Signs your dog may need treatment:
- Lameness/altered gait
- Shortened stride
- Weight shifting
- Non weight bearing
- Agitation, any excessive, unusual barking or yelping
- 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
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.
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, therefore we will need to ask you for the dog’s veterinary practice details.
During the initial consultation we will take the time to let the dog get accustomed to our presence, this will be the time we 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