The Balanced Dog provides two principal services for the physical care and conditioning of dogs:
- Osteopathic assessment, treatment & relief of existing pain, stiffness, and injuries.
- Programs for injury rehabilitation, and to maintain mobility and protect against muscle, joint and tendon injury.
Dogs can get tight muscles and stiffness just like humans, which can cause pain, injury and reduced performance. Even more so if we ask them to regularly train and compete in Agility, Obedience or other physically demanding activities. It’s not only sporting dogs that can be affected but any dog that does rigorous exercise, or is affected by arthritis or advancing age. Treatment is aimed at addressing the tight muscles and imbalances that exist, ensuring optimal movement and reduced strain through the dogs musculoskeletal system.
Preventative care and maintenance is one of the best health investments you can provide for your dog. Regular care of muscles, joints and tendons maintains flexibility and mobility which is the key to avoiding injury, speeding recovery and improving performance.
What to expect:
Treatments occur at your home or a pre-determined location (e.g. dog club, park).
We will take a case history, with details of the injury or change in behaviour and an impression of your dogs exercise pattern and general lifestyle.
The physical examination involves manually articulating the joints of the body to determine areas of reduced movement in the limbs or spine. Palpation of the dogs tissues may reveal areas of muscle spasm or high tone, swelling, increased or decreased heat that are not normal.
Having assessed your dog a diagnosis and treatment plan will be formulated and discussed with you. If further tests or scans are required to confirm the diagnosis this will be discussed and you will be referred back to your Vet.
There are many different osteopathic techniques available ranging from soft tissue massage, gently articulation of limbs and joints, traction, and joint mobilisation. The treatment will not hurt the dog, in fact most dogs thoroughly enjoy it and become increasingly relaxed as the treatment progresses. Similar to humans however, some dogs may exhibit increased tiredness / soreness the day of treatment, especially after the first treatment.
How long is each treatment?
The initial visit normally involves a 30 minute consultation including treatment time. Subsequent visits last approximately 20 minutes.
How many treatments will it take?
Most conditions respond within three visits. Often cases require more than three visits and times between visits will vary depending on the dog and condition in question.
How much does a treatment cost?
- Initial Treatment $85
- Follow Up Treatment $80
For a group booking / multiple dogs (e.g. agility club) please contact Rachel directly.
Do you need a Veterinary referral?
A veterinary referral is not required, however communication with your dog’s Vet is certainly preferred. If your dog has a new injury is important to make sure your dog has an accurate diagnosis and that any medical or surgical treatment that is required is administered by your Vet. Where necessary, we will liaise with your dog’s Vet to ensure complete, professional care is always achieved.