Dogs can suffer from a wide variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions in all stages of their life. Young dogs may have developmental diseases such as hip and elbow dysplasia, dislocating patellae or osteochondrosis dissecans.
Middle age dogs can acquire conditions such as prolapsed intervertebral discs, spinal strokes, and cruciate ligament damage. Older dogs may suffer with arthritis, back pain due to spondylitis or degenerative muscle or nerve diseases.
Physiotherapy has a vital role to play in the management of these conditions whether they are treated with or without surgery. As the types of operation available have advanced, so has the need for the appropriate pre and post operative rehabilitation.
I can offer an individual rehabilitation programme for your pet, aimed at restoring normal proprioception (body and movement awareness), mobilising joints, strengthening muscles, teaching correct movement patterns, and restoring full functional activities to improve the quality of your petâ€™s life.
Sadly sometimes a return to full function is not possible, so for these clients I can offer long term management programmes which may include regular physiotherapy sessions, a combined exercise programme of therapeutic exercises and hydrotherapy with Hydro-Mac, and provision of splints and supports.
As dogs age, they are prone to arthritis and muscle soreness. Regular massage and other manual techniques can increase joint mobility and soothe achy muscles, and electrotherapy can ease pain and reduce inflammation.
I can also lead weight reduction programmes, prescribe suitable exercises to maintain their muscle mass, and cognitive activities to enrich the lives of elderly dogs and help prevent or slow down canine dementia. I can prescribe splints to support failing joints and help source aids to daily living such as assistive harnesses, orthopaedic beds, ramps, raised feeding bowls.
Peripheral Vestibular disease can affect pets of any age, but most frequently occurs in older pets. The onset is sudden and dramatic and is often mistaken for a stroke. The vertigo caused by the disease causes symptoms of nausea, difficulty or complete inability to stand up, head tilt, abnormal eye movement, and circling. These symptoms are caused by debris / crystals in the inner ear canals.
I can offer therapeutic postural positioning manoeuvres to dislodge these and return full function to the balance mechanism in the ear and restore your dog’s orientation to his environment.
Cats are natural athletes and have an inquisitive nature. This can lead them into hazardous situations which can result in muscle, tendon or ligament injuries due to mistiming jumps, falls or collisions. Veterinary physiotherapy can relieve pain and promote the healing of these soft tissue injuries.
Cats also sustain wounds from cat fights. Wounds, especially those caused by bites, are susceptible to bacterial infection and abscess formation. Blue Light Phototherapy is particularly useful in resolving infection and promoting healing.
Sadly cats are frequent victims of road traffic accidents, which may result in multiple fractures, limb amputations or spinal injuries. Although cats are great healers, I can provide a rehabilitation programmes to enhance healing and promote a speedy recovery.
These are similar to programmes for dogs, but have to be adapted to be on your cat’s terms.
Although the majority of my clients are dogs, cats and horses, I am happy to help with any other pets.