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Animal Osteopathy

Animal Osteopathy

Just like humans, animals can benefit from osteopathy to help relieve pain and discomfort. Osteopathy can be used to help horse and rider biomechanics, agility dogs, gun dogs and any pet with musculoskeletal issues.

Horse and rider

Horses, dogs and every animal can benefit from seeing an osteopath to help them enjoy life without pain. Animal osteopaths use the same principles and range of techniques as human osteopaths, modifying where necessary and using hands-on assessment to map a case history which ordinarily would be achieved via verbal communication.

Osteopathy is able to identify areas of movement restriction, tissue stress, tension and inflammation and poor biomechanical function. It is a treatment which often finds success with animals that are deemed to be ‘out of sorts’ without clear medical reasoning. Osteopathy can be used to treat both horse and rider allowing for the relationship of a pairings biodynamics to be carefully assessed to help find their optimum performance. It can be used as an integral part of an equine team with pre- and post event treatments as well as a tool to support a horse’s overall well-being and mobility.

There are many equine conditions osteopathy can help including:

  • Injuries from falls, training, or other activities
  • Degenerative arthritis and lameness
  • Gait problems
  • Pain and stiffness in areas of the body
  • Changes in behaviour – bucking, bolting, rearing, cold back, problems jumping
  • Problems with head carriage
  • Uneven muscle bulk
  • Tendon problems
  • Ligament overstrain
  • Mobility Improving and maintaining performance
  • Rider mobility and posture
  • Rider connectivity
  • Rider balance

Dogs

Every day our dogs put themselves into situations that unbalance their structure as most do not know their body limitations. Your dog can fall, jump badly or sleep in a poor position and cause themselves problems. Working dogs – from agility to racing, gundogs and sheepdogs – are particularly susceptible to work-related injuries and muscular imbalances. It’s important to recognise and manage any strains or pressures being put on areas of their body to optimise their performance and ensure a long and healthy life.

Osteopathy can help dogs in many ways including:

  • Pre and post-surgery care
  • Change in gait or general movement patterns
  • Recovery from traumas and accidents
  • Loss of performance in a competing or working dog
  • Breed weakness
  • Lameness Osteoarthritis / Degenerative conditions
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Neck & back problems
  • Minor joint strains and ligament sprains

Small animals

Osteopathy can treat any small animal in pain who would be deemed to be receptive to treatment. In most small animal cases osteopathy will be used within or alongside the services and treatment of a veterinary practice.

Treatments

Before treating your pet, Jim will contact your vet for permission and to gain a full case history. Please be aware that treatment can not take place until permission has been received from your vet.

The treatment will take place at your animal’s home or in some cases can be arranged at your veterinary practice, but it is important for your animal to feel relaxed. Jim will assess your animal and the way they move, examining their whole body not just the point of pain or discomfort. He will then use a variety of stretches, joint mobilisation, massage-like techniques and manipulation where required. Post-treatment he may be able to advise you on stretches and exercises that can help rehabilitate your animal between treatments.

Pricing

Equine: £65 per horse, with discounts offered if visiting more than one horse on a yard as part of the same visit.

Canine: £36 per consultation. Most pet insurance companies will cover osteopathic treatment for dogs if referred by your vet.