Isobel Somerfield

D.C., M.Chiro., M.M.C.A., General Chiropractic Council Reg. 03611


Small Animals

For over 30 years I have relied upon the skill of McTimoney Chiropractors who have treated my animals of all sorts, ages and conditions with remarkable effect. Have a look at this informative video to see how it could benefit your pet.

What is McTimoney Chiropractic for animals?

John McTimoney developed his gentle method of Chiropractic for humans from the early 1950’s and in 1954 commenced treating animals, mainly horses and some dogs. For both human and animal treatment he used the same gentle method of checking and treating the whole body – not just the problem area.

How do I know my animal needs Chiropractic?

Just like us, animals can suffer from misaligned joints, especially pelvic and spinal misalignments. This can be caused by accident or under the broad heading of “wear and tear”. Pain is not always the first indicator that Chiropractic help may be helpful. The following may be helpful indicators that Chiropractic may help:-
Leaping cat

  • Lameness after fall or accident
  • Changes in behaviour, performance or temperament
  • Limb dragging or odd, irregular action
  • Crying out or reluctance to get up
  • Difficulty with stairs or getting into cars
  • Signs of discomfort when stroked along back
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Stiffness or pain after exercise
  • Absence of relief of problem using conventional methods of help

What do I do?

In Law you must obtain your Vet’s consent. Many Veterinary Surgeons are aware of the benefits of Chiropractic and will usually agree.

Will it hurt?

No! As far as we can tell animals, like humans, rarely find McTimoney Chiropractic adjustments uncomfortable; as with humans, many animals appear to enjoy their treatment.

What will I have to do while my animal is being treated?

You will be asked to stand your animal and hold it steady with head, neck and spine, aligned. If your dog is medium to large you will probably sit with the dog facing you and hold both sides of his collar, for “table dogs” you will need to stand at the table and hold your animal. Your animal will always be able to see and feel your touch whilst he is being treated.

What will happen afterwards?

You will be given individually tailored advice for your animal for at least the next 48 hours and in what stages to resume “normal” activities. You will also be advised when he should receive his next treatment.

My dog is working/competing regularly?

Where it will not be against the dog’s best interests we will always be willing to fit in with work/competition schedules.

How often will my animal need treatment?

Running labradorThis varies with the reasons for treatment and how the animal responds. Initially you can expect a minimum of 2-3 treatments over a three week period. Further appointments will depend upon several factors, including:

  • Age
  • Extent of problem and general level of fitness
  • Duration of problem
  • Lifestyle and general activities
  • Post treatment follow up care

What happens if my animal does not appear to respond?

If your animal does not appear to benefit from treatment you will be advised to return to your Vet. for further advice.

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