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Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.
-Anatole France

What is animal chiropractic?  

How do you know if your pet needs chiropractic care? 

Why do we need a veterinary referral?


In the state of Oregon, animal chiropractors are required to obtain a referral from your primary veterinarian. Your animals veterinarian knows your pet and their unique health history. By working in conjunction with veterinarians, animal chiropractors aid in restoring your pet’s optimal health by treating the whole patient. Animal Chiropractic is NOT intended to assume the primary health care responsibility of animals or replace veterinary medicine.

Animal chiropractic offers non-surgical, drug-free option for your pet. We focus on correcting dysfunction in the joints of the skeletal system and the surrounding soft tissue. Restoring proper function permits optimal function of the muscles, nerves, and tissues supporting the joints, resulting in improved movement, stance, and flexibility. Animal chiropractic care is not limited to an injured or sick pet. Healthy and athletic animals are ideal candidates for chiropractic examination and care. The proper alignment and joint function can promote increased agility, endurance, and overall performance.

Because animals cannot verbalize their pain and discomfort it is important to be aware of signs that your dog may be in pain. The symptoms of joint dysfunction are vast and may include pain, spasm, sensitivity to touch, lameness, gait abnormalities and postural compromise. What you may notice from your canine companion is walking a little different, sitting differently, or trouble getting up from laying down or lagging behind on walks. You may also notice that they are unable or unwilling to perform activities that they used to do with ease, such as going up and down the stairs or getting up on the couch. Your horse may resist being saddled, irregular gait or reluctance to take correct leads.





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We believe that movement is the key to life, therefore our treatment approach is guided towards increasing your animals function and natural ability to move. With chiropractic assessment, we look for a restriction in joint movement, altered gait and decreased overall function. With our chiropractic treatment, we will work with you and your pet to restore optimal function, decrease pain and increase the overall quality of life. 


Dr. Knutson was born and raised on a small farm in the Gallatin Valley, Northwest of Bozeman, Montana. His love for animals started a young age as he was raised with horses, dogs, and many other critters.  He graduated from chiropractic college in 2007 and has been wanting to bring the healing art of chiropractic to animals since.  In 2017, he got certified through Parker University and the AVCA to do just that.  He is excited to bring this healing approach to the animals of the  Hillsboro area.


Dr. DeChant has always had a love and understanding for animals. She believes that allowing an animal into your heart is one of the greatest gifts. She graduated from the University of Western States in Portland, OR in 2016 and has always had an interest in sharing chiropractic with the animal world. She decided to pursue postgraduate training at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic, where she got certified with options and the IVCA. She is excited to start helping your family members feel and move better. 




1046 NE Orenco Station Pkwy Hillsboro, OR 97124 

Tel:  503-747-7473


Small Animal: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Mon, Tue, Wed, and Fri

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat - by appt only 

Large Animal: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Thurs- by appt only 

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat - by appt only

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Phone: (503) 747-7473
Fax: (503) 430-8522

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