Small Animal Physiotherapy

Pain within the muscles and joints can be caused by even day to day activities.  Dogs can benefit from physiotherapy to rebuild their muscles and improve mobility in their joints - particuaraly following injury, surgery or illness where the muscles will reduce in size with inactivity and the joints become stiff.   Working and competition dogs may also benefit from regular physiotherapy to keep them performing at their best.  Dogs on a regular maintenance regime are more likely to have any minor problems detected before they manifest and affect performance. 

 

 The below signs are typical low level changes that suggest your dog may benefit from treatment:

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  • Lameness

  • Stiffness in the steps

  • Hopping or skipping steps when they move

  • Reluctance to exercise or play

  • Difficulty getting up and down the stairs or high places such as the car/sofa.

  • Reluctance to get up once lying down

  • Behavioural changes (withdrawal/depression) and resistance behaviours that may be unexplained.

  • Sensitivity or discomfort during grooming.

  • Growling, snapping or defending a certain areas of the body.

  • Panting or whining during low level activities

  • Excessive chewing of a limb/paw

  • Following a fall on slipperly floors, or while playing.

 

Some common conditions that benefit from physiotherapy include:

  • Back pain, spinal injuries

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Hip/elbow dysplasia

  • Patella luxation (dislocation)

  • Cruciate ligament injury

  • Post surgical rehabilitation.

  • Weight gain/obesity

  • Wounds, or scar tissue

  • Neurological conditions

  • Muscular strain

  • Soft tissue injuries

  • Nerve injuries 

  • Rapid muscular atrophy (wastage)

  • Reduce mobility in older dogs

  • Reduced athletic performance or fitness

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