Animals of all types benefit from osteopathic treatment, including sheep dogs, racing greyhounds, gun-dogs, agility dogs, horses, wildlife and zoo animals.
The work required by each animal places particular stresses on the animal’s structure. Greyhounds always race in the same anti-clockwise direction, which places a great deal of pressure on the left-side of the body due to “race leaning”. Agility dogs race against the clock turning and twisting at high speeds, over, under and around obstacles. This demands a well-balanced and supple musculo-skeletal system.
Not only do the strains placed on an animal manifest as a mechanical problem, the pain can often be mistaken for behavioural problems.
Typical signs of pain in a horse are head shaking, bucking, and shyness. Dogs display signs of collar pulling, subdued behaviour, anxiety, and aggression.
Osteopaths have the skills to enhance a speedier and full recovery from injury. Osteopaths can identify and treat body tissues that are under strain before injury occurs. This is very important in maintaining the health and performance of any animal.
What can be treated?
- Helping the mother to recover after birth
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Lumbo-sacral Disease
- Inter-vertebral Disc Disease
- Hip Dysplasia
- Ligament Rupture & Strains
- Muscle/tendon Strains
- Developmental Growth Problems
- Loss of Condition
- After Foaling
- Uneven Muscle Development
- Changes in behaviour
- Orthopaedic Post-Operative work
Sarah has always had a particular interest in treating animals, attributed to her family farm up bringing, interacting with horses and dogs through training and riding. Sarah’s background with animals has enabled a high level of empathy and appreciation for the demands placed on animals, such as the demands riders place on their horses to perform.