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Whether it’s an agility dog, a working dog or simply your best friend, PhysioFi can help your canine companion. Just like us, our pets can get injured from running, jumping, playing, not paying attention, or simply from old age creeping up. In these cases, physiotherapy can greatly assist in rehabilitation or slowing degeneration. We focus on pain management, muscle strengthening, mobility, and gait re-education. This helps your pet return to its maximum functionality as soon as possible!

Physiotherapy could also benefit your furry friend if they are about to or have undergone surgical intervention. Pre- and Post-op physiotherapy is far more common in the veterinary sector, particularly for orthopaedic surgery such as hip/elbow dysplasia, cruciate repairs, amputations, and spinal decompressions.

Even severe neurological conditions can be treated through physiotherapy as muscle stimulation, gait re-education, strengthening and proprioceptive work can improve neural pathways and appropriate splinting and exercises may prevent permanent contractures or muscle shortening.

It’s a complex and daunting list. And sadly, as our pets can’t talk, it’s hard to know what’s wrong with them when they become unwell and even more difficult to know if physiotherapy is the answer!

So, if your dog:

  • Has had an injury or accident.
  • Works or competes.
  • Has had or is about to have surgery.
  • Is showing signs of pain, tenderness, or aversion to touch.
  • Has a noticeable limp.
  • Developed weakness.
  • Has a noticeable reduction in the ability to jump in/out of the car, go up/downstairs or struggle with sitting, standing, or lying down…

…Then they are likely to benefit from Physiotherapy.

Just like our human and equine patients, all treatment begins with a thorough assessment, which can be conducted at your home. Once we have taken down your dog’s history, including prior injuries or issues, the current complaint, and a record of their normal daily activities, we would begin our assessment.

We allow plenty of time for your dog to relax and calm down and often use treats to encourage this. If your dog has allergies, please let us know. A lickit mat or some squeezy cheese is often a firm favourite!

A typical assessment consists of:

  • Observation of behaviour, posture, and reaction to handling.
  • A manual assessment of your dog.
  • A gait assessment 

If we deem it appropriate, we will conduct physiotherapy treatment immediately after the assessment. We can then organise further treatment sessions and offer advice on rehabilitation exercises and treatments that can be done at home, or for more complex neurological issues, we can put together advanced programmes to help you manage your dog’s condition.

So, if you feel your dog is displaying any of the symptoms we mentioned above or would like some help or advice, please get in touch via our contact page and let us know how we can help.