What happens at a canine physio appointment?

During an initial assessment your physiotherapist will take a detailed medical history of your dog and discuss your expectations from physiotherapy. The initial assessment will include some or all of the following:

  • Range of movement testing

  • Muscle tone and strength assessment

  • Gait assessment

  • Neurological testing

Physiotherapy treatment aims to promote normal movement patterns, reduce muscle imbalances and relieve pain. Treatments include:

  • Manual therapies - joint mobilisation, soft tissue release, trigger point release

  • Electrotherapies (phototherapy, muscle stimulation, TENs)

  • Exercise prescription

  • Proprioceptive rehabilitation

Why does your dog need vet physio?

Dogs like people can suffer with pain and musculoskeletal problems following injury or illness. Physiotherapy can help relieve pain and improve function in working, competition and pet dogs. Physiotherapy is advised for dogs participating in:

  • Agility

  • Flyball

  • Working gun dogs

  • Assistance and guide dogs

  • Police and security work

Common injuries & conditions affecting dogs

  • Post-op rehabilitation: TPLO/TTA/ joint replacement/ amputations spinal fusions

  • Elbow or hip dysplasia

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

  • Obesity

  • Traumatic injuries