56 Edourard Gagnon,

Gatineau, QC

 J9H 6X7

Riverside South Pet Shop

3771 Spratt Rd Unit 1, Ottawa, ON K1V 2P3

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Agility dogs

Many agility dogs develop neck and back pain as a result of subluxations within the cervical and thoracic spine.

Dogs carry 60 percent of their weight on their front legs, add to this stress the act of an “A Frame” and jumps–and the stress increases.

The shoulder, upper back, and neck take on the stress and if there exists a subluxation (locked up joint irritating a nerve), then performance drops such as knocking down poles and lameness.


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Alternative Medicine for Geriatric Pets

Our pets often give us the best years of their life, so it only make sense that in our pet’s old age, we want them to be as comfortable as possible. A great way to help your pets through their old age is with regular chiropractic visits.

What was once thought of alternative medicine for humans is now pushing into the canine world, and in a big way. Studies show chiropractic work can be a tremendous help for geriatric dogs. Below, we have outlined just a few of the wonderful benefits that come with taking your dog to regular appointments.

Geriatric Care for your Pet

Keep the Spine In Line

Each little vertebra in your dog’s spine contributes to his or her overall health and wellbeing. Having a healthy spine alignment means that your dog has the full range of motion to curl up in a ball to sleep or to run and play, changing directions quickly. Having one vertebra that is out of alignment can compromise the vertebra’s mobility making it hyper-mobile. This in turn can throw other vertebrae out of alignment and can eventually lead to tighter, stiffer vertebrae. This means that your dog could potentially have difficulty moving. In older age, having full range of motion is a key to a long and healthy life.

Healthy Blood Vessels

In between each vertebra there are blood vessels that are responsible for sending nutrition into the spinal column and throughout the nearby joins. If your geriatric pet experiences any swelling in his or her joints, it could be due to decreased blood flow in these vessels. When the swelling is persistent, it can eventually lead to decreased mobility because tendons, ligaments, and other surrounding tissue can become damaged or restricted.

Additionally, decreased blood flow can lead to shrinking cartilage, making areas more prone to damage from trauma. Having a healthy spine can allow for proper blood flow through the vessels helping to ensure that your older dog is maintaining healthy joints and soft tissues.

Organ Health

Having a healthy system means that your dog’s body should be receiving the proper feedback from all of his or her internal organs. When there is a misalignment in the spine, the body might be sending signals to release more adrenaline into the body. This can throw off the natural amount of blood that is supplied to the skin, digestive system, and mucous membranes. Eventually, this could lead to very serious respiratory problems.

Additionally, gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion and bloat can be caused from a digestive system that is not sending the correct signals. When the internal organs are not sending the correct signals, the dog’s body can be more susceptible to a suppressed immune system leading to disease. For your geriatric dog, having optimal internal organ health is essential for a longer, healthier life.


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May 24, 2018

Man’s best friend has taken on a whole new meaning, with service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support dogs. For some people these dogs are not just companions, they are vital to their everyday lives.

Animals who provide a service to people of many different needs, such as a trained guide dog for a blind woman or a therapy dog for someone who suffers from anxiety, can be crucial to a person looking to maintain a normal life. Each type of dog is called upon to fill a different need for its owner, and each is granted different protections under federal law.

What is the difference in these dogs?

Service dogs are trained to perform everyday and specialized tasks that benefit or help someone with a disability. They can be trained to guide the blind, help the hearing impaired, detect seizures or the impending threat of a seizure in someone who is epileptic. These dogs jump into action, taking the proper steps to ensure the person’s safety or performing a specific task that helps resolve the...

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy a sweet warm weather again. As a pet owner, you definitely know that pets love summer just as much as we do. It’s the best time of the year for them to bask in the sun and enjoy all that the season has to offer. However, summer heat can be dangerous to pets if not kept in check. It’s hard for pets to keep cool when the temperatures become extensively high because they do not sweat like humans.

Dogs, for example, keep themselves cool by panting. But when the temperatures are too high and even the air they breathe is hot, it becomes hard for them to keep cool. Here are vital tips you must consider this summer in order to keep your dog safe from any extensive heat.

5 Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe From The Summer Heat

1. Never leave your dog in a hot car

Cars get heated pretty fast when parked outdoors, especially directly under the sun. It can take a very short time for a pet to experience heat stroke and possibly suffocate when left locked in a car. For exa...

Approximately 35% of Canadian households own a dog and 38% own a cat. 

In addition to offering much-needed companionship, they can somehow instantly turn a bad day, into a good one.

The world of science recently revealed that pets offer mental and physical benefits. More specifically, our furry friends help boost our overall health and well-being. here is why:

1. Improve cardio vascular health.

Pets are known to helps regulate your blood pressure, lower resting heart rate. Furthermore, since they encourage individuals to be more active, they help lower cholesterol and triglyceride  levels. Cholesterol and fat build-up have been linked to the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.  This is true of cat and dog owners alike. According to Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, owning a pet lowers the risk of developing heart disease. Furthermore pet owners tend to recover from an increased heart rate episode much faster.

2. Reduce stress

Research shows that people who...

March 29, 2018

Saddle Fit is one of the most important considerations for any rider, anywhere. The purpose of the saddle is to distribute the weight of the rider evenly, provide a stable base, and to allow the horse to move independently from the rider. If a saddle is the wrong size, positioned incorrectly or defective, it can cause pain and even lameness. Signs of a poor-fitting saddle include head tossing, sores on the back, abnormal head carriage, difficulty changing leads, hair loss or white hairs along the withers under the saddle (indicating blood circulation being cut off), saddle avoidance or striking when saddled, bucking, swelling after removing the saddle and uneven sweat patterns. Over time, the horse’s efforts to compensate in an effort to maintain mobility and balance can result in muscle strain, pain, stumbling, abnormal gait patterns and even lameness! Poor saddle fit can result from improper placement, broken or worn trees, uneven panels and incorrect size of saddle to rider. When sa...

1. Not exercising your dog.

Exercise should be regular and if possible daily. It doesn't have to be a 3 hour walk in the cold Canadian winter. Short daily walks are better than doing nothing all week and taking them out for several hours on the weekend. Some ideas: certain toys where you can hide a ball or even a treat can make your dog more active. Playing catch or tug-of-war is also good exercise. Try training your dog to walk on a treadmill. (this may require professional help from a trainer) Inviting your friend's dog over for playtime is also a good idea. Hiding treats in the house can make your dog active and stimulates his brain.

2. Letting your dog jump from furniture that is too high.

This is especially important for toy breeds. One thing you can do is to put a step and get your dog used to jumping on that step or picking them up.

3. Letting your dog become overweight. Most of a dog's weight is under her/his spine. Extra weight causes stress on the vertebrae and could cause VSC (v...

As a canine chiropractor I often see dogs that have been injured due to slips and falls on ice. I’ve observed my own dogs as they run outside, not knowing there is ice. So I decided to write this blog. Hopefully these tips will help.

1. Try to keep as much of the area where your dog goes out free from ice. Although this is very difficult at times, there are a few things you can do.

a) Breaking the ice with an ice scraper. At times it is impossible to remove all the ice, however crunched up ice is considerably less slippery than a sheet of ice.

b) Using sand can be helpful as ice salt is not recommend. Prolonged contact can lead to chemical burns on your dog’s feet.

c) Rubber mats are also an option especially if your dog is going out on a wooden deck in the backyard. They can be purchase at the local hardware store.

2. Keep the hair between your dog’s toe short. This is especially import for long hair dogs. Ice can accumulate in the hair making it twice as slippery.

3. Trim their nails just...

I would like to share a story with you about a little dog named Raf. He is 8 years old Raf's owner was quite worried about him because he could not bear weight or walk on his hind legs. She saw the veterinarian but it did not help Raf. She thought she might have to euthanize her baby :( Fortunately she called me 
I started adjusting Raf twice per week

After 3 weeks, Raf started to walk with a limp. I continued to adjust him and he conti nued to improve until he walked normally. 


September 29, 2017

How A Four-Legged Friend’s Spine Works

Is your pet’s spine misaligned? Humans are just about the only mammal using their spines incorrectly. Dogs and cats have it figured out: They have four limbs for a reason!

So when your dog or cat starts walking funny, it can be a little surprising to learn that animals sustain spinal injuries and discomfort from everyday use in the first place. Even when your spine isn’t bearing the full weight of your upper body, it can still be moved in a way that it shouldn’t, whether from exertion, falling down, or injury. Simple tasks, like jumping for a frisbee, can create discomfort and misalignment even in young healthy dogs.

Although an animal’s spine is suspended from the legs, rather than sitting upright like a human’s, it still serves many of the same functions as a human’s spine and suffers much of the same abuse. Animals jump from their rear legs, putting the same pressure on the spine as when a human jumps. When an animal is startled, they’re just as l...

July 27, 2017


Just like humans, animals benefit greatly from massages. Incorporating a massage into your rescue dog’s daily routine can really help control their anxiety and fear, helping them calmly transition into your family. Here are 3 reasons why massages really work wonders on rescues:

Relieves Stress

For any dog, but especially if your pup is anxious or fearful, a massage can drastically reduce stress. Make 10 minutes of massage part of your nightly routine right after your last walk of the day and your dog will quickly begin to associate this before-bed ritual with a calming, meditative state which will improve not only stress but their quality of sleep. 

Build Trust

If you’re a rescue dog owner, you understand the struggle it can be to earn the trust of your pet. From abuse and abandonment issues, to possessiveness and defensive behavior, it takes time and patience for a rescue to come around and begin to identify you as a human worth trusting. Massagi...

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Benefits of animal chiropractic

We thought it was time for a reminder about the benefits of animal chiropractic. Animal chiropractic is a field of animal health care that focuses on the health of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Nerves control everything that happens in your animals, and anything affecting the nervous system will resonate throughout the entire body. This can interfere with the performance of the nerves branching off of the spinal cord, which transit to all of the muscles and organs. As this occurs, your animal can lose mobility; resulting in stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction. Additionally, when normal movement is affected, it can impact your animal’s well-being and quality of life.

The goal of an animal chiropractor is to restore function and mobility to compromised spinal vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic communication. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential. Animal chiropractors use their hands to identify areas of restriction and apply a precise thrust on the immobile vertebrae in an effort to restore motion and remove nerve interference. When nerves efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animals’ bodies, healing and recovery results.

Animal Chiropractic is not meant to replace traditional veterinary care. It is not an alternative treatment, but rather an integrative method that when used in conjunction with good traditional veterinary care, will provide years of healthy living. This is the beginning of a contemporary, comprehensive approach to your animal’s health care. It is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining strength, vigor, and well-being. By exploring and treating the root causes of your animal’s aches, pains, and illnesses, you will ensure maximum improvement, top performance, and an exceptional quality of life for the animal companions we love.


Benefits of proper diet for horses

Owning a horse can be a very rewarding experience. Whether it’s for riding competitions or personal pleasure, horses can provide endless hours of joy. And although they are strong and magnificent animals, they can also be relatively fragile if not treated well. Diet plays an essential role in the health of the horse. Here are some of the benefits of providing your horse with a proper diet.

Behavioral Changes

Horses are known for their quiet, calm demeanor. When a normally tranquil horse suddenly becomes much more agitated, diet may be to blame.

Should you notice that your horse is acting strangely, see if there have been any large dietary changes of late. Intestinal distress may be causing the horse discomfort, and leading them to behave unusually.

If no dietary changes have taken place, it may be a musculoskeletal issue. A difference in posture or gait may be sure signs that there is a physical issue with your horse. If they resist being ridden or begin to buck, it may be time to consult with a specialist from the Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. They will be able to diagnose and provide treatment that may alleviate the physical symptoms your horse is experiencing.

Prevents Arthritis

All mammals have a physiology that follows a similar blueprint; a skeletal structure that serves to protect vital organs while also acting as scaffolding for muscle tissue. The body of a horse contains a large amount of muscle around the hips, and it is this muscle that provides it with a majority of its strength and speed. However, much of this mass is situated on relatively thin ankle and knee joints, meaning that horses are often prone to bone breaks and diseases of the joints like arthritis.

One way to prevent such maladies is by not overfeeding a horse. A horse’s digestive tract is designed for near constant grazing, and a horse will eat with great frequency if allowed to do so. Therefore, it’s important to monitor how much a horse is fed in addition to any grazing it may do on its own. Frequent exercise will help ward off obesity, but the best defense against arthritis is to prevent overeating from the start. Should you find that your horse is suffering from joint and bone pain, consult with a specialist at the Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic.


The image of a paint horse galloping over the open plain or a thoroughbred competing in the Kentucky Derby have been frequently explored in art and literature. Horses are beautiful creatures, and it’s important to provide them with the proper diet in order to help maximize that beauty.

A balanced diet is the first step in making sure that your horse has a shiny, lustrous coat. Many horses with a dull coat have protein and zinc deficiencies. Make sure that when feeding your animal that you are providing them with important amino acids in addition to their normal carbohydrate intake.

Fats intake also play a key role in a horse’s appearance. Supplementing a horse’s diet with additional sources of essential fatty acids can yield positive results with regards to the shine of a horse’s coat. If it seems like your horse has a dull, bland coat, mixing additional sources of essential fatty acids in to their feed may be just what the doctor ordered.