Osteopathy at Hawthorn Vets

We offer a veterinary osteopathy service from our practice in Partridge Green. Osetopathy is performed by Niki Matthews who graduated from the European school of Osteopathy in 2013, and since then has a enjoyed a successful and varied career treating humans, dogs and horses. Initially, Niki will be running her service from our practice in Partridge Green on TUESDAY and THURSDAY AFTERNOONS. If you would like to book an appointment, please contact us or book an appointment online. Osteopathy is a very useful adjunctive therapy for any patient with musculoskeletal problems and can typically help a variety of conditions:

• Muscular problems such as stiffness or spasms

• Gait problems such as short or uneven steps

• Aging problems such as arthritis

• Joint Pains, Lameness, Limping

• Spinal related pain, due to injury or congenital issues

• Hip Problems, Congenital Hip Dysplasia, Arthritis, Bursitis• Changes in behavioural patterns, Inability to Relax

• Poor or reduced performance levels

• Post-operative Issues


Frequently Asked Questions:

What does it cost?

An initial 45 minute assessment costs £55, with 30 minute follow up sessions charged at £50.

Is Osteopathy covered by Pet insurance?

This depends on the terms of the individual insurance policy, but most policies will provide an allowance for adjunctive treatments such as osetopathy or hydrotherapy. It is best to check your policy or contact your insurance provider to clarify this.

What is Osteopathy?

Canine Osteopathy works on the same principles and theories as human Osteopathy, using specific manipulative techniques tailored by the Osteopath, to suit the Canine anatomical structure. The first consultation and treatment involve a full case history taking into account the lifestyle of the Dog and the demands placed upon it. The dog will be observed moving so that the gait and posture can be assessed and the Osteopath will use their palpation skills to detect problem areas such as tight muscles, unusual heat patterns or lack of movement in any joints.

Why might my dog need treatment?

Problems can occur in dogs for many reasons including the following:

  • Traumas and Accidents.
  • Falls, slipping, fighting.
  • Repetitive Activities.
  • Jumping on and off the sofa, in and out of the car.
  • Competitions eg. Greyhound/Whippet racing, Agility dogs, show dogs.
  • Lameness, from arthritic pain, hip dysplasia can cause the dog to compensate his/her walking gait, which can develop into secondary back problems.
  • Breed Weaknesses
  • Dogs with long backs and relatively short legs are prone to disc problems e.g. Dachshunds.
  • Hip dysplasia e.g. German Shepherds, Retrievers.
  • Osteochondritis dissecans affecting the shoulders and elbows e.g. Labrador Retrievers.
  • Post surgery.
  • Compensations from a injury can affect other parts of the body

Signs of discomfort:

  • Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump or play.
  •  Limping/lameness.
  • Lagging behind on walks.
  • Pain or stiffness when getting up or down.
  • Yelping when touched.
  • A change in personality (aggression when normally good-natured)
  • Licking of the affected joints.

Misalignments can cause various symptoms and the animal will often subtly change its gait to compensate forthe problem. The joints involved can become stiff and lack their normal range of motion. Ligaments will be put under extra strain and the joints will be more prone to injury. In addition, nerves can become impinged causing muscle wasting and weakness.

How many sessions?

This depends on the case history of your dog and the diagnosis of their individual issues. For example the age and the demands placed upon him/her. Dogs with specific muscular skeletal injuries may well only need a few sessions to resume normal function. Agility and Racing dogs, much like human athletes, may benefit from their joints and muscles being cared for regularly. Elderly dogs may benefit from MOT's to ease arthritic joints to help improve their mobility and combat stiffness. Sometimes annual check-ups, maintenance treatments, pre-competition/event tune-ups and preventative treatments may be advised. However, this will be discussed with the owner after the first consultation and treatment.