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Osteopathy for dogs

Is your dog recovering from an injury? Have you notice any sign of pain or a change in their behaviour (whimpering, growling, or aggression when touched or moved)? Has your dog difficulty getting up, jumping, or climbing stairs? Has your pet a decline in performance or reluctance to participate in activities they once enjoyed? Dogs can exhibit various signs and symptoms that may indicate underlying musculoskeletal issues necessitating osteopathic consultation. Ensuring that your dog is in the best possible condition contributes significantly to their health, comfort, and overall quality of life.

How can osteopathy help your dog ?

Osteopathy can be highly beneficial for dogs in various ways, addressing both preventive care and specific health concerns. Here's how osteopathy can help your dog:

  • Preventative Care and Overall Well-being: Osteopathy focuses on optimising the body's natural ability to heal and maintain balance. Regular osteopathic treatments can help prevent musculoskeletal imbalances, promote overall health, and support the dog's well-being.


  • Relieving Musculoskeletal Discomfort and Pain: Osteopathy can effectively relieve musculoskeletal discomfort and pain in dogs, addressing issues such as stiffness, tension, and soreness, thus improving their comfort and quality of life.


  • Enhancing Performance for Athletic Dogs: By maintaining optimal musculoskeletal health and function, osteopathy plays a crucial role in preventing injuries and ensuring that your horse can continue to perform at its peak. This can lead to better agility, flexibility, and overall performance in various activities.

  • Injury Management and Post-operative Rehabilitation: Osteopathy plays a crucial role in managing injuries and supporting post-operative rehabilitation in dogs. It can help facilitate the healing process, reduce inflammation, and restore normal function after injuries or surgical procedures.


  • Correcting Postural Imbalances and Gait Problems: Osteopathic techniques can address postural imbalances and gait abnormalities in dogs, improving their movement efficiency, coordination, and balance.


  • Assisting Dogs with Orthopedic Problems: Osteopathy can provide valuable support for dogs with orthopedic problems (such as hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, tendonitis, arthritis) helping to manage pain, improve mobility, and slow down the progression of degenerative conditions.


  • Breeding and Postpartum Care: Osteopathic treatments can benefit breeding dogs during pregnancy and postpartum, helping to maintain their musculoskeletal health, alleviate discomfort, and support recovery after whelping.


  • Managing Age-related Conditions: Osteopathy can be particularly beneficial for older dogs, helping to manage age-related conditions such as arthritis, stiffness, and reduced mobility, thus improving their comfort and quality of life in their senior years.


How many sessions will my dog need?


The number of osteopathic sessions your dog will need depends on various factors, including its specific condition, response to treatment, and overall health. A treatment plan will be tailored to your dog'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 dog. Regular check-ups (at least 3 to 4 times a year) allows us to monitor your dog'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 dog 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.


  • The level of activity your dog engages in can affect its musculoskeletal health. Osteopathy in pre-competition period and post-competition recovery helps your animal to optimise their performance, achieve better results, and to prevent injuries from occurring. 


  • Older dogs 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 dog 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 dogs 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 dogs 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 dog 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 companion's healing journey. In addition to providing treatment, we will offer advice on various lifestyle factors that can contribute to your pet's overall well-being. This includes guidance on nutrition, stress management, and exercise routines tailored to meet the specific needs of your dog.

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+61 (0)423 719 018

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