Canine Veterinary Physiotherapy Benefits

All dogs can benefit from veterinary physiotherapy to some degree; whether they are healthy pets, recovering from injury or surgery, diagnosed with a certain condition, an older dog or a performance or sporting dog.

Potential Signs of Injury or Discomfort in Dogs

Including but not limited to:

  • Change in behaviour

  • Difficulty jumping (e.g. on and off furniture, in and out of the car)

  • Difficulty getting up from lying down or sitting

  • Heat or swelling around joints

  • Lameness

  • Loss of condition

  • Muscle atrophy (wastage)

  • Muscle asymmetries

  • Reactive to touch

  • Reluctant to go for walks

  • Stiffness (particularly after exercise or after a period of rest e.g. getting up after sleeping)

  • Scuffing toes

  • Tripping

  • Weight shifting


How can Veterinary Physiotherapy help your dog?


  • Any issues more likely to be identified early; therefore allowing preventative measures in place

  • Developing posture and core strength

  • Maintaining and improving muscle tone and quality

  • Maintaining correct gait patterning

  • Maintaining and improving fitness

  • Maintaining and improving strength

  • Reducing risk of injuries and degenerative disease

  • Supporting joints

Rehabilitation - Diagnosed Conditions, Injuries, Surgeries

  • Amputation

  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM) - "Wobblers"

  • Cruciate ligament degeneration or surgical repair

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Fractures

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Hip replacements or femoral head removal

  • Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)

  • Muscle tears

  • Muscle, tendon and ligament strains

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Osteochrondrosis dissecans (OCD)

  • Paralysis

  • Patellar luxation

  • Spinal surgery

  • Wounds

Older Dogs

  • Advice regarding any home management changes

  • Assisting in managing pain

  • Maintaining muscle strength, mass and tone - supporting ageing joints

  • Osteoarthritis

Potential Signs of Injury or Discomfort in Sporting and Performance Dogs

Including but not limited to:

  • Avoiding obstacles (e.g. refusing, exiting weaves)

  • Behavioural changes

  • Breaking stays or fidgeting during them

  • Crooked sit - not straight and square

  • Crouching instead of sitting on start lines

  • Knocking poles

  • Lameness

  • Loss of concentration

  • Measuring jumps 

  • Not maintaining heel work position

  • Shortened stride

  • Slower course times

How can Veterinary Physiotherapy help your Sporting or Performance Dog?

  • Conditioning and fitness training

  • Core strengthening

  • General strengthening

  • Increased performance

  • Lowering risk of injury

  • Maintaining and improving fitness

  • Tailored exercise plans