Here at Wise and Wonderful, your Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, we have some news that has the local puparazzi literally jumping for joy. We’re happy to welcome animal chiropractor Dr. Ruben Quinonez to our team! Chiropractic offers many of the same benefits for pets as it does for people. It can help our furry patients enjoy better mobility, reduced pain and stiffness, and an overall improved quality of life. Read on to learn more about Dr. Quinonez and this wonderful treatment.

A Life-Changing Day

Dr. Quinonez enrolled in in Palmer West College of Chiropractic in 2014. At the time, he didn’t know animal chiropractic even existed! His own dog, a female Boxer named Rajah, whose love for chicken tacos is the stuff of legend, led him into the field. As many dogs do, Rajah had become very stiff and sore as she aged. Eventually, she was no longer able to jump out of Dr. Quinonez’ Jeep or play her favorite game, Fetch. She was diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a progressive, chronic condition. While DM isn’t curable, there are treatments that can help . . . such as chiropractic. Like many of you, Dr. Quinonez wanted to give Rajah the best life possible, and started looking into the practice. This turned out to be a game changer for both Dr. Quinonez and his furry best friend. After a month of animal chiropractic, Rajah was once again active and energetic and even playing Fetch again. As for Dr. Quinonez, after seeing the amazing difference chiropractic made in his own beloved pet, he was hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.

History of Chiropractic

The word ‘chiropractic’ is derived from the Greek words cheir (‘hand’) and praxis (‘practice’ or ‘done by’). Chiropractors manipulate the musculoskeletal system, particularly the spine, to treat a variety of medical issues. The practice dates back to 1895, when Dr. Daniel David Palmer treated a misplaced vertebra in a janitor’s back. It was first used on large animals in the early 1900’s. In the veterinary world, chiropractic is most often used to treat horses and dogs. However, it has also helped cats, birds, elephants, iguanas, turkeys, pigs, and even llamas.

How It Helps

Chiropractic can be used to treat many medical issues in pets, including hip dysplasia, chronic back and neck pain, and disk disease. It does not utilize drugs or surgery, and can be repeated as needed, often with continued results. It’s a truly beautiful thing to see a stiff, sore pet becoming mobile, playful, and happy again!

Do you think your pet could benefit from animal chiropractic? Contact us, your Santa Rosa, CA vet clinic, today!