Canine osteopathy: what are the benefits for my dog?


Osteopathy is one of the complementary medicine which can benefit dogs who present in particular musculoskeletal problems. Its benefits are indisputable and canine osteopaths greatly participate in the well-being of dogs throughout the sessions. Let’s take stock of canine osteopathy. Let’s see in which situations it is particularly necessary and if it is reimbursed by pet health insurance.

Canine osteopathy: alternative medicine

Osteopathic procedures are based on manipulations carried out gently by an osteopathic veterinarian who uses various techniques. They can only be donein the absence of structural alteration.

Through palpations and manipulations, the osteopath is also able to identify the origin of the disorder causing discomfort and / or pain in his small patient, and therefore to establish an osteopathic diagnosis. In this way, he can direct the dog to a veterinarian when this type of care must be a priority because osteopathy is not a substitute for allopathic treatment. It does not cure but is a good indication to restore the biomechanical balance.

It is necessary choose the professional. The ideal is to entrust your little companion to a veterinarian who has completed a full course in animal medicine as well as training in specialized osteopathy. He must be diploma after studying at a school approved by the Order of Veterinarians. It is very important to find out beforehand about the skills of the professional and make sure he is a veterinarian because not all canine osteopaths are necessarily.

In which cases should you take your dog to an osteopath?

This professional is very attentive and undertakes the animal only if the osteopathy is perfectly suited to his particular case.

Osteopathy is recommended for dogs which present, for example, a certain joint stiffness and / or have lost their mobility. It can be applied in addition of a re-education or even a allopathic treatment when this does not provide relief to the animal in the event of dysfunction, particularly at the musculoskeletal level, but not only. Sometimes, when the limits of classical veterinary medicine are reached, osteopathy can also be a solution.

As they age, dogs may start to be less alert due to joint problems. There are stiffness and sometimes even a lameness. But it’s not just older animals that can be relieved by osteopathy. This natural medicine is also suitable for young dogs who have a growth problem or even to working dogs for example suffering from muscle tension.

It is indicated in case of strain orsprain but absolutely prohibited if the dog suffers from a torn ligaments or a fracture. Finally, you can also entrust your stressed dog to an osteopath so that the tensions due to stress can disappear.

A few well-conducted osteopathy sessions give good results, both in terms of blockages and pain. The dog’s body and limbs regain a certain flexibility, the animal is freer in its movements. The positive effects on muscles, joints and skeleton are recognized, as they are also elsewhere in humans.

Some owners take their dog to an osteopath so that a digestive, dermatological or respiratory problem can be taken care of thanks to this alternative medicine. But the effectiveness of this therapeutic technique in these different fields has not yet been scientifically demonstrated.

Course of a canine osteopathy session

A hard session between 15 and 60 minutes as required. The osteopathic veterinarian as by installing the dog on a table in order to auscultate it. This physical examination is essential to check the functioning of the organism, analyze the respiratory movements, search for muscle contractures, painful points, blockages … A diagnosis complementary to that established by the attending veterinarian is then made.

During the second part of the session, the osteopath manipulates the dog, massages it, exerts light pressure on different areas of the body and / or limbs in order to restore the animal’s mobility. During the two days following this visit, it is highly recommended to put the dog to rest.

Effective, osteopathy is not for all that a miraculous medicine. A dog does not start running after a single session. This support may last several months since five or six sessions are necessary, spaced from each other by a longer or shorter period of time as the case may be.

As to rate, it is freely fixed, the range being between 60 and 100 € per session. Visits to an osteopath are reimbursed – in part or in full – by number of animal health mutuals, depending on the formula chosen by the master of the dog and provided that the osteopathy sessions are followed by an osteopathic veterinarian.