What is Animal Osteopathy?

Sore JointsAnimals and humans have very similar body structures. They have the same skeleton bones and muscles, though there are certain differences such as the arrangement of the hands and feet.

Like people, animals can sustain injuries from the activities in which they participate. They are susceptible to many of the same physical problems as humans, including back and neck pain, disc bulges, soft tissue (muscle, tendon and ligament) injuries, joint problems, accidents, falls and arthritis, all of which result in pain and restricted movement.

However, like a child, your pet may be unable to tell you that they are in pain. It is your familiarity with your pet’s behaviour and movement patterns which will alert you to a problem. You may see limping, changes in movement, difficulty getting up or down, avoidance of physical contact and many other behavioural changes.

By law an Osteopath has to have permission from a vet to treat an animal.

You can refer your pet to an osteopath yourself, provided you have permission from your vet to do so. Osteopaths may work together with the animal’s veterinary surgeon, as the vet can supply a relevant clinical history and will often already have carried out investigations on the animal.

Osteopathy for animals involves the same techniques as for humans. Animals generally enjoy osteopathic treatment and are relaxed during the examination and treatment. The osteopath will usually send a report back to the veterinary surgeon detailing their findings and any treatment carried out.

I work as an Animal Osteopath in Glasgow's Pet Therapy Clinic. You can contact the clinic directly to book an appointment with me.

Where I Work With Animals

Pet Therapy LogoPet Therapy
46 Houston St,
G5 8RS
t: 0141 429 0019