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Canine Physiotherapy

Pegasus Physiotherapy provides canine physiotherapy assessment and treatment in Wirral, Cheshire & North Wales.

 

Canine physiotherapy is becoming more prevalent as Veterinary orthopaedic techniques continue to develop and improve and requires comprehensive rehabilitation. Physiotherapy can really help improve the quality of life for your pet through to improving your sporting dogs performance. Techniques such as massage, myofascial release, joint mobilisations are used in conjunction with rehabilitation exercises often using wobble cushions, gym balls, poles and steps are used to treat these conditions in your dog: 

 

  • post orthopaedic surgical rehabilitation including total hip replacement, cranial cruciate operations (TPLO/TTA), elbow dysplasia arthoscopy, tendon release 

  • post neurological surgical rehabilitation including hemi- laminectomies and stabilisation operations 

  • hip dysplasia 

  • elbow dysplasia 

  • age related joint issues and osteoarthritis 

  • soft tissue (muscle, tendon and ligament) injuries 

  • obesity  

 

In agility, sporting and working dogs a reduction in their performance can often prompt a Physiotherapy assessment. Once lameness has been ruled out physiotherapy can then begin to try and reduce their discomfort, muscle tension, stiffness etc found following the assessment.  Most times just having a Physio MOT can show problems when the owner hasn't noticed any changes in behaviour or movement. That's why I recommend all dogs which exercise/compete regularly should have at least 6 monthly appointments to stay in optimum shape. Be proactive rather than reactive- don't wait for a problem to get the Physio out!

 

Unlike in our human practice, where you can self refer and not need the Doctors consent, The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 only allows for the treatment of animal by physiotherapists provided that the animal has first been seen by a Veterinary Surgeon.  This doesn't mean that you can't self refer and book an appointment with Pegasus but it does mean we have to have consent from your Vet prior to the physiotherapy assessment. We can contact the Vet on your behalf or you can download our consent form to discuss with your Vet. 

 

There are lots of different canine practitioners that can treat your dog, some with qualifications and other with none. It is always advised that you check the qualifications of the person treating your horse to make sure they have the correct insurance. As a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy we have to adhere to and maintain high professional standards in both human and animal practice. 

Contact us here to discuss if canine physiotherapy is appropriate for you and your dog. 

 

Download our
veterinary consent
form here

  • Plays less than usual

  • Is hesitant to jump onto the sofa or into the car 

  • Has become reluctant to go up or down the stairs 

  • Is aggressive 

  • Is lethargic 

  • Doesn't want to be touched  

  • Is stiff or lame after prolonged lying down, or after exercising. 

  • Has osteoarthritis

  • Has muscle tension

  • Needs post-surgical treatment

  • Needs rehabilitation 

  • General MOT checks

Canine physiotherapy can help if your dog:​

Can't thank Jen enough for all the work she's put into my mare... it's made a massive difference in her way of going so much more supple both ways - she feels amazing can't recommend her enough!

Chloe Grimward