Canine Physiotherapy

Canine physiotherapy improving the health, comfort and performance of your animal in Shropshire, Cheshire, Wales and West Midlands.

Dogs can suffer discomfort from joint, spinal and muscle pain. They often disguise their pain as they do not wish to appear vulnerable. Physiotherapy has been proven to improve the health and well being of dogs in a variety of conditions such as muscular strain, elbow and hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament injury and neurological problems.

What Shropshire Veterinary Physiotherapy can offer your dog

Initially, a comprehensive history of your dog is taken which includes details of current exercise, and injuries, accidents or surgery. This is followed by a thorough static assessment including muscular and skeletal symmetry. Your dog is then assessed in walk and trot before palpation of the muscles, spine and limbs to establish areas of dysfunction or discomfort. A tailor made programme of treatment is then produced which often includes some massage, stretches and remedial exercises, plus a home programme for the owner.

Why does my pet need physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is particularly important following surgery where it can aid to re build strength, improve mobility and re educate the neural pathways for correct gait patterning. Gentle physiotherapy techniques such as massage, passive range of motion and proprioceptive exercises can be introduced fairly soon following surgery. All dogs can benefit in terms of improved comfort and mobility, particularly when suffering age related problems. Often the behaviour of the dog is improved as muscular imbalances and spasms are relieved, thus alleviating pain and discomfort.

Veterinary approval is required before treatment, and SVP arrange to speak to your vet in order to achieve the best outcome for your dog. An appointment can then be made at your home where your pet is more relaxed.

Canine physiotherapy
“Pauline has been treating my elderly arthritic dog Faye for a year. I have noticed a great improvement to Faye’s mobility after a treatment and she appears more relaxed. Pauline has also clearly explained some of the difficulties Faye experiences and has given good advice as to what exercises and tips I can do to help between treatments. I would highly recommend Pauline for anyone who has a dog with mobility problems.”