Not surprisingly, similar stresses and strains can occur to the bodies of the mothers and babies of our pets, farm and companion animals, as they do to human women and children during the birth process. 
On the whole, the shape and dimensions of the infant skulls of kittens, puppies and foals, in relation to the size of the respective maternal pelvis, is more appropriate. 

Usually this helps to make the birth process easier, but problems do occur. When these are major, naturally veterinary assistance will be called for at the time. There are however, a number of more minor things that can happen where owners have told us that Cranial Osteopathy has been a valuable adjunct to normal veterinary care, and a few examples are indicated below.


For the dam, pregnancy and delivery causing strains to the diaphragm, low back and pelvis can cause problems, which unresolved may cause ongoing pain and asymmetry. This can lead to nerve irritation and damage, difficulty and discomfort in spine, sore spots, hind end weakness, early degenerative changes in hips pelvis and spine, bladder or bowel problems, and subsequent difficulties with conception and parturition.

Often these types of problems are noticed most quickly in their early stages in working or competition animals, often presenting as sourness, and an initial loss of performance and competitive edge. In other cases it may take a while before any problems become apparent, and may manifest as more generalised physical problems or behavioural difficulties.

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Problems may also occur for stud males in relation to their ability to sucessfully serve the female, and to continue showing ongoing enthusiasm and verility for this line of work. Pain or stiffness in the spine pelvis or limb joints will make the physical effort of mounting [and dismounting] the female a problem, and the resultant discomfort may overtime become a discouragement. Poor hormonal and pelvic organ function in general terms may have a negative effect on sperm quantity and quality, thereby reducing overall fertility. 


For the infants, compressions and strains can occur in a similar way as they do for human babies. In bad cases this may contribute to ‘neonatal maladjustment’ syndrome. Others may show slow development, feeding difficulties due to cervical or cranial base soreness or dysfunction, asymmetries, uneven growth, and excessive nervousness. As the youngster grows, other problems with weaning, growth, development and socialisation may arise. Once again youngsters of all species are liable to knocks and bumps in play and exploration. Owners have said that they have found Cranial Osteopathy to be helpful in gently resolving physical stresses, strains and compressions due to trauma, and enabling normal unhindered growth and development to take place.

In our experience, we believe that this reduces the incidence of functional problems later on and enables the individual’s structure to grow to its best potential.

From our work since 1976 with human mothers, fathers and infants, and our work to date with the dams and youngsters of our companion and farm animals, we believe that Cranial Osteopathy can be of great benefit in this area of care.