Continuing from the previous two book reviews, (click here if you have missed part 1 and part 2) we turn our attention to livestock and reptiles. Again, the insights into the treatment of both of these diverse groups is incredible. I had never considered the treatment of cattle or sheep, nor indeed the treatment of snakes. But one of the most striking things that I have learnt from this book, is how by understanding the structure of a species you can apply osteopathy to any animal.
Generally it is not considered financially viable to treat livestock using osteopathy, but there are rare breed farmers who need to ensure the maximum health of their breeding stock, as well as those animals kept as pets, from llamas to pigs. All these animals are capable of injuring themselves running round in their fields, and can all benefit from being treated, if you can manage to get near them! Treating livestock rather than pets brings up a whole host of issue, as they are not “tame” and are not used to be handled in the same way that a dog or horse is. However just like their domestic counterparts they too can benefit hugely from treatment.
Reptiles are a whole other ballgame, and indeed there is no other known literature on the osteopathic treatment of reptiles, so if you are reptile fan, then this will be of special interest to you. There are excellent descriptions of how to approach different types of reptiles, such as stroking tortoises under the chin to encourage them to stretch their necks out, as well as how to correctly hold snakes.
The descriptions of how to treat the different reptiles along with amazing photos are eye-opening. I particularly liked the pictures of a tortoise receiving treatment, it looked very happy! I had a far greater understanding of the differences in body structure and functions after reading this, and despite not having a specific interest in reptiles, nonetheless, I found this chapter absolutely fascinating!