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Osteopathy for exotic pets

Have you ever considered an osteopathic consultation for your rabbit, bird or snake? Whether your pet is experiencing acute issues, chronic conditions, or simply in need of preventive care, osteopathy can be a valuable tool in promoting their overall health and vitality. Our goal is to support your pet's health, happiness, and well-being throughout their life journey.

How can osteopathy help your pet ?

Osteopathy can also be applied to exotic pets, offering similar benefits as it does for domestic pets. Due to their unique anatomy and physiology, exotic pets require specialised approaches to osteopathic treatment. Here's how osteopathy can help your exotic pet:

  • Preventative Care: Osteopathy can play a role in preventative care for exotic pets, helping to identify and address musculoskeletal imbalances or restrictions before they develop into more serious issues.


  • Musculoskeletal Health: Exotic pets, such as reptiles, birds, or small mammals, can experience musculoskeletal issues like joint stiffness, muscle tension, or spinal misalignments. Osteopathic techniques can address these issues by promoting proper alignment, relieving tension, and improving mobility.


  • Injury Rehabilitation: Exotic pets, especially those kept in captivity, may be prone to injuries due to their environment or activities. Osteopathy can aid in the rehabilitation process by promoting healing, reducing inflammation, and restoring function to injured tissues.


  • Support for Aging Pets: As exotic pets age, they may experience age-related musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis or degenerative joint disease. Osteopathic treatment can help manage these conditions, alleviate pain, and improve quality of life for older animals.


  • Stress Reduction: Exotic pets may experience stress due to changes in their environment, handling, or medical procedures. Osteopathic techniques can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation, calming the nervous system, and fostering a sense of well-being in the animal.


  • Digestive Health: Some exotic pets, such as reptiles or birds, may benefit from osteopathic techniques aimed at improving digestive function. Manipulative techniques can help stimulate peristalsis, reduce intestinal blockages, and support overall gastrointestinal health.

It is essential to integrate osteopathic care into a comprehensive veterinary care plan, working collaboratively with a qualified veterinarian familiar with exotic species to ensure the best possible outcome for your pet's health and welfare.

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How many sessions will my pet need?


The number of osteopathic sessions your pet will need depends on various factors, including its specific condition, response to treatment, and overall health. A treatment plan will be tailored to your pet's individual needs and may involve multiple sessions spaced out over time.

  • A preventive approach is beneficial for maintaining the musculoskeletal health and overall well-being of your pet. Regular check-ups allows us to monitor your pet's condition and detect any early signs of musculoskeletal issues before they escalate into more significant problems or injuries. 


  • The severity and nature of the condition your pet is experiencing will play a significant role in determining the number of sessions needed. Some conditions may require more sessions for effective treatment.


  • Past injuries or medical history can also impact the number of sessions needed. Chronic issues may require more ongoing treatment compared to acute injuries.


  • Older pets may require more frequent sessions to manage age-related issues such as arthritis or stiffness.


We are happy to discuss the best management for your pet during the consultation. Your input and involvement are essential parts of the process, and we're here to support you every step of the way.

​What to except and how to care after the treatment?

Treatments start a healing response that triggers changes to occur within the animals body. Any onset of symptoms or an increase in pain is referred to as the “rebound effect” or “healing crisis”. This can often be quite a tiring experience and some animals can feel soreness for a day or so after an osteopathic treatment; it is often an indication of increased circulation and removal of toxins.


For this reason it is recommended that the cat should be rested after the treatment for 24-48 hours followed by a gradual return to normal activity. The results of a treatment are seen after a few days or weeks depending the body’s ability to adapt these changes. 

We are here to support you every step of the way on your pet's healing journey. In addition to providing treatment, we will offer advice on various lifestyle factors that can contribute to your animal's overall well-being. 

Book an appointment

Contact us, we will be happy to answer your questions and discuss the best care for your animal.

+61 (0)423 719 018

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