What can Physiotherapy do?

Cainine Physiotherapy

Canine Physiotherapy

Joint MobilisationDogs can be affected by many different types of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. They can also be injured as the result of a being hit by a car or injure themselves whilst out playing. Older dogs can also be affected by osteoarthritis which can have an impact on their mobility and quality of life. Some dogs are unfortunate and are born with orthopaedic conditions that require either surgery or long term management. In conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine physiotherapy has a vital role to play in helping your canine friend recover and get back on its feet again or where there is a chronic condition requiring long term management, physiotherapy can help to control pain, maintain mobility and improve the quality of life for your pet.

Joint MobilisationFeline Physiotherapy

Cats are notorious for getting themselves in to trouble. By the nature in which they live, going outside, the potential for getting injured is high. Cats can get hit by cars, injure ligaments, tendons and muscles when jumping off fences or can get nasty abscesses if they get into a fight with another cat. Physiotherapy can help your cat to recover and get back on his feet again following injury or surgery.

Feline PhysiotherapyLike people as cat’s age they get worn stiff joints and you may notice that your cat is having difficult jumping onto chairs etc. Physiotherapy can help to keep your cat mobile and supple by teaching you some simple exercises to help your cat maintain mobility and independence.

Cats generally respond very well to physiotherapy but some cats do need a little more time to settle when in the clinic. From experience of working with cats physiotherapy is more effective when it is little and often.

Conditions that can be helped with physiotherapy


Conditions Affecting the Young Dog

  • Hip and elbow dsyplasia
  • Oseteochondrosis dessicans
  • Panosteitis
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes
  • Angular limb deformities
  • Muscle contractures

Conditions Affecting the Older Dog

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cruciate disease
  • Bicipital tenosynovitis
  • Patella luxation
  • Disc disease
  • Obesity

Traumatic Conditions

  • Fractures
  • Nerve injuries
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolus (spinal stroke)
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Limb amputation


Common Conditions Affecting Cats

  • Arthritis / stiff painful joints
  • Muscle sprains
  • Tendon / ligament strains
  • Muscle contracture
  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Nerve damage after road accidents
  • Limb amputation
  • Spinal trauma
  • Infected open wounds / abscesses
  • Luxating patella
  • Myositis ossificans