Ensuring your dog stays fit is important for them in order to live a healthy, pain-free life. However, here at Blythwood Vets, we understand that injuries can have a detrimental impact on them. Similar to humans, injuries to dogs can prevent them from living a normal, happy life, and getting the right help to get them back on track is crucial. Physiotherapy for dogs is a proven method that helps them regain their strength and power from any injuries that may occur, and here at Blythwood Vets, we specialise in providing Physiotherapy for dogs that will help them in getting back to living normal, happy lives!
What Is Physiotherapy For Dogs?
One of the fastest-growing areas of veterinary care is physiotherapy for dogs, which has been shown to raise performance, improve quality of life, and lengthen your dog’s life. It is viewed as a supportive treatment to increase healing rates, reduce the ageing process, and assist in the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle rather than as a replacement for contemporary veterinary procedures.
As physiotherapy for dogs helps to stretch and strengthen soft tissues to prevent them from contracting when mobility is restricted, reduce discomfort, improve the condition of soft tissues, and improve muscle mass, the treatment can be administered both before and after procedures. Muscle plays an essential role in movement initiation by supporting the joint and serving as a "shock absorber" for the body.
The Benefits Of Physiotherapy For Dogs
A number of physical disorders can be effectively treated with physiotherapy for dogs to reduce pain. This type of therapy aims to restore limb and joint function by enhancing movement and increasing the overall quality of life. Similar to people, dogs are more likely to develop osteoarthritis (a type of arthritis) as they age as a result of elbow/hip dysplasia, ligament (cruciate) injuries, and tendon injuries.
The back legs of dogs can become weak due to a variety of disorders, including spinal cord damage and hip dysplasia. They typically use their front end more to combat this and lessen rear-end movement. If the problems are not treated, dogs' shoulders and front legs may become uncomfortable and arthritic since they are quite good at masking their suffering.
The Type Of Physiotherapy We Provide For Dogs At Blythwood Vets
Alongside soft tissue techniques such as stretches and massages, here at Blythwood Vets, the physiotherapy for dogs we specialise in is hydrotherapy. This is where we use water as a way of improving overall health using the buoyancy benefits as an aid for your dog.
This form of physiotherapy for dogs has been a proven method to aid injury recovery, as the water allows the dog to move freely with reduced pain and reduced pressure on the limbs and joints. Hydrotherapy is wonderful for a cardio workout in addition to helping to build muscle because exerting oneself against the water is difficult, and patients' fitness improves with each session.
The Main Areas Physiotherapy Can Help Your Dog
Physiotherapy for dogs has lots of benefits, including:
- Joint issues include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, stiffness, elbow and hip dysplasia, and luxating patella.
- Intervertebral disc disease, stiffness and pain in the spine
- Pelvis, neck, and back discomfort
- Joint stiffness associated with ageing and reduced mobility
- Strain of the ligament (cruciate), muscle, and tendon
- Functions are challenging, jumping and stairs
- Trauma, tendons, ligaments (cruciate), and muscular soft tissue injuries
- Issues with weight, inactivity, or obesity
- Any discomfort or pain
Why Choose Blythwood Vets For Physiotherapy For Your Dog?
As an experienced veterinary facility with clinics throughout Watford in Bushey, Stanmore, Hatch End, and Northwood, we provide the highest levels of care for your pets to ensure they live long, happy and healthy lives. Having been established for over 40 years, our vets and nurses have the expertise and experience needed to ensure your pet is looked after and given the appropriate care.
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Book A Physiotherapy Session Today
Physiotherapy for your dog can be a great way of getting them back to their strength whilst in a comfortable and calm setting. To book a session or for more information, head to our website or give us a call to speak to one of our specialists today!
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