Chiropractic for Animals

At Cloverfield Chiropractic Care we treat both large and small animals. Dr Graeme Ritchie’s veterinary chiropractic qualifications allow him to treat both horse and rider combinations as well as dogs and their handler. This is very powerful for enhancing athletic performance and therefore taking another step in the right direction towards achieving your competition goals.

Horse with Chiropractor, Animal Chiropractor Newtownards


At Cloverfield Chiropractic Care we treat a wide range of horses including the cherished family pony, dressage, show jumping and eventing horses. Animal chiropractic can be used for chronic musculoskeletal problems, acute problems such as tension or stiffness, prophylactic treatment to maintain fitness, maintaining soundness in older animals, enhancing performance ability of sport animals, as a complementary treatment for chronic lameness such as bone spavin, navicular syndrome or tendon problems in the horse. This includes horses with back pain from incorrect training or saddle fitting, strain/sprain injuries from playing in the field to engagement issues and enhancing athletic performance.

Signs and Symptoms which may indicate pain or dysfunction:

– Lack of engagement
– Working better on one rein
– A preference for right or left lead in canter
– Changing lead in canter
– Difficulty bending
– Cold backed horses
– Excessive swishing of the tail
– Shivering or hollowing while being groomed
– Reluctance to stand square

White Dog, Veterinary Chiropractor Northern Ireland


At Cloverfield Chiropractic we treat a wide variety of dogs including the cherished family pet as well as working, agility and show dogs. Conditions treated range from neck injuries, spinal disc problems, arthrosis, spondylosis, tendon problems like cruciate ligament injury in the dog as well as a wide range of other musculoskeletal problems, biomechanical issues and performance issues. Veterinary chiropractic for dogs and small animals also plays an important role in injury prevention and wellness.

Signs and Symptoms which may indicate pain or dysfunction:

– Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into the back of the car
– Yelping when being stroked
– Change in gait or running diagonally sideways
– Agility dogs- wider turns, knocking poles down or difficulty with take-off or landing
– Show dogs- a change in gait
– Running diagonally on more than 2 tracks
– Change in quality of movement
– Reluctance to stand square