Benefits for Dogs

Here are some of the reasons why your dog should see an osteopath:

– To reduce pain

– Improve mobility

– Improve function to do daily tasks (e.g. going for a walk)

– Optimise performance in canine sports/activities and in obedience

– Speed up recovery from injury, accident or


– Improve behavioural changes caused by pain

– Help prevent re-injury

Signs that your dog may need to see the osteopath:

– Lameness or limping

– Stiffness or decreased mobility

– Rigid posture

– Increased difficulty with daily tasks (e.g. jumping,

   walking up stairs)

– Repetitive strain injuries (e.g. jumping on and off sofa)

– Post- trauma (e.g. car accident, fights)

– Post-competition injury (e.g. agility, fly ball)

– Breed specific conditions (e.g. hip dysplasia in

   German Shepherds, elbow dysplasia in Labradors)

– Age-related changes

– Post-operative rehabilitation

Subtle signs that your dog might be in discomfort or pain:

– Social changes (they may not want to greet you)

– Increased sleep or lethargy

– Decreased Appetite

– Either more vocal, or are much quieter than usual 

– Increased licking of an area (can indicate referral pain)

– Shaking

– Sensitive to touch/grooming

– Decreased performance (e.g. slower at walking)

– Obedience issues – it may be painful for them to go into

   sit or down position

– Post-operative issues

– Chronic conditions – improving quality of life