Of all the animals that I have seen, there is no doubt in my mind that 95% of the owners do have a genuine love for their animals. What these animal lovers don't understand, is that when it comes to animal health-care, love by itself does not help the animal much. You have to combine love with understanding and responsibility if you want to do what is best for your animal.
When a dog is seen by a qualified Animal Chiropractor - and its problem can be addressed by chiropractic care - then 90% of the dogs recovery is dependent on the chiropractor.
When a horse is seen by a qualified Animal Chiropractor - and its problem can be addressed by chiropractic care - then 30% of the horses recovery is dependent on the chiropractor.
The difference between the two is the cause of the problem (this matter is discussed in the article below), and the recovery rate relates to the long term, rather than the short term.
Dog owners need to be aware of their pets behaviour and gait, and make sure there is no deviation from the norm.
Horse owners have a greater responsibility, as there are more variables involved in terms of what can cause the problem. When I leave a stable, and the horse is aligned properly in the joints, I stress to the owner that the treatment will only last temporarily unless the cause of the problem is addressed. (Often the horses are in severe pain, have muscle spasms everywhere in the body, and cannot walk properly. Someone is called to treat the horse - and yet the important question is never asked - why is the problem there in the first place???).
It must be stressed that I am more interested in your animal staying well in the long term. For the animal to recover and be better for a few weeks or months does not mean much to me.
As you would service your car on a regular basis, rather have people maintain your animals on a regular basis. Don't wait for problems to arise - then it is too late, as your animal more than likely has been in pain for a long period of time.
My promise to you is that I will do everything in my power to help your animal, as long as you start combining love with understanding and responsibility.
Owners need to play a more active role in doing what is best for their animals.