Small animals are frequently referred for physiotherapy to assist in the rehabilitation of injuries, for conservative treatment for an ongoing musculoskeletal condition, to improve their athletic performance, or to improve quality of life in older age.
Unfortunately, dogs are highly accident prone. Sudden changes in direction, jumping out of cars or slipping on hard surfaces can cause muscle, tendon, ligament and bony injuries. It is important that your dog is assessed carefully, with an appropriate physiotherapy programme implemented and progressed at the correct speed to maximise recovery.
Furthermore, many dogs inherit congenital orthopaedic conditions that are often diagnosed when your dog is a puppy. However you and your vet choose to manage these conditions, ongoing physiotherapy will ensure your dog remains as comfortable and mobile as possible throughout their lives, giving you peace of mind that your dog has the best possible quality of life.
Physiotherapy can be beneficial for your dog or small animal for the following issues diagnosed by a vet:
- Muscle weakness or injury
- Nerve damage
- Tendon and ligament injury
- Acute and chronic wounds
- Acute, chronic or referred pain
- Post-surgical management of MSK/neurological disease
- Compensatory issues
- Conservative management of ongoing musculoskeletal conditions (e.g Hip or Elbow Dysplasia, Cruciate injury, Spinal pathology, Luxating Patella)
- To assist with wound healing, minimising scar tissue and restoring function
- Chronic joint problems (e.g. Osteoarthritis)
Dogs are good at hiding pain or discomfort, so it can present in less obvious ways. Signs that your dog might benefit from physiotherapy include:
- Change in behaviour
- Drop in athletic performance
- Decreased interest in exercise and play
- Difficulty getting up or lying down
- Reacting to being touched or stroked
- A change in posture or movement
- Difficulty jumping up and/or down
- Excessive panting or shaking
- Lameness (must be consulted by a vet)
If you think your dog could benefit from physiotherapy and you’d like to make an inquiry, please don’t hesitate to contact Helena.