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Canine Injuries
Four footed animals can get around on three limbs reasonably well and this may quickly become a habit. This so-called 'lame gait' can lead to secondary problems, including back pain. Getting an animal to weight bear evenly on all four limbs is a major aim for many patients of Animal Physiotherapy.
Some of the more common type of injuries seen are:-

 


Post surgical rehabilitation
is a common canine patient profile. Dog owners are increasingly willing to do everything possible to make their 'best friends' lives as comfortable as possible, including undertaking surgeries like Cruciate repairs, spinal surgeries, arthroscopes, elbow and hip surgeries.

Of course, if surgery can be avoided with the use of Physiotherapy, that is always a first course of action. But sometimes a Cranial Cruciate Ligament needs to be repaired, a disc needs to be removed from putting pressure on the dog’s spinal cord, a dysplastic hip needs replacing/removing or an elbow dysplasia needs correction and then the dog will benefit greatly from rehabilitation, guided by a qualified Animal Physiotherapist.

All Animal Physio can come and see your dog at the Vet Clinic, at the time of discharge from surgery, if the Vet so wishes. Early intervention makes a big difference to recovery time, degree of recovery and owner understanding and compliance with the home management program. It also helps owners feel much more comfortable that they can manage at home.

Once the acute hospital phase is over, we can either see your dog at our new Consultation Room in San Remo or we can do a Home Visit. We believe home visits minimise the anxiety and stress for both dog and owner. This home treatment also allows us to assess the dog’s home environment and make suggestions related to that environment that may help the dog in its recovery, with things such as floor surfaces, steps, toiletting etc.


Competitive dogs are like elite athletes and need their bodies functioning at a peak, if they are to perform to their owner’s goals. Show dogs may need assistance with muscle soreness before a Show, a retrieving dog may have a limp due to sciatica, a Deer Hound might have suffered trauma in a hunt or a Greyhound might suffer back pain. All of these athletes are candidates for Physio, but no more so than
pet dogs who can't get round the block like they used to.

 

 

Older or arthritic dogs have special needs with joint pain, restriction of motion and muscle atrophy being common complaints.This dog has some very obvious problems with elbows and hips. Can you spot them?