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Does Your Pet Need a Chiropractor?

Animals have spinal columns similar to humans, and they, too, can develop misalignments, which sometimes cause health problems.

A growing number of dogs and cats are seeing certified animal chiropractors as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, one that might otherwise rely on expensive surgery and potent medication to relieve chronic discomfort, according to veterinarians and animal chiropractic specialists. Animal chiropractic is not intended to replace traditional veterinary care, but is a way to keep animals healthy, active, and energetic. When used together, chiropractic and veterinary care can help pets live long, happy lives.

Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and painless, and often end chronic health problems that traditional medicines can’t always treat Other benefits include:

  • Better flexibility and agility
  • Physical endurance
  • Less reliance on medication
  • Lower risk of arthritis

Typically, animals, especially dogs, aren’t sedentary, at least by choice. They trip, fall and stumble just like humans and sometimes the demands of competition, racing and showing are more than they can handle.

By alleviating joint and muscle problems that impede movement, not only can Dr. Holly Landes, who visits Aiken Pet Fitness monthly, improve your animal’s quality of life, she may prolong its life, too.

How Our Chiropractic Services Can Help

Chiropractic services may help if your pet has experienced:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Seizures
  • Surgery
  • Trauma from a fall
  • Difficulty chewing or jaw problems  
  • Recurring respiratory or urinary tract infections
  • Changes in behavior or moods
  • Recurring vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
  • Trouble getting up, lying down, or maneuvering stairs

If you think your pet might benefit from our chiropractic services, call us for a consultation. Dr. Landes has practiced small animal and equine medicine since 2005, when she graduated from Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She was awarded an Army Health Professions Scholarship in her second year of veterinary school and spent four years after graduation as an Army vet. While caring for military working dogs, she saw many musculoskeletal injuries that forced the early retirement of these talented animals. Soon, she turned her focus on a quick recovery from traumatic injuries and prevention. She witnessed the immediate and obvious effects of chiropractic care on her own horses and was inspired to bring chiropractic care into her everyday practice. Dr. Landes attended Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic and was certified in animal chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in February 2014.

Dr. Landes see patients once a month by request. Call (803) 226-0012 or click here for an appointment. 

Walk Less, Lose More with TrimDog

Available at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation

A new study finds that overweight dogs that walk with the TrimDog Weight Belt lose weight faster.

Veterinarian Michele Rohrer of Atlantic Animal Hospital in Wilmington, N.C., conducted the clinical trial in partnership with TrimDog. Studies that involve people mirror similar results. 

Dr. Rohrer’s study included 12 canines, ages 2 to 10 that were considered overweight. One group walked with the TrimDog Weight Belt; the other group did not. Owners were instructed to walk their dogs at a brisk pace five times each week for 30 minutes and make no changes to their pets’ diets.

The dogs were weighed at Atlantic Animal Hospital before the study, again at week four and a final time at the end of the trial.

After eight weeks, dogs that walked with the TrimDog Weight Belt lost an average of 4 percent bodyweight, according to the study. Dogs that walked without it lost an average of 1 percent.

We love this product,” said veterinarian Sybil Davis, owner of Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation. “It's simple, effective and easy to use. We not only recommend the TrimDog Exercise Belt for weight loss, but we also use it on rehab patients to strengthen their rear legs.”

The belt is available for purchase at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation, and the staff will measure your dog for proper fit.

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New patients and their owners are always welcome. We are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon by appointment. Click here or call
(803) 226-0012 to make an appointment.


What our clients say ...

Quinn and I visited Dr. Sybil Davis at Aiken Pet Fitness and Rehabilitation this morning. I am so impressed. What a positive experience. The facility, the staff and Dr. Davis are great at what they do. I highly recommend them for any fitness or rehab needs. Thanks for fitting us in.

  — Nancy Webster, Quinn's owner

Snoopy and I love Sybil and Maggie (and Annette too, although we don't see her as often). Snoopy has recovered almost completely from her torn ACL with no surgery.

  — Mary Lou Seymour, Snoopy's owner
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