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Does my animal need Osteopathy ?

Tom Kilner - Animal Osteopath Wiltshire
Conditions that benefit from physical therapy include:


  • Muscle strains

  • Joint sprains

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Dysfunctional patterns (odd gait, limp with no obvious cause)

  • Spinal stiffness (loss of “bounce”)

  • Post-operatively to aid recovery and rehabilitation

  • Loss of mobility

  • Joint fusions (to decrease wear on compensating joints)

Does my animal need osteopathy?

Just like humans seeing an osteopath or physio when they’re feeling achey or do a lot of sport, dogs and horses also need some help occasionally. Particularly those who have had injuries, suffer from degenerative joints, do a lot of activity (cani-cross, agility, competitive obedience, working dogs, eventers, show jumpers or racehorses) or are just feeling their age. All of these situations may be helped by osteopathic treatment.

Whether you choose on osteopath, physiotherapist or chiropractor is really up to you. What it ultimately comes down to though is who is good.  Go by reputation and who is recommended, rather than what they call themselves.  A good practitioner will always refer you on if they are not the right person to be treating your animal.


I will frequently recommend hydrotherapy to go with the osteopathic treatment for your dog, it is an excellent adjunct therapy for joint mobility and strengthening. Two of the best local ones are:

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