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  About Canine Physiotherapy  

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Bespoke Treatments

Every dog will receive bespoke, tailored treatments to suit them and their own needs and requirements

Manual Therapies

Including massage, myofascial release and dynamic mobilisations.

Techniques chosen to best suit your dog’ needs

Electrotherapies

Laser therapy and PEMF therapy utilised where necessary to aid manual therapies and aid with joint pain and injuries

Kinesiology Taping

Kinesio taping can assist with recovery and muscular function, increase joint ROM and aid management of swelling/oedema

(Extra charges apply)

Basic Exercise Perscription

Tailored exercises will be provided after physiotherapy sessions, enabling us to maintain and achieve the best results

What Conditions/Signs Indicate my Dog Could Benefit from Physiotherapy?

There are many signs that could indicate your dog could benefit from physiotherapy, including (but not limited to):
  • Behaviour changes - reluctance to walk up and down stairs, jumping into and out of the car, general slowness 
  • Lameness, altered gait or stiffness (particularly after exercise)
  • Swelling, heat or inflammation surrounding joints
  • Suddenly unwilling to be touched or groomed generally or in certain areas
  • Reluctance to exercise or go on walks 
  • Weight shifting, tripping or toe scuffing 
  • Difficulty getting up from laying or sitting down
Various conditions that your dog could experience can also benefit from physiotherapy, including (but not limited to):
  • Soft tissue injuries - muscles, tendons or ligaments (e.g. cranial cruciate ligament)
  • Joint and age related conditions - e.g.  hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, etc
  • Back soreness - muscular or skeletal
  • Wounds (acute or chronic)
  • Nerve injuries/neurological issues
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation - e.g. after TPLO surgery, hip/elbow replacements, spinal surgery, etc
  • Muscle or soft tissue imbalances - e.g. patellar luxations, etc
The aim of physiotherapy is not only to improve performance and return dogs to their optimum function, but also to reduce pain, re-educate gait, accelerate healing, restore mobility and aid in the prevention of injury.
From your family pet to a racing Greyhound or an agility athlete, all dogs can suffer from a wide variety of condition depending on their stage of life. Hence, each dog is an individual, meaning your dog receives a bespoke treatment programme to manage their condition, alongside personalised exercise prescriptions.
 
 

What Happens During a Veterinary Physiotherapy Session?

During physiotherapy sessions, you can expect the following:

  • Discussion - A quick discussion regarding your dogs’ history and any current and previous injuries/conditions or issues along with any short or long term goals that you would like to achieve
  • Static Assessment - The observation of your dogs’ conformation and posture
  • Dynamic Assessment - The observation of your dog moving in a straight line, turning tightly and reining back and if necessary off the lead or on lead
  • Palpation Assessment - A comprehensive assessment of your dogs’ muscles, soft tissues and joint range of motion
  • Treatment - Tailored, bespoke physiotherapy treatments to include manual therapies, Laser therapy and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy as appropriate (on young dogs, electrotherapies are avoided where possible due to the possible side effects in the growing dogs)
  • Plan and Final Discussion - Discussing and going through any questions you may have regarding your dogs’ treatment, home exercises if appropriate and follow-up treatment if appropriate to achieve optimum results
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