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General Questions for animals

How will my horse, cat or dog react to Cranial Osteopathy?

Usually very well! Most animals, like their owners, become deeply relaxed during treatment, often yawning and stretching. Some may fidget if the area being treated is sore or they feel protective about it in some way.
Occasionally, as the deep connective tissue strain from a trauma is being released, we believe that there may be a memory of the feeling at the time the trauma occurred. Usually this is fleeting, and leads to a more relaxed state subsequently.
If however, the circumstances related to the injury were deeply traumatic mentally and physically, the individual may get very anxious as this area is treated, and one may need to find an alternative environment in which to treat him, or approach the problem more gradually
In the main, animals react to treatment very similarly to children. If they feel confident in their parent or handler, who is relaxed, quiet and happy with the process, all will usually go smoothly.

What facilities do I need to provide for a 'home' visit?

For horses we need a calm peaceful situation without distractions, and a safe level covered area for treatment and a level [if possible] area to watch the horse moving. A large clean stable for treatment [not deep littered if possible] and a suitable yard, track or drive to see the horse move would be ideal. In the winter you might like to provide a light fleece blanket if your horse is clipped to prevent chilling whilst treatment takes place, and in summer plenty of suitable fly spray to keep the insects at bay. To get the best out of the consultation it is very important to provide a focused, calm and competant handler; the better your horse behaves during the consultation, and the fewer distractions we receive whilst we examine and treat, the more we can do for your horse.

For small dogs, [we ask that you bring large dogs to the practice where we have an adjustable hydraulic table] we need a calm area free of distractions and noise and a suitable surface like a kitchen table, a non slip pad for the dog to sit or lie on and a calm competant handler.  

How will my animal respond to Cranial Osteopathy?

Generally, owners report to us that their animals respond very well to Cranial Osteopathy as a treatment. Usually if permitted, they will tend to rest and take things easy for a few days afterwards. You might notice that their symptoms seem a little worse for 2- 3 days, we believe that this is as their bodies adjust, and trapped metabolites get washed out of the tissues by improved circulation and tissue respiration.
If you have a working or riding animal, it is best to give it 3-5 days ‘off work’ in order to allow for these adjustments to take place. Occasionally, if there are inflammatory reactions within the tissues, you may be advised to implement an extended rest period, and make other helpful adjustments to lifestyle management. It is important to try to follow your vets and our advice as closely as possible, as this will help to speed up the process of recovery.

How long will treatment take?

This depends upon the nature of the problem, how long it has been there for, and any other contributory factors. The presence of inflammatory reactions, degenerative changes, or management problems, will increase the length of time for recovery to occur, and may affect the eventual outcome. Generally however, owners have observed that most animals will show signs of response in the first 2 to 4 sessions, and for some this may be all the treatment that they need. Others where there is more damage will take longer, as there are more changes in tissue function that need to occur before the problem goes.
Some may have too much damage to make a full recovery, particularly if ambitious disciplines are envisaged, but the majority will be able to enjoy some work again. For some animals top-up, and maintenance treatment will be helpful to keep them active and comfortable- just like their owners!

How do I arrange Osteopathic treatment for an animal?

Firstly, you must check with your vet. Veterinary permission is a legal requirement in the UK for anyone other than a vet to treat your animal. Your vet is responsible for the overall health of your animal and any health checks, and may wish to examine your pet first prior to allowing Osteopathic examination and treatment. Most vets are very happy for their patients to receive Osteopathic treatment as complementing their program of overall Veterinary care.
Many insurance companies provide cover for Osteopathic treatment also. You will need the OK from your vet for this also, as patients have to be referred to us by the vet as specialists for Osteopathic treatment.

Once all of this is in place, please contact us to book an appointment.

Small animals can be seen in our special ‘pet treatment’ room at Honiton Osteopathic Centre. For large animals we do a ‘yard ‘ visiting service. There is a call out fee for this, charges for call outs relate to distance travelled and travelling time. Ridden assessments and saddle fittings require a safe sand school environment, if you do not have access to this we can arrange for you to visit our Axminster yard for this purpose.

For costs of our services, or further details, please enquire at the time of booking.