FAQs

When should I contact an Animal Osteopath?

Osteopaths treat people in all stages of life: from newborns to the elderly, from manual workers to elite athletes, from office-based professionals to pregnant women. Animal osteopaths mostly treat dogs and horses. 

How many treatments will my animal need?

This depends on what is being treated and the history of your animal. However, more details about this after the initial consultation and treatment will be provided. In general, most problems require 3 to 4 treatments. Yearly maintenance check-ups are advisable as a means of preventative care, to improve mobility and movement which will then minimise the re-occurrence of injury.
How long does the treatment take?

Treatments usually lasts approximately 30-40 minutes.
Should my animal be checked regularly?

Yes, ideally animals should be checked on a regular basis – at least 3 to 4 times a year. Osteopaths are trained to detect early changes in the musculo-skeletal system which could result in discomfort if treatment is delayed.
Should I consult my vet?

Yes. It is illegal for any treatment to be conducted by any other practitioner on an animal without the consent from your attending vet. 
Is my animal covered for osteopathic treatment on my animal insurance?

Yes, the majority of insurance companies are happy for an animal insured with them to receive osteopathic treatment from a registered osteopath holding valid insurance, provided that the treating vet recommends the treatment and refers the case. (Do check with your insurer prior to treatment if you wish to make a claim).
Why are some vet’s against getting my horse’s back treated?

Some Veterinary surgeons are sceptical about back treatments for animals because there are so many so-called “back persons” treating horses who have no formal qualifications. These people can actually be a danger to their patients, which is why it is essential you check the therapist treating your horse is fully qualified and insured.
How do I know if a therapist is qualified or insured?

Please ask! A legitimate and qualified osteopath will be happy to provide all the details.