There are many conditions in dogs that can benefit from physiotherapy. Whether your aim is to keep your dog comfortable and functioning in geriatric life or to treat chronic conditions or injury in your pet. Working dogs regularly partaking in sporting or competitions such as, police dogs, sheep dogs, gun dogs, or those compieting in fly ball, agility, obedience or heelwork often benefit from regular treatment to maintain fitness, improve performance, reduce asymmetries, reduce the risk of injury and maximise performance potential.
There are signs to look out for that could indicate injury in your dog that would benefit from physiotherapy:
- Change in behaviour
- Reluctance to play/ walk
- Limping/ lameness
- Reactive to touch
- Weight shifting
- Muscle wastage
- Obsessive licking in a certain area
Conditions that benefit from physiotherapy treatment:
- Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Muscle, tendon, ligament strains
- Medial patella luxation
- Cruciate ligament degeneration
- Fracture repair
- Palliative care
- Spinal and neurological care: Paralysis,Cervical spondylomyelopathy, Intervertebral disc disease, Fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy, Discospondylitis and more.
By law Canine physiotherapy sessions can be only be completed after obtaining veterinary referral, or permission from your veterinary surgeon. This is in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966, where no animal may be treated without veterinary consent.
Download a referral form here: Veterinary approval