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.
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
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
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:
Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
Soft tissue injuries
Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
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.