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Canine Veterinary Physiotherapy

Canine physiotherapy is widely acknowledged to be an effective tool for post-operative and injury rehabilitation, to improve performance in working/competition dogs and to aid the day to day comfort and mobility of our elderly companions.

 
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Behaviour

Changes in behaviour, whether that be in the home, on walks or when interacting with people or other dogs, are often indicators that your dog could benefit from physiotherapy.


These can range hugely between individuals and whilst this list is not exhaustive, may include:

  • Unwillingness to walk

  • Sensitivity to collar, harness or whilst grooming

  • Pacing or avoidance of certain gaits

  • Regularly holding tail to one side

  • Head tilting

  • More cautious to jump/tackle stairs

  • Avoidance or aggression towards other dogs

  • Opting to lie down more often than stand

  • Any new behaviours or changes in behaviour

  • If a working or competition dog:

    • Difficulty with certain exercises

    • Loss of performance

 

Conditions

I work as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside your vet and often hydrotherapist, to aid in the management of existing conditions or recovery from injuries and surgeries. These can include:

  • Arthritis

  • Luxating Patellla

  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Cruciate surgery

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Amongst others

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Maintenance

Physiotherapy is also used regularly to maintain overall wellbeing and to prevent injury; regular maintenance sessions will allow me to identify any small changes before they have a wider impact, potentially causing discomfort or injury.


Each treatment is tailored to the requirements and capabilities of each individual dog and owner.