Abbie Smith
MSc (Hons) AM, MAA, BSc

Call / Text:
07749 963006


1 East View, Dacre Banks, Harrogate, HG3 4EQ

McTimoney for Dogs


Dogs are equally as likely to suffer from back problems. All our dogs can suffer from musculoskeletal dysfunction; however, this increases the more we ask of them, for example working and agility dogs. This dysfunction not only affects the animal’s quality of life but also limits its performance.


Dogs love to play and move at speed, jumping and turning quickly putting strain on their limbs and backs stretching their muscles and joints to their uppermost range of movement leading to joint dysfunction. It does not take a direct trauma or accident for musculoskeletal problems and pain to develop. The more common causes are due to small and repetitive traumas. Your dog will compensate for this but eventually if left will lead to pain and muscle spasm leading to a change in the way your dog moves resulting in small changes to its posture and appearance. The most common causes are:-

  • Pulling on a lead
  • Constant neck bend caused by heel work
  • Landing awkwardly from a jump
  • Repetitive movements such as ball chasing/retrieving 
  • Falls/collisions
  • Poor conformation 
  • Post injury/surgery
  • Poorly fitting collars/ incorrect use of choke chains
  • Playing "tug" with toys/ sticks
  • Falling off seats in cars when travelling



  • Difficulty jumping in/out of the car
  • Difficulty attempting stairs
  • Behavioural changes/signs of aggression
  • General lack of enthusiasm
  • Stiffness in the morning or following periods of rest
  • Carrying tail to one side
  • Reduction in performance
  • Uneven claw wear
  • Toe dragging/ scuffing


Following gait analysis and palpation I will carry out the necessary adjustments on the vertebrae and pelvis. This will realign and restore joints to their normal range of motion, allowing normal nerve function.  Sports massage is then carried out and a full aftercare programme is given.


Prevention is better than cure so change those small things in your dog’s life which may be contributing to minor problems which over time can lead to bigger issues.

  • Stop your dog jumping on and off furniture.
  • Always warm up and cool down your dog to prevent muscle injuries and strains.
  • Always dry off your dog on returning from exercise as this prevents arthritis later in life.
  • Always build up work slowly and use a variety of exercises to improve fitness in the whole body.
  • Provide a bed or cage of suitable size for each dog.
  • Always ensure dogs are secure whilst travelling.
  • Provide sufficient exercise and mental stimulation.


It is generally advised that your animal has at least one to two days quiet which involves no playing with other dogs, ‘tug’ games or jumping from cars or furniture. It is important to remember that your dog may appear stiff or sore as it is readjusting, especially on first treatments. You may also notice an increase in thirst which is a normal reaction as the body will need to rid itself of /expel toxins.

Aftercare tailored to the specific animal will always be given at the end of every session.


An initial consultation is £35 with all subsequent appointments being £30. This includes the McTimoney treatment and Sports massage. 

If the treatment is rehabilitative following an accident or surgery most reputable insurers will cover the cost of treatment.


I regularly treat from two clinics offering fantastic facilities for treatment and also hydrotherapy facilities. Hydrotherapy is a fantastic aid for speedy recovery of your dog and to encouragmuscularar development without weight bearing on the joints.

HARROGATE- Black Dog Hydrotherapy, Touch Canine Care Centre, Spring House Farm, Skipton Road,  Harrogate, HG3 2LT
01423 772944

YORK- Snowlandia Boarding Kennels, Naburn, York, YO19 6HN
01904 728235