Chartered Physiotherapist & ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapist
Canine Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for your dog

Whether young or old, family pet or working dog, physiotherapy could enhance your pet’s life. Please read below to see how your canine friend could benefit and what kinds of treatment are available.

Dog physiotherapy Treatment options

  • Therapeutic massage and soft tissue release
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Stretches
  • Exercises to improve strength and flexibility
  • Exercises to improve movement control
  • Electro-magnetic therapy
  • Laser therapy
  • Expert advice
  • Hydrotherapy at Sherwood Hydrotherapy Centre

Further referral to an Animal Behaviourist or Veterinary Surgeon may also be recommended in conjunction with Physiotherapy treatment.

Performance problems

Has your dog recently stopped wanting to run, jump or work as much as he normally does? Performance problems are often caused by pain, and a physiotherapy assessment can help to identify any problem areas and treat them using a mixture of electrotherapy, manual therapy and exercise.

Performance enhancement

Would you like a faster, more agile working or sporting dog? If so, physiotherapy could offer an individually tailored strengthening and proprioceptive rehabilitation programme aimed at your dogs specific needs.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Our canine friends are forever getting into trouble, and just like us can get sprains and strains of their muscles, tendons and ligaments. Physiotherapy can help these injuries heal using a mixture of manual therapy, electrotherapy, and an individually tailored rehabilitation programme to address any muscle weakness.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Sometimes dogs get muscle weakness, functional problems and neck/back pain as a result of neurological problems such as spinal disk disease. Physiotherapy can help rehabilitate your pet whether it’s treated conservatively or surgically. Usually this involves an intensive home exercise programme aimed at improving their gait, muscle strength, balance, and function.

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Orthopaedic problems can either be congenital or acquired, and they often cause gait abnormalities, muscle weakness, reduced function, and joint stiffness, E.g. hip and elbow dysplasia, joint replacements, cruciate ligament damage, OCD, fractures and patella luxations. Physiotherapy can rehabilitate both pre and post surgery using electrotherapy, manual therapy and a home exercise programme.

Age related problems

Is your loved family pooch getting progressively stiffer, weaker and struggling with day-to-day activities? If so, physiotherapy could offer a mixture of manual therapy, electrotherapy, and an individually tailored exercise programme aimed at giving your dog a new lease of life!

Problems that could benefit from physiotherapy:

  1. Performance problems
  2. Performance enhancement
  3. Stiffness, reduced function and muscle weakness caused by old age
  4. Muscle strains and sprains
  5. Tendon injuries
  6. Nerve injuries
  7. Joint problems
  8. Rehabilitation pre and post orthopaedic surgery
  9. Rehabilitation post neurological surgery
  10. Release of muscular compensations caused by lameness
  11. Functional problems e.g. inability to go up stairs
  12. Changes in behaviour
  13. Obesity