about Dr. Shawn Henderson

I am a chiropractor who has completed specialized training and is certified in animal chiropractic techniques, graduating from the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre.  

I am a second-generation chiropractor having practiced in Etobicoke for over 20 years. I have advanced certification in orthopaedics, rehabilitation and acupuncture, in addition to being a *Certified Animal Chiropractor.

I am passionate about people and pet patient care and look forward to enhancing the health of your family!

How Does Dog Chiropractic Work? 

Dog chiropractic is a holistic, all-natural approach to treating a number of joint, muscular and skeletal problems that are common in some dogs and certain breeds. The principles and practices behind veterinary chiropractic are nearly identical to those used with humans. 

The most common way both human and animal chiropractors treat spinal restrictions (misalignment of the vertebrae) and other problems is through chiropractic adjustment, which involves low force manual manipulation of the spinal column, joints or other affected areas. These adjustments help improve mobility and function and alleviate physical stress, strain and pain by removing the source of the symptom and letting the body heal itself. 

If you and your veterinarian have ruled out other options for relief and treatment, dog chiropractic is a great alternative – all without the use of medication or surgery. 

What Conditions Can a Dog Chiropractor Help Treat? 

Dog chiropractic can help treat a long list of disorders, injuries and ailments, and as the practice of veterinary chiropractic continues to evolve, this list will certainly grow. The following are some of the more common conditions dog chiropractors treat. 

  • Sports injuries 

  • Neck and back injuries 

  • Hip dysplasia 

  • Osteoarthritis relief 

  • Forelimb lameness 

  • Stiffness 

  • Post-surgery recovery 

What Are the Signs and Symptoms? 

If you notice any of these signs in your pup, it could mean that he suffers from a condition that chiropractic treatment could help. Of course, you should consult with your veterinarian first if you’re concerned about any of your dog’s symptoms. 

  • Having trouble climbing stairs 

  • Walking with a limp or dragging his back legs 

  • Weak front legs with no specific site of pain 

  • Trouble standing or lying down 

  • Reluctancy to move or decreased mobility 

  • Inability to jump 

  • Sitting or standing in an abnormal position and tilted to the side 

  • Abnormal gait and a shorter stride 

  • Hunched back 

  • Yelping when you pick him up around the chest area or general sensitivity to touch

*Certified Animal Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic and/or Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who have taken specialized training in animal chiropractic, and have completed international competency examinations set forth by  the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC) , and/or the  American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).

*Certified Animal Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic and/or Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who have taken specialized training in animal chiropractic, and have completed international competency examinations set forth by the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC), and/or the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).