Why Dogs are Vulnerable to Physical Injury
Unfortunately, dogs suffer problems following accidents and as a result of developmental joint problems.
The most common causes are as a result of awkward falls out of cars, overjumping and sliding across laminated or wooden floors. Throwing balls and the overleaping neck tensions that occur can also lead to neck and spinal strain patterns.
The elderly dog benefits from physiotherapy to help keep them mobile and active. Overweight and shift results in depression and joint pain with associated muscle/ligament laxity.
After surgery, therapy helps to set the muscles and joints mobile and pain free. Some animals don’t have surgery for various reasons and in these cases, we can really help manage your pet conservatively. We can assist you and develop a homecare plan and provide pain management alongside muscle and joint re-education.
We offer screening for potential joint stiffness and spinal pain.
We can provide sports massage, warm-up and warming down regimes and spinal manipulation. For all tendon and ligament problems, we use electrotherapy and rehabilitation techniques.
Dogs lead active lives, full of energy and motion. Domestic dogs sometimes have injuries caused by falls and bumps, traffic accidents, repetitive twisting, or even old age may take its toll. Working dogs have to cope with additional stresses and strains, especially police dogs, racing greyhounds and sheepdogs.
If Your Dog Has Any of These Symptoms, Physiotherapy May Help
- Pain or discomfort
- Difficulty jumping up or down
- Crying when getting up or lying down
- Reluctance to play or exercise
- Unusual posture
- Unusual behaviour
- Uneven wear on nails
- Panting excessively
- Weak muscles
- Abnormal posture
- Sensitivity to being touched or patted
Maintenance of muscle bulk
Range of movemenArthritic/Older Dog
Improve quality of life
Soft tissue healing
ACPAT Cat. A Physiotherapists are taught to use their hands to perform joint and soft tissue mobilisation and manipulation. They are also trained in the correct use of electrotherapy, eg. ultrasound, laser, muscle stimulators and know when to use this safely and when it’s appropriate for dogs. A vital component is helping you as the owner to do as much as possible at home. We give you exercises, advice and guidance. Most importantly we give you time and specialist knowledge to enhance your animals well being.
Physiotherapy for other animals
Whilst we specialise in small animals and equine athletes, we have treated a wide range of other animals including:-
Please contact the office to discuss treatment options for other animals.