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Specialist care for your dogs...

Emma Boyd's grandfather (former UK sheepdog trials champion) and her father first developed Emma’s knowledge and love of dogs as a young child when she observed them breeding and training working sheepdogs and working gun dogs. She has gone onto use this knowledge to not only breed and train her own dogs, but to aid in her osteopathic treatments of dogs from a wide variety of different breeds and canine disciplines.


Emma completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Animal Osteopathy at the end of 2003 from the world renowned Osteopathic Centre for Animals, training with one of the world’s leading equine and canine osteopaths Stuart McGregor. She has gone on to use her own canine knowledge and experience, as well as knowledge gained from working with vets and watching trainers from various canine disciplines, combined with osteopathic training to help dogs and their owners from family pets through to national champions.


aOsteopathy for your dog


Osteopathy is a system of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Canine specialist osteopaths are commonly known for helping to treat neck pain, back pain, general aches and pains, postural and performance problems in dogs from a variety of ages and causes. For example: age associated stiffness, conformation related problems, canine sports performance issues and minor canine musculoskeletal sports injuries from agility/ working trials/ gun dog work etc.


As an osteopath I take the time to try to understand my canine patients, and their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of the pain or lack of function (rather than just addressing the site of the condition), and from that, to formulate a treatment plan that will aim to achieve the best outcome.


As a therapeutic discipline, osteopathy uses the application of joint articulation and gentle soft tissue techniques to your dog to release tight and irritated muscles, tendons and ligaments with the aim of relaxing them and reducing irritation in surrounding tissues. This treatment is intended to then result in a reduction of your dog’s pain symptoms and thereby increase their range of movement.


As a canine osteopath I frequently work alongside vets as well as alternative medical practitioners, such as canine hydrotherapists.

An owner must always consult their veterinary surgeon prior to seeking osteopathic treatment as it is illegal for anyone to treat an animal without a veterinary surgeon’s approval. Most vets are, however, aware of the benefits of complementary treatment for animals and will readily give their permission for the animal to be treated.













Disclaimer: These treatments are not as replacement for professional veterinary treatment and it is always recommended that you maintain a good relationship with your veterinary practitioner

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Treatment for your dog is available at your home throughout Kent and East Sussex, or at my practice near Smarden, Kent.

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Useful facts


Did you know?...


The function of a dogs spine is to provide support, flexibility in motion and to protect the spinal cord from injury. Activities occurring during a dogs daily living facilitate a spine to allow twisting and turning, and jumping while retaining stability.

Motions of the spine are never “relaxed” but are the result of highly sophisticated bone and soft tissue interactions in concert with active muscle contraction.



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