by Victoria Hartley-Ellender
In the field of veterinary medicine, animal chiropractic is quickly emerging as one of the most effective ways to ensure long-term optimal health for animals. Originally used primarily for racehorses and show dogs, animal chiropractic provides non-invasive tools to effectively restore, maintain, and preserve nerves and joints in animals of all shapes and sizes.
Dr. Jana Kingrey of Bayou South Animal Hospital offers the latest chiropractic practices to Southwest Louisiana, providing chiropractic care for animals daily in their Lake Charles clinic. Some of the animals she commonly treats are horses, dogs, cows, sheep, pigs, and even cats. Common conditions among Dr. Kingrey’s patients include chronic pain syndromes, disc herniation, sprain/strain injuries, muscle spasms, nerve pain, sports injuries, and maintenance of joint and spinal health.
Dr. Kingrey joined the staff of Bayou South Animal Hospital in 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada-Reno, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science. She received a Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Parker University in 2014. Dr. Kingrey is certified through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association as an animal chiropractor.
Currently, Dr. Kingrey said she treats about ten animals per week in animal chiropractic, but that number is steadily rising. She works alongside the veterinarians within her practice, integrating chiropractic techniques into their patients’ care. Animal chiropractic provides a better quality of life for patients, and that is what Dr. Kingrey loves most about her job.
“Seeing those animals that were once hurting, and watching them come into the clinic four weeks later happier and full of energy — I just love helping animals and I am thankful I have the opportunity to do it,” Dr. Kingrey said.
Animal chiropractic therapy provides many nonsurgical options to correct bone, disc, and soft tissue disorders. Not limited to injured or sick pets, chiropractic care also focuses on preservation of health by removing communication barriers among the nerves of the animal’s body as it ages. Chiropractic care helps older animals by maintaining proper joint alignment, giving pets increased agility, superior immune function, and a strong, healthy nervous system. “Some of the biggest benefits we see regularly among our patients are a better quality of life, a happier more relaxed animal, better movement patterns, a decrease in pain, and increased performance.”
For more information, visit www.bayousouthanimalhospital.com or call 337-480-1500.