Canine Services

A typical treatment session will be comprised of the following:

  • Assessment - This involves gaining details of your dog's history and your goals for the treatment. This will be followed by a static assessment, dynamic assessment, palpation, and a range of motion assessment in order to gain a further insight as to what the issues are.

  • Electrotherapies - electrotherapy treatment will be selected specifically for your dog, with the choice of laser, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, TENS, cryotherapy, and/or heat.

  • Manual Therapies - massage, myofascial release, stretching, and/or passive range of motion will be performed depending on your dog's requirements.

  • Remedial Exercise - appropriate remedial exercises will be chosen for your dog, and demonstrated to you so that you can perform them between sessions.

  • Management Advice - recommendations will be made in relation to your dog's home management. This will optimise the therapeutic benefit of the session.

  • Session Information - information will be given to you regarding assessment findings, treatments performed, management advice, and remedial 'homework' exercises.

All treatment sessions require veterinary consent. This is both the law, and to ensure your dog is healthy and suitable for veterinary physiotherapy. Gaining consent is a simple procedure, please contact Louisa for further information.

If you are interested in this service, please visit the price list.

Will veterinary physiotherapy help my dog?

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Common indications that veterinary physiotherapy will be of benefit to your dog:

  • Stiffness or limping (lameness)

  • Decreased activity

  • Behavioural changes e.g. aggression, being more quiet, less playful, whining

  • Struggling to do normal activities e.g. using the stairs, jumping up and off of the sofa, getting in and out of the car etc.

  • Excessive licking or chewing of an area e.g. a paw

  • A decrease in performance in working/sporting dogs

Common conditions that veterinary physiotherapy will benefit:

  • Injuries

  • Obesity

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) disease

  • Elbow or hip dysplasia

  • Neurological conditions, such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), and cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobbler syndrome)

  • Spondylosis

  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)

  • Fibrotic myopathy

  • Patella luxation

  • Following a road traffic accident

  • Following surgery

  • Wound healing