Physiotherapy for Dogs
Physiotherapy for your dog can be viewed as routine maintenance or a therapy for a specific condition or issue that your dog is experiencing.
- Pain or discomfort
- Soft tissue injury including muscle, tendon and ligament strain and tears
- Rehabilitation after surgery – for example following surgery for hip and elbow dysplasia, cruciate disease and removal of diseased spinal discs
- Rehabilitation following fractures
- Joint problems – including degenerative disease/arthritis, pain/injury/stiffness e.g. elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate ligament rupture
- Spinal Pain- including intervertebral disc disease and lumbosacral stenosis
- Neurological conditions
- Functional difficulties e.g. jumping, climbing the stairs
- Mobilisation of Soft Tissues and Joints
- Myofascial Release, Reflex Inhibition and Trigger Point Therapy
- Massage and Lymphatic Drainage
- Stretches and “Reflex Movements”
- Therapeutic Sports Taping
- Advice on Therapeutic Exercises to Assist in Rehabilitation
- Electrotherapy modalities such as: Laser, Ultrasound, H-Wave
Muscle Stimulation, and Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TNS)
The Competition Dog
Working Dogs and dogs that participate in canine sporting disciplines such as Agility and Flyball are elite athletes. Physiotherapy can help the dog to achieve working and sporting goals through injury prevention and the treatment of pain. The physiotherapist can also pre-screen for the canine athlete for potential problems that may result in injury and/or a reduction in performance.
The Injured Dog
Physiotherapy can help in the management of dogs that have sustained muscle and ligament strains or tears, joint injuries, wounds, and fractures. Following initial veterinary diagnosis, physiotherapy can help with rehabilitation: reducing pain; preventing muscle wastage; encouraging joint motion, correcting abnormal movement patterns; enhancing healing and minimising scar tissue formation.
After surgery, the Physiotherapist can help in the rehabilitation process working closely with the veterinarian. Early intervention and treatment with physiotherapy can enhance recovery and help in the prevention of complications.
Congenital and Orthopaedic conditions
Congenital problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia, and cruciate disease are common. These conditions can cause pain and loss of function reducing the dogs quality of life. Physiotherapy can help to manage pain, and provide programs designed to help the dog improve and maintain function.
Physiotherapy can help in the rehabilitation of animals with neurological problems such as spinal disc disease or following a fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE). Treatments employed by the physiotherapists can reduce pain and help to improve the animals movement via gait re-education and exercise programmes.
The Older Dog
Physiotherapy can help to relieve the aches, pain and stiffness associated with the ageing process. This can help to prolong the dog’s years of activity, or simply improve the animals quality of life.
The Canine Water Treadmill
Tracy works closely with Susie Davies at Hands on Hounds in Holmer Green who provides controlled exercise in the Canine Water Treadmill. The water treadmill is particularly helpful when dogs have just started to use a painful limb to encourage correct movement patterns and prevent muscle wasting. The Water treadmill can also be used to maintain/increase cardiovascular fitness in dogs that are unable to exercise running off lead.
Veterinary Referral & Reports
By law physiotherapists must obtain veterinary consent prior to assessing and treating an animal. Tracy is happy to contact your veterinarian to obtain consent and details of any relevant medical history.
A report summarising the main physiotherapy findings and recommendations is completed after the initial assessment. A copy of which is sent to the referring veterinarian and client.
Only by working as part of the multi-disciplinary team can physiotherapeutic intervention prove successful.