Back pain, arthritis, muscle damage are all common problems in dogs and cats that can be treated with osteopathy.

Our vet Dr Murielle Patterson is a certified osteopath and can treat your pet for certain types of problems using osteopathy.

Dr Murielle Patterson

Veterinary and certified in osteopathy

I have been a licensed veterinarian since 1992 and have been practicing osteopathy since 2017.
I also completed additional physical therapy and pain management courses at Vetokinesis in 2021.

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How does osteopathy work with our four-legged friends?

Osteopathy is a manual medicine based on a thorough knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and interactions between each system of the body. The hands are the working instrument of the osteopath and are used to touch, test and evaluate the mobility of the patient in order to diagnose disorders and make the necessary adjustments. My role is to restore function and balance to the articular and tissue structures, thus allowing a good homeostasis of the body.

For who?

Dogs, cats and any other small pet

When can osteopathy be used?

  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strengthening
  • Dysplasia
  • Post-operation (orthopedics)
  • Cruciate ligament rupture
  • Herniated discs
  • Older dogs
  • Prevention
  • Digestive or urinary problems

What happens during a session?

During the first meeting, we will first discuss the reasons for the consultation with the pet owners. Then the animal is carefully examined to identify areas that might be blocked. Various manual techniques (facial, structural, visceral, etc.) are used to regain mobility.
A session lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour, slightly less for cats.


In osteopathy, we can only establish if the treatment is successful the by the results on the body. The body always needs a few days to adapt and show signs of improvement.
For a chronic problem, we advise a second session after one month and then perhaps a series of follow-up sessions according to the specific need of the animal (every 3 to 6 months for example).
A preventive control can be done once a year.


Dog 1 hour
– 1st session CHF 120
– follow up sessions CHF 110

Cat 45 mins
– 1st session CHF 110
– follow up sessions CHF 90


Dr Patterson is available every

  • Monday & Thursday afternoon