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Physiotherapy can be life changing for a dog...
Do you want to change your dogs life for the better?
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.
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
Common canine conditions
Injuries and lameness is common in dogs, caught early some can be managed with physio.
Cranial cruciate ligament injury
Elbow dysplasia (there are a few different types of elbow dysplasia)
Intervertebral disc disease
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!