Osteopathy can either be used to assess the condition of your animal and treat preventatively to aid performance, or it can be used for treat specific conditions, such as inflamed joints, age related muscular tension/soreness, post-operative rehab or after a direct injury and periods of forced rest. Some techniques (e.g. cranial osteopathy, balanced tissue tension and soft tissue massage) are particularly helpful for animals with nervous dispositions, who require a gentler form of treatment.

Location and Frequency

Preventative care is usually prescribed 1-6 times a year, depending on the individual and the activities they undertake, whereas treatment for a condition requires a more regular approach. As a result, we are happy to treat groups of animals outside our key areas on a preventive basis, but those requiring more frequent treatment should ideally be within our catchment area in South Hampshire and East Dorset. This keeps the cost down for the client, as long distances are charged at 55p per mile on the round trip and may also initiate a surcharge for travel time spent, if the journey takes the osteopath out of action for several hours.

If you would like Eleanor to treat an animal of yours, please contact her via email at

In your email please include the following information: 

  • Your full name and contact details (inc. address, email and mobile number);
  • Your animal’s name, age and breed (and in the case of horses, discipline e.g. dressage, western reining, cross country etc.);
  • A brief overview of the problem or reason for wanting osteopathic treatment;
  • Your animal’s medical history (if known);
  • Your vet details – name of vet (if applicable), name of surgery and contact email and phone number.

Please note, in the UK, all practitioners must ask for veterinary consent before assessing or treating an animal (See quote below). It is rarely, if ever, an issue and we have never been declined consent to treat without very good reason, so please do not see this as a barrier to osteopathic care. The law is simply in place for the greater good of the animal, as they cannot communicate pain in the same way that we do, and sadly, some owners try to cut corners to the detriment of the animal. Usually, attaining consent, consists of a simple email or phone call to the vet, when we will ask the vet for any background  information that may be of help to the patient.

Please see the “Prices” page for more information about what to expect from our sessions.

The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1966

“The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1966 allows for the treatment of animals by physiotherapy, provided that the animal has first been seen by a veterinary surgeon who has diagnosed the condition and decided that it should be treated by physiotherapy under his/her direction. ‘Physiotherapy’ is interpreted as including all kinds of manipulative therapy. It therefore includes osteopathy and chiropractic but would not, for example, include acupuncture or aromatherapy. From the RCVS website:”
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