Physiotherapy for Companion and Working Dogs

Dogs of all breeds, age, and fitness levels may benefit from physiotherapy. Whether that is a beloved family pet or a working/competition dog. Age can have an impact on the body; younger puppies are often predisposed to certain diseases during their growth phase, whilst older dogs often suffer with degenerative diseases such as arthritis.  

Physiotherapy is rapidly becoming a popular tool for rehabilitation post-injury or surgery. Knowledge and understanding of healing and recent surgical advances in veterinary medicine have suggested that rehabilitation through rest and  pain medication may not be enough to provide an optimal healing program. Physiotherapy can be incredibly useful  in providing both physical and mental stimulation, and optimising the healing process for all dogs recovering from surgery or trauma.

Common conditions physiotherapy may help with:

  • Fractures

  • Muscle, tendon, ligament, joint capsule injuries (acute and chronic)

  • Muscle spasms

  • Amputees/Major trauma incident

  • joint luxation (e.g. patella luxation)

  • Nerve damage

  • Spinal disc disease/prolapse

Common conditions of the young dog:

  • Hip dysplasia 

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Osteochondrosis dissecans

  • Patella luxation

  • Angular limb deformities

Common conditions of the older dog:

  • Cruciate ligament disease

  • Arthritis

  • Spondylitis

  • Weight control issues

  • CDRM (Degenerative Myopathy)

  • General strength, flexibility and mobility improvement/maintenance. 

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