Shaw Chiropractic Care for Animals

Welcome to Shaw Chiropractic Care for Animals

Pets enjoy the same health benefits as people at all stages of life and health - puppies and kittens, family pets, companion animals, athletes, weekend warriors and seniors.

Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to health. As a natural form of health care, the goal is to improve an animal's overall well-being. Gentle, highly specific adjustments are applied to your pet's spine and joints to help restore the important relationship between the body and the nervous system. The results of a properly functioning nervous system include improved mobility, increased range of motion, decreased pain and inflammation, better energy, and improved athletic ability, just to name a few.

Whether your pet is an athlete, a "weekend warrior", or your devoted friend and constant companion, regular chiropractic care can be beneficial.

A referral for animal chiropractic from a veterinarian is not necessary. Chiropractic is not a replacement for regular, traditional veterinary care. Animal chiropractic should only be performed by a Certified Animal Chiropractor (or veterinarian certified in animal chiropractic).

Meet Dr. Shaw

Hi, I'm Dr. Susan, I have actively been providing chiropractic care to individuals and families in Barrie and surrounding communities since 1990. My passion for chiropractic, the desire to learn and my love of animals resulted in the completion of my certification as an Animal Chiropractor in 2005.

Having animals around the office keeps things fun and I also get lots wet kisses. Sometimes things even get a bit "hairy"!

I have always taken a wellness approach towards the care of my 2-legged and 4-legged patients and in caring for myself and family. Diet and nutrition are just a couple of my favourite topics. I enjoy speaking to various groups about animal chiropractic and I take pride in offering the highest quality of chiropractic care to all my patients.

On weekends, you may run into me hiking or snowshoeing on the trails of the Simcoe County Forests with a furry companion, or learning the art of photography along the shores of Kempenfelt Bay. You might also run into me out and about in the community volunteering my time as a member of the Rotary Club of Barrie. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends or simply curling up with a good book.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can an animal chiropractor help my pet with?

Chiropractic is not a cure or treatment for any symptom, condition or disease, however, when the spine and nervous system are functioning optimally, the ability to express health and proper function always improves. These are a few of the conditions I've seen in my office that have been helped with chiropractic care:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Hip or shoulder pain and forelimb or hindlimb pain
  • Arthritis
  • Weakness or lack of energy
  • Puppy sitting
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Bulging or herniated (slipped) discs
  • Sleep issues
  • Lameness
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Athletic improvement and stamina
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Pregnancy
  • Incontinence
  • Posture
  • Vertigo
  • Poor coordination

How do I know if my pet needs a chiropractor?

By far the most common complaint from owners is that their pet is just not him or herself. In other words, a change in behavior. Animals may exhibit signs of lameness, stiffness, excessive licking, lack of energy, poor digestion, or lack of coordination. Arthritis or hip dysplasia, chronic health problems, and recovery from injury or surgery may be helped with chiropractic care.

Animals "listen" to their bodies. They let us know when their body isn't functioning at its optimum by sleeping more, being inactive, sad or grumpy! Chiropractic care can help athletic animals to speed healing from injuries and by optimizing performance.

Dr. Susan will perform a comprehensive examination to determine where the problem is coming from and what may be the best treatment for your best friend.

How often will my pet have to come?

Every animal responds differently to care. It also depends on age, activity level, severity of the condition and how long your pet has had the condition. Remember, healing takes time.

Once Dr. Susan has completed the comprehensive examination, she will explain her findings and make recommendations that are specific for your pet.

What kind of animals do you work with?

I currently only work with small animals. Although my education included extensive training with large animals such as horses, my passion is working with small animals. If you are looking for a chiropractor that works with horses and other large animals I may be able to provide you with a referral.

How much is it going to cost?

The initial visit is an opportunity for you to share your pet's health concerns followed by a comprehensive examination with Dr. Susan which costs $80. She will make recommendations for further care based on her examination findings.

Because each case and each animal is unique, it is difficult to predict how much care your pet may require. Subsequent visits costs $40.


Click here to download the New Animal Patient Questionnaire. The completed form can be emailed to the office or printed and brought with you at the time of your appointment.


For more information, to set up an appointment, or for any other inquiries, please contact Dr. Susan:


Red Barn Event Centre, 8464 Simcoe County Road 27, Barrie, ON Canada


  • Tuesdays    2pm - 6:30pm
  • Wednesdays    2pm - 5:30pm
  • Thursdays    8am - 11:30am