Canine Initial Consultation

What to Expect From Your First Visit

Prior to visiting you and your dog, we will ask you to complete and return a case history form. This means that Eleanor can evaluate your animal’s current state of health and reason for treatment in advance of the appointment; ensuring suitability. It also gives us the information we need to contact your vet to request consent to visit your dog. This is a legal requirement in the UK (Veterinary Surgeon’s Act 1966 – Exemptions Order 2015)

Initial consultations usually take 60-75 minutes.

During an initial visit to assess and treat your dog. Eleanor will review your case history document with you, asking any additional questions required. The information gathered will enable Eleanor to better understand your dog’s situation and potential aetiology for their current symptom presentation and to understand your goals, targets and realistic time your can put into your dog’s management plan.

Your dog will undergo observation, gait assessment. This may include specific activities or movements your regularly undertake or that are relevant (as appropriate for the individual case). After which active testing and a full passive assessment will be undertaken. Further testing to help rule out systemic or neurological components may also be carried out if pertinent.

Eleanor will then discuss her findings with you and explain how these factors are likely to link as they manifest in your dog, leading to the current symptomology.

If appropriate, Eleanor will then undertake a bespoke treatment of your dog using a variety of appropriate osteopathic techniques adapted to the individual.

Homecare exercises/management advice may be offered at initial consultation as appropriate to each individual.

If treatment is contraindicated, and veterinary referral required, Eleanor will converse with your Vet to ensure appropriate care for your dog is achieved.

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