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Canine Physiotherapy

Dogs of all ages, breeds and activity levels can benefit from physiotherapy, from your loving pet to your prize athlete to your loyal working and service dog.

Unfortunately, every dog can hurt themselves (even a simple run in the garden can lead to injury) as well as experience old age niggles and aches. Physiotherapy can help keep your dog happy and comfortable, providing pain relief and reducing the risk of injury.

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R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy works under strict referral from your veterinary surgeon. This means that we must have permission from your veterinary surgeon before we can perform any physiotherapeutic treatments. 

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Physiotherapy for pets

Pet dogs are typically renowned for their playful attitudes, be it playing with their favourite toy or running around in the garden. Jumping, running, twisting and turning whilst playing can however lead to straining and pulling of soft tissues, as well as increasing the risk of traumatic bone and joint injuries. 

Additionally, besides play, dogs typically have a reduced exercise level during the week whilst we are at work, that rapidly increases at the weekend when we take our loving pets for longer walks to different places. However, our dogs may not be as prepared for long weekend hikes as we think they may be if they are not active during the week, and this can lead to an increase in traumatic and overuse (stress) injuries. 

Physiotherapy can treat any injuries that your pet may have experienced currently or in the past, providing pain relief and improving overall comfort. Physiotherapy can also reduce the risk of future injuries through strengthening muscles and bones. 

Physiotherapy for working and service dogs

Working dogs often experience excessive strain and forces through their legs when jumping, landing and running across rough terrain. When this happens frequently, this increases the risk of traumatic and overuse (stress) injuries. 

Service dogs, such as police, search and rescue and even guide dogs, are on their feet for long hours of the day. Just like in humans, being on your feet all day every day can be tiring and can cause overuse (stress) injuries. Additionally, climbing, turning and moving over rough terrain can put extra stress through your dog’s limbs and body, further increasing their risk of injury.

Did you know physiotherapy isn’t just to help recovery from injury? Physiotherapy can help reduce any uncomfortable niggles and keep their muscles and bones strong to prevent injuries, whilst also improving their overall fitness, balance and coordination to keep your pet working at their best!

Physiotherapy is great for working and service dogs! At R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy, we respect the hard work and dedication that all our working and service dogs provide to us, and so we aim to return to them the same dedication and respect in helping them stay happy and comfortable both in and out of their jobs.

Physiotherapy for sporting dogs

Like humans, our four–legged athletes are at a high risk of injury. Quick speeds, fast turns and jumping amongst other activities increase the risk of torsion and concussive injuries. Repetitive injuries also increase the risk of your dog developing chronic conditions such as arthritis. Physiotherapy can help speed up the rate of recovery and achieve a better quality heal to get your dog back to their winning ways as quick as possible.

Did you know physiotherapy isn’t just to help recovery from injury? Physiotherapy can help reduce any uncomfortable niggles and keep their muscles and bones strong to prevent injuries, whilst also improving their overall fitness, balance and coordination to keep your pet winning!

Physiotherapy for show dogs

Good conformation, muscle tone and gait are desired in a top–quality show dog. Physiotherapy can help keep your dog in peak fitness and maintain a correct gait pattern, allowing your dog to keep winning!

Show dogs can also experience the same every day niggles and injuries at home as pet dogs. Physiotherapy can increase the rate of recovery from injuries with a better quality heal and can keep your dog injury free outside of the show ring.

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What conditions can physiotherapy treat in canines?

Conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy include:
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Muscle disorders, including wastage and contractures
  • Ligament and Tendon injuries, including tendinopathy
  • Joint diseases, including sesamoiditis, osteochondrosis dissecans and incongruity
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia and other joint luxations
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fractures and avulsions
  • Wound healing, including after trauma and surgery
  • Soft tissue injury
  • Neurological conditions, including intervertebral disc disease, fibrocartilaginous embolism and degenerative myelopathy
  • Loss of performance

Please make sure your dog is clean and dry before their physiotherapy appointment.

If you would like to discuss your dog’s condition and whether physiotherapy could be beneficial, please contact us today!

Request an appointment

R E C Veterinary Physiotherapy works under strict referral from your veterinary surgeon. This means that we must have permission from your veterinary surgeon before we can perform any physiotherapeutic treatments. 

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