What Can Dog Physiotherapy Treat?
Dog physiotherapy is a treatment used to relieve pain and manage conditions such as osteoarthritis, cruciate ligament disease, medical shoulder syndrome, hip/elbow dysplasia, lumbosacral disease, intervertebral disc disease & patellar luxation. It’s also a practice used post-surgery to aid early weight bearing and reduce muscle loss. Physiotherapy is an alternative to medicines and anti-inflammatory and is ideal for dogs that are receiving regenerative therapies too; it works well in conjunction with stem cell therapy or platelet-rich plasma.
What Does Physiotherapy Involve?
Before your dog’s consultation, your pet will receive an evaluation by your vet and look through their medical history. Assessing your dog involves feeling through all their joints and muscles and noting how they walk or stride. The initial treatments will discussed with the owner before the consultation takes place and any recommended home exercises. Follow-up sessions will also cover full static and dynamic assessments. Depending on your dog’s progression, the physiotherapy exercises can change or the work needed at home may be reduced. Dog physiotherapy works well alongside laser therapy and shockwave therapy too.
Also known as massage, dog physiotherapy can involve targeting techniques that stimulate muscles after disuse. Sharp and scattered strokes trigger nerve firing and relax tight muscles while also encouraging blood flow to certain areas.
The light of a warm laser will increase blood flow and pain relief for symptoms of conditions such as osteoarthritis or soft tissue injuries. It works to quickly heal the body after surgeries and compliments other therapies.
This device uses ultrasonic waves to vibrate the surrounding tissue, which can aid in improving soft tissues' flexibility. With the increased heat in the area, increased blood flow can aid inflamed and painful areas. Ultrasound therapy is great for ligament and tendon conditions.
Your dog must be referred by a veterinarian for physiotherapy. This is done by filling out forms online or you can speak to us at the practice for more information and more direct enquiries. You’ll be given a programme with targeted exercises for your dog’s rehabilitation. Poles and wobble boards are some props used for improving your dog’s stride and range of motion. Core exercises help maintain your pet’s posture and confidence with weight bearing.
For more information on our services and dog physiotherapy, speak to the professionals today. Book an appointment at the clinic for your pet's assessment and all details will be discussed.