CANINE PHYSIO

Exceeding Your Expectations

Physiotherapy can be life changing for a dog... 
Do you want to change your dogs life for the better?

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HOW CAN PHYSIO HELP MY DOG?

Physiotherapy has a number of benefits and uses in dogs for example:

  • Prevention of injury, injury is more common in dogs and often could be prevented with physio!

  • Rehabilitation, following an orthopaedic diagnosis physio will aid in recovery.

  • Post-op rehabilitation, following surgery physio aids in the healing process improving recovery and results of recovery. 

  • Building muscle strength, ideal for any dog! Muscle is key in injury prevention and important for a healthy dog.

  • Management, conditions such as osteoarthritis in older dogs can be managed with physio and improve mobility and longevity.

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HOW DO I KNOW MY DOG NEEDS PHYSIO?

All dogs will benefit from physio however dogs with these issues will benefit the most:

  • Have diagnosed conditions such as Osteoarthritis, cranial cruciate ligament rupture, hip or elbow dysplasia or neurological. 

  • Initially when getting up they're stiff

  • Struggling to get in and out of the car, jumping on and off the sofa or getting up and down the stairs

  • Knocking jumps at competitions

  • Reluctance to perform certain movements

  • Quickly tiring on walks they usually didn't struggle with and or preferring to stay at home rather than go for walks

  • Slowing down with old age

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COMMON CANINE CONDITIONS

Injuries and lameness is common in dogs, caught early some can be managed with physio.

  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury

  • Hip dysplasia 

  • Elbow dysplasia (there are a few different types of elbow dysplasia)

  • OCD

  • Osteoarthritis 

  • Patella luxation 

  • Intervertebral disc disease

  • Spondylosis 

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WHAT SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR IN MY DOG?

Signs your dog may need physio or vet intervention

  • Limping otherwise know as lameness. This can be hard to spot to the untrained eye however if you think your dog moves oddly this could be an indication of lameness. 

  • The dogs exercise and activity levels reduce, reduced walk time or not wanting to jump.

  • Heat or swelling around a joint or over the spine (often an indication of inflammation)

  • Change in behaviour, they may become signally grumpy or just not themselves!