Animal Osteopathy

Animal Osteopathy

Our Principal Osteopath, Janet Marie is a fully qualified Animal Osteopath (Post Graduate Diploma) trained by acknowledged world authority on animal mobility, Stuart McGregor at the Osteopathic Centre for Animals.

Animals can experience aches and pains just like we do, whether your four legged companion is at leisure, working or competing. Regular physical maintenance of your animal’s joints and muscles is one of the best preventative health investments you can provide for them. Osteopathy has benefits for all animals from healthy family pets or aspiring athletes to those that are elderly or injured.  We work with mainly canines and cats but also treat other small animals. All animals are individuals and we work with you, the owner, to promote optimal health for your animal and to help them to feel as good as they can. 

What does an Osteopathic treatment involve?

Treatment aims to promote your animal’s own healing response, improve function and restore health.
It should help your animal to MOVE and FEEL BETTER.

Once we have assessed your animal and identified any problem areas, the kind and frequency of treatment recommended will be individually tailored to meet their needs.

A variety of manual therapy techniques may be used including:

Articulation of joints
Joint mobilisations
Soft tissue massage
Muscle stretching
Myofascial release techniques
Cranial release techniques

Light or laser therapy may be offered to aid healing.

Osteopathic treatment can be beneficial in a number of ways:

  • Assessing, treating and relieving existing pain and stiffness (from arthritis, accidents or injuries)
  • Maintaining ongoing flexibility and mobility to enhance physical conditioning and performance
  • Optimising muscle, tendon and joint function to help prevent future musculoskeletal injury
  • Relieving arthritis pain and improving mobility in older animals to aid their comfort
  • Restoring normal function to speed recovery and maximise well being

These techniques encourage positive changes to occur within your animal’s musculoskeletal system by promoting their circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. They aim to:

Ease stiffness in joints
Help reduce pain
Promote healing
Minimise restrictions in spinal movement
Improve muscle efficiency
Increase flexibility
Increase symmetry
Reduce the chance of injury
Relieve arthritis pain and improve mobility in older animals

Your Vets involvement

Prior to treating your companion, your vet must be contacted. This is routine, as by law, the treatment of animals must be controlled by a qualified vet and no therapist should treat your animal without your vet’s consent. 

Our consultation and treatment does in no way replace examination and treatment by the animal’s qualified veterinary surgeon. 

We aim to work closely alongside vets and also other professional specialists, such as Hydro- therapists, to help ensure the best all round management of your animal.

Please download referral form which can be passed onto your vet to request permission to treat.  (We would be happy to speak to your animal’s vet should they need any further information).

 When should you seek treatment?

Anytime for preventative care to keep your animal moving well. In addition look out for the following signs:

Lameness or uneven weight distribution
Difficulty getting up or using stairs
Reluctance to play or exercise
Shortened stride or gait change
Sensitivity to being touched along the back
Change or deterioration in behaviour performance or temperament

(Applies mainly to dogs and cats)

Cost of consultation and treatment

£45 (Sessions will last between 30 – 45 minutes per animal)

Case history
Hands on evaluation and bio mechanical assessment
Aftercare and exercise advice

Animal consultations will take place at our Wem clinic. In the event of an agreed home visit, please note travel costs may apply. Free travel within a 15 mile radius of the clinic. (50p per mile thereafter)  

Discount of £5 per animal for 2 or more animals of the same household treated consecutively.

Please note, some insurers will cover Osteopathic Treatment of Animals. Check with your insurer directly to see if your animal is covered.

If you wish to book an appointment for your animal, please click on the button below. Please note the on-line booking system is for human patients only.