Canine physiotherapy is an effective and scientifically proven modality to reduce pain, tissue damage and compensatory discomfort related to a variety of physical ailments. The purpose is to encourage or boost the natural healing process in order to regain, maintain and improve functional ability of limbs and joints and thus improve quality of life.
As with humans, as dogs get older they are more likely to suffer from joint problems such as arthritis, whether from normal wear and tear, repetitive activity, injury, infection or autoimmune disease, and this is a key area in which early identification and regular physio can make a massive difference to the welfare and behaviour of your dog.
It is important you are aware of any changes to your dog’s health to avoid aggravating a symptom. If a dog is in pain they may express this as aggression or seem depressed or “lazy” and should further emphasise the urgent need to visit your vet.
A chat with Kent Animal Physio for advice and assessment will always be worth it if you or your vet has noticed behavioural or musculoskeletal changes in your pet, such as:
- Elbow and hip dysplasia, luxating patella, cruciate ligament disease
- Difficulty with functions; running, jumping, climbing stairs
- Age related joint stiffness and decreasing mobility
- Arthritis, lameness and loss of muscle
- Spinal stiffness/soreness, intervertebral disc disease
- Abnormal posture when standing or sitting
- Trauma and soft tissue injuries to tendons, ligaments and muscles
- Weight or inactivity/obesity problems
- Pain or discomfort
- Behavioural changes such as a dislike of being touched or increased anxiety.
Physiotherapy should commence as soon as possible after injury, surgery or diagnosis. Gentle movement and techniques to reduce pain early after injury or surgery can actually stimulate healing, help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness, reduce muscle atrophy and degeneration of cartilage, bone and ligament. There is no need to wait until after removal of sutures. Physiotherapists are highly trained to deliver very precise and often gentle treatments so as not to jeopardise repair of painful or healing structures.
Working closely with like-minded and highly skilled therapists, Kent Animal Physio offers connections to both neurological and orthopaedic specialists and has facilities available for hydrotherapy for your pet. Contact KAP today to discuss your requirements or for some advice on what to do next.