Canine Veterinary Physiotherapy

We provide home visits for our canine clients, all our physiotherapists are qualified to the highest level obtaining Masters Degrees in Veterinary Physiotherapy for Equine and Canine, we are also members of associations including, The Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners, and The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists.

Physiotherapy is a widely used modality for animals of all abilities, from the ‘pet’ dog to the athletic competition dog; it is also used in pre- and post- surgery and injury. Dogs can suffer from musculoskeletal imbalances through minor injuries and general strains, tensions and muscle fatigue and this can create discomfort and pain in other areas of the body. This can then affect their movement, which ultimately impacts their performance and physical wellbeing.

Our physiotherapy sessions are tailored for each individual dog, as no dog is the same. Dogs will be statically and dynamically assessed, this allows us to evaluate the dogs movement through its musculoskeletal system, compensatory issues and gait abnormalities. Following we palpate and treat the whole body using soft tissue manipulation and massage and any stretching exercises, which will facilitate the treatment areas. We also have a range of electrotherapies available for use depending on our findings, including class 3 laser therapy, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, TENs, NMES. After the session we also discuss with the owner aims and goal, further treatment recommendations and then we will recommend exercises in order to help any conditions we have found during the session.

Prior to initial physiotherapy treatments it is a legal requirement under sections 19 and 20 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Veterinary Surgery Exemptions Order 1962 for veterinary consent in order for any horse to have veterinary physiotherapy treatment. It is the owners responsibility to obtain prior to the treatment.

    • Decrease Muscle Tension


    • Identify Muscle Imbalances, Weakness and Over Development


    • Decrease Pain and Discomfort


    • Relieve Muscle Spasms and Fibrous Adhesions


    • Increase Range of Motion


    • Enhance Muscle Repair


    • Increase the Rate of Healing


    • Improve Mobility and Extensibility of Soft Tissues


    • Reduce the Risk of Injury
    • Amputees


    • Cruciate Ligament Injury


    • Elbow Dysplasia


    • Following Injury/ Trauma


    • Fractures


    • Hip Dysplasia


    • Hip Replacements


    • Muscle Tears


    • Muscle, Tendon and Ligament Strain


    • Obesity


    • Osteoarthritis


    • Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)


    • Patella Luxation


    • Post-Surgery


    • Reduced Performance in Working and Competition Dogs


    • Spinal Injury


    • Stiffness


Neurological Conditions including:


    • Paralysis or Recumbency


    • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)


    • “Wobbler Syndrome”- Cervical Spondylomyelopathy (CSM)