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Treatment for animals

On arrival at your yard I will monitor all that the animal does. In order to make a diagnosis I with have an in depths discussion with the owners to understand what is affecting the animal (the more detail you can give me, the better). Information relevant to your horse's condition may be visible when led up at walk and trot and turned on a circle, the way it stands or move around us.

After observation I may need to test various or all joints in passive motion, palpate soft tissue and test reflexes around the body. In sensitive area the animal may react sharply. Once I have gathered sufficient information, I will form an osteopathic evaluation which I will discuss with you, and commence treatment if appropriate to do so. 

Osteopaths are in a unique position for the assessment and treatment of animals. Our knowledge of anatomy and bio-mechanics allow a high level of accuracy when diagnosing problems. Our experience and level of palpatory touch skills mean that we can confirm diagnosis by assessing quality of tissue and movement of muscles and joints and the reason for dysfunction. Equine Osteopaths are trained to recognize and treat many causes of pain. We work with our hands using a wide variety of treatment techniques.

After the treatment, I may give advice on exercise rest and how to get the best out of the animal recovery.  I may recommend follow up treatment depending on needs and then offer treatment on a maintenance basis as required.

During my visit I like the horse owner to observe the process and help them to understand their horses mechanics and weaknesses so as to allow them to correctly understand their horses and the possible problem they may encounter. I may also demonstrate some techniques to stretch appropriately or encourage healing.

How will my animal feel after treatment?
The treatment will initiate a healing response in your animal which can be tiring, and for this reason I recommend that it be rested after the treatment for a few days, being turned out or grazed in hand with fresh water available at all times in the case of a horse and led calmly in the case of a dog.


 

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