Our office is located on the second floor. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we do NOT have an elevator. For the time being, to get to our office your animal must be able to climb the stairs or you must be able to carry them to obtain care. We sincerely apologise for the incontinence.

Dr. Larry McCarthy

We do Bunnies too!

Adjusting a horse

Welcome to McCarthy Animal Chiropractic Clinic


Welcome to McCarthy Animal Chiropractic, serving the animals of Etobicoke, Toronto, Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area with a natural approach to helping your animal get better, keep healthy and function to the best of their ability. 

Dr. Larry McCarthy graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 1976 and has practised in Etobicoke for most of those years. He holds a certification in Animal Chiropractic, graduating in 2006 from the Canadian Animal Chiropractic Certification Program
, an AVCA certified school. Hands-On adjustments are used on your animal's spinal column to relieve nerve interference and promote health. Peripheral joint manipulation is also used to help maintain joint integrity and enhance performance in all animals.

2428 Islington Ave. Suite #210
Etobicoke, ON  M9W 3X8

We're on Islington Ave, between Rexdale Blvd & Albion Rd in the north part of Etobicoke.

What Is A Subluxation?

Spinal vertebra can get out of alignment or their normal function can be disrupted. This is what we call  a subluxation.

Subluxations can create a number of symptoms, some obvious, some not. The most common is pain. Like their human counterparts, animals in pain will compensate by changing the way they stand or walk. They may shift their weight or avoid certain movements. They may be unable or unwilling to perform certain tasks, even the ones they love to do. In their attempt to avoid pain they might appear to be un-coordinated or they may be less flexible. When the spine is not functioning correctly in one area, stress is placed on another area, causing secondary subluxations in those areas, further complicating the problem.

What is Animal Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a drug-free approach to your animal’s health care. It is the Science, Art and Philosophy that utilizes the inborn recuperative powers of all living creatures. It restores the important relationship between the animal’s spine and its nervous system, helping it regain and, more importantly, maintain its health. The goal of the animal chiropractor is to correct subluxations, which restores normal nerve function and improves the animal’s well being.

I'd love to have a look at your animal to see if we can help.

Animal Chiropractic & Veterinary Care

Dr. McCarthy is a Doctor of Chiropractic, licensed in Ontario, to diagnose and treat neuro-musculoskeletal disorders in humans with special training and certification in Animal Chiropractic. He is NOT a Veterinarian and will not take responsibility for the primary health care of your animal. Chiropractic care is NOT intended to replace traditional veterinary care, but is considered a specialized complementary therapy for animals, to be used concurrently and in conjunction with your Veterinarian’s care.

Research in the field of animal chiropractic is ongoing.  Some aspects of your animal’s history and care may be used in future research data.

How Do I Know If My Animal Needs Chiropractic Care?

Things to observe:
  • Pain
  • Sensitivity to touch 
  • Weakness
  • Paralysis
  • Limping
  • Puppy sit
  • Abnormal posture
  • Gait issues
  • Stiffness after rest
  • Uneven muscle development
  • Holding tail to one side
  • Seizures
  • Neurological problems
  • Can’t weight bear
  • Trouble getting up and down
  • Behaviour change
  • Skin lesions
  • Scratching
  • Stiffness in side movement of the body or neck
  • Holding up paw or hoof
  • Lack of energy

Special Interest

My wife, Pat, competes with our Labrador Retrievers in Canine Agility as well as Dock Diving, so I have a special interest in all Canine Athletes and have a keen eye to the problems that can not only lead to pain syndromes but can help your athlete perform at a higher level.

Vibe in competition

Field Trial dogs

Emergency Care

Emergency animal chiropractic care might be available for regular patients on days we are not normally in the office.
Try Dr. McCarthy at home at 416-745-6268. 
An out of hours charge may apply.


We are located at 2428 Islington Avenue. Suite #210
Etobicoke, ON  M9W3X8

Phone us at 416-747-6678
Email us at
Text us at 416-662-9800 

For an interactive map, please click on the CONTACT tab.