believe the nearest animal chiropractor is at least 130 miles away.

chiro dogWho Needs Animal Chiropractic?

Chiropractic’s strength is in its power to prevent illness and increase performance. Animals are athletes, especially horses and dogs. Working and agility dogs, ranch and performance horses are athletes (human athletes are adjusted regularly). Adjustments are also helpful after a particularly tough workout and after an injury. Chiropractic is a way to treat animals without drugs. Virtually all animals have subluxations of their spine. Correcting, or “adjusting” these make the animal more comfortable and able to move normally. So the answer is – All animals can benefit from chiropractic care.

Equine Clinic

GET READY, GET SET, GO!!!

 

CRAH Equine Clinic is April 23rd  to 28th

 

The grass is greening up and events are scheduled which means you need to be READY TO GO.  Ready for What?  Well, it could be Rodeos, Trail Rides, Brandings, Shows, or just being ready for nice weather which means that mosquitos will be out.

     This year we will have a Farrier On Site for your trimming and shoeing needs!  We hope this helps you get one-stop-and-ready service prior to your spring and summer events.

      Do you travel, or have young horses?  It is highly recommended to protect young and treveling horses against Strep equi, the very contagious bacteria that causes Strangles.  Traveling horses also need a Coggins (test for Equine Infectious Anemia), which is good for 12 months in most states.

      Did you know that West Nile is still a threat?  In 2017, the surrounding area had 250 cases of West Nile, which included SD, NE, WY, MT and CO.

      If your horses don't travel, you might think they are safe.  Maybe not...  Horses that don't travel are still susceptible to diseases that spread in the air.  Mosquitos and other bugs are carriers of diseases such as Sleeping Sickness and West Nile.  Also vaccinate for prevention of Tetanus (which is in the ground), Rhino, and Flu (sometimes showing up in barns of horses that have not traveled), and Rabies (always fatal).

      Most adult horses need their teeth checked, and maybe Floated, every 8-12 months.  Horse teeth continue to grow 3-4 mm each year - for life.  Offset alignments naturally create sharp points that can cause irritation and sores on the cheeks and tongue as well as affecting their ability to grind their food.  

      Dr. Stevens will be here to adjust your horse if needed.  Chiropractic  care of the spine can impact performance and behavior.  Did you know that your horse can perform 10% better if their spine is moving well?  And behavior problems in horses are often a result of pain from spinal subluxations.  Some of these that you might be seeing include; being "cinchy", not accepting/fighting the bit, being unwilling to take the correct lead, unwillingness to turn one direction or the other, and lameness.

      Please let us know if you would like to have your horse's feet trimmed or shod while here, and we will help schedule a time with the Farrier for you.  

      This is the best time to take advantage of Discounted Prices on recommended products to protect against diseases such as Rhino, Flu, Sleeping Sickness, Tetanus, Strangles, West Nile and Rabies.  We will also have discounted broad-spectrum dewormer, for Tapeworms, Strongyles, Roundworms, and Bots.

 

 CRAH is very excited for this year's Equine Clinic.  Don't Delay, Call Today to reserve your time.

605-662-7838

Appointment times are needed for Coggins, Dentals and Chiropractic Adjustments.  You do not need an appointment to pick up vaccines or dewormer.

Payment is required at the time of services rendered.