Canine osteopathy can help your dog with a range of musculoskeletal issues, to ensure a more mobile and pain-free life.

This page provides information on possible signs that your dog may need osteopathic treatment, as well as on what to expect from such treatment.

Osteopaths at MSC Osteopathy are committed to helping restore and maintain the health of your dogs to the best of their ability.

Signs your dog may need treatment:

  • Lameness/altered gait 
  • Shortened stride 
  • Weight shifting
  • Non weight bearing
  • Agitation, any excessive, unusual barking or yelping
  • Pawing 
  • Reluctance/refusal to move/go for walks or perform activities
  • Hides/becomes very quiet 
  • Resistance or defensive when touched
  • Tail deviation and excessive movements
  • Unexplained behavioural changes

Canine osteopathy treatment

Treatments for dogs are very similar to that of horses, however, dogs tend to respond better to more soft tissue techniques and gentle mobilisation rather than manipulations.

An initial canine treatment would usually last 30-45 mins, and follow up appointments usually 20-30mins. You can find information about the duration and prices of our canine consultations here.

What to expect from a canine osteopathic session?

Before we see your dog we will need to gain consent from the appropriate veterinary practitioner to see the horse. We will therefore need to ask you for the dog’s veterinary practice details.

At the beginning of the initial consultation, we will take the time to let the dog get accustomed to our presence. During this time, we will take a case history, which will include information about the dogs current complaint, previous medical history, and details of the dogs’ daily routine. 

Benefits of canine osteopathy

  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase quality of movement
  • Improve overall biomechanics
  • Increase performance
  • Reduce pain and stiffness
  • Reduce stress

Contacting an osteopath

If you wish to find out more about canine osteopathy and the types of treatment we offer, or if you wish to book a canine osteopathy appointment, please contact us.

What if MSC Osteopathy does not provide osteopathic services in your area?

MSC Osteopathy services a number of areas in England, all of which are all listed at the bottom of our ‘Contact us’ page. If, however, you live outside of these areas, you can visit the Association of Animal Osteopaths website to find an animal osteopath near you.

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