Canine Physiotherapy

Injuries can occur in any dogs from competitive agility or fly ball dogs to pet dogs playing in a garden. Working, sporting or competition dogs such as, police dogs, sheep dogs, gun dogs,  agility, and obedience often benefit from regular treatment to maintain fitness, improve performance, reduce asymmetries, reduce the risk of injury and maximise performance potential.  Some dogs are predisposed to injury due to their conformation or breed such as spinal injuries in Dachshunds or hip dysplasia in Labradors, German shepherds or Rottweilers.

Common signs include:

  • crying when getting up

  • difficulty climbing stairs or jumping into cars

  • uneven gait

  • signs of discomfort when being stroked in a particular area

  • reluctance exercising

  • reduced athletic performance

  • age related issues such as osteoarthritis

  • obesity issues

  • pre and post operative care

Physiotherapy can assist with:

Soft tissue concerns

  • ligament, tendon and muscle injuries

  • breakdown of scar tissue

  • tension, tightness and restrictions within the soft tissues

  • inflammation and swelling

  • pain management

  • wound breakdown

  • muscle wastage

  • compensation and weight transfer

Orthopaedic Concerns 

  • poorly healing fractures

  • dysplasias, OCD,  bone deformities

  • lameness

  • luxations

Neurological Concerns 

  • wobblers, disc disease and injury, CDRM

  • degenerative conditions

  • spinal injury and pre/post surgery

  • nerve injury and dysfunction

  • ataxia

  • Balance & Co-ordination 

Some medical conditions leave our pets unbalanced and poorly co-ordinated; physiotherapy and massage can improvement the balance and co-ordination of some pets and reduce the amount of compensation and weight transfer that is occurring in the body

Ellie Brassey FdSc, AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP

Mobile: 07468465580


  • Facebook Social Icon