Pet Physiotherapy Services

Working closely with your vet is important for achieving the best possible outcome. Vilhelmiina only works on veterinary referral and aims to obtain a clinical history of your pet to ensure safe practice and effective treatment.

Veterinary physiotherapy helps dogs to recover from injury, illness or surgery with the aim of reducing pain and discomfort, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes and restoring mobility. Regular physiotherapy is also beneficial for enhancing performance and reducing risk of injury of working and competing dogs.

Vilhelmiina uses her extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to devise an effective physiotherapy treatment plan for your pet. All plans are individually designed, clinically reasoned and based on current scientific research taking into account your pet’s specific needs.

Working closely with you vet is important for achieving the best possible outcome. Vilhelmiina only works on veterinary referral and aims to obtain a clinical history of your pet to ensure safe practice and effective treatment. You can download a referral form HERE.

Birmingham Vet Physio may be able to help your dog with the following: 

Dog Theraphy

Arthritis

It is estimated that 1 in 5 adult dogs and up to 65% of dogs aged 7 and over have arthritis (OA). Arthritis is a progressive condition that cannot be cured. Several things, such as injuries, repetitive high-impact activity and excess weight, can contribute to the development of OA. It doesn’t only affect joints and the immediate surrounding tissues but also causes compensatory issues including muscle spasm, spinal pain and overuse injury on the compensating body parts. Signs of OA can be difficult to identify until the disease has progressed significantly.

The signs of OA can include:

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a common genetic conditions that is caused by abnormal development of the hip joints. As a result, normal movement causes irregular forces on the joint surface and soft bones of developing puppies. This will cause damage to the joints over time and will eventually lead to arthritis.

Often mild elbow or hip dysplasia go undiagnosed until they have progressed to arthritis and caused a limp or noticeable muscle loss. X-rays are required for diagnosis. Mild cases can be treated conservatively but more severe cases could require surgery.

Signs of hip dysplasia can include:

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Rhodesian Ridgeback Dog doing Physiotherapy Exercise

Elbow dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia is the most common cause of forelimb lameness in young, large and giant breed dogs. Most dogs have a limp on one or both front legs. This can be seen as a nodding of the head when the good leg is placed and lifting of the head when the bad leg is placed. Some dogs that limp on both front legs will not have a limp, but will have an unusual “paddling” gait. Lameness is often triggered by prolonged rest and exercise.

At home, you will have noticed lameness or stiffness and your primary care vet will have noticed elbow pain in your dog.

 

Signs of elbow dysplasia can include:

Weight Loss

Approximately 40% of dogs (over 3.5 million individuals) in the UK are overweight or obese according to the PSDA 2018 report. Excess weight can cause multiple medical problems, worsen musculoskeletal issues, decrease the quality of life and shorten lifespan by as much as two years. Overweight dogs are also more likely to develop arthritis.

Check your dog’s body score here

Physiotherapy plan will support your dog’s weight loss journey. By providing the right exercise, management and therapy plan for each dog’s individual needs, physiotherapy can help restore mobility, strength and quality of life. Physiotherapy intervention can also prevent injuries and slow down the development of osteoarthritis commonly seen in overweight dogs.

Get in touch to book your pets initial consultation

If your pet needs help then please get in touch with us for help, advice or to book your initial consultation and get that tail wag back.