Our dogs need help to keep their bones, joints, muscles and tendons healthy and strong just like we do. Whether it is after an injury, after surgery, for performance or just because they are getting on a bit, physiotherapy will help rebuild, maintain and maximise your dog’s lifestyle.
About me - Maja Chadwick
I studied veterinary physiotherapy as a post-graduate qualification through Canine and Equine Physiotherapy Training, achieving an Advanced Certificate in Veterinary Physiotherapy at merit level. My first degree was a BSc in Bioveterinary Science at the University of Liverpool.
I am a full member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists, providing me with full insurance. I will only work under veterinary referral, so I must receive consent from your vet before I will treat your dog.
Soft tissue injuries, bone fractures or wounds occur commonly and respond well to physiotherapy. After initial treatment by the vet, we can use exercises to reduce the amount of scar tissue produced, both of the skin and the muscles/tendons. The dog then quickly learns to use the affected part of the body normally again. Without physiotherapy, dogs often compensate by using their other three legs and not bothering with the damaged one, but this puts extra strain on the body and increases the likelihood of further problems down the line.
The commonest problems I see are cruciate ligament disease and muscle/tendon injuries after a fall. I design a treatment programme specific to the dog to strengthen the injured area and to make full use of the injured leg again. Dog’s often become bored and even anxious when they have to be restricted to allow healing, so they tend to enjoy physiotherapy as it gives them something to think about, and increases the bond between you and your dog.
Physiotherapy treatment is vital for conditions such as arthritis and hip/elbow dysplasia, as well as many more. Physio can help slow the progression of these diseases, maintain your dog’s strength which in turn reduces their need for pain relief which takes the strain off their liver/kidneys. Overall, your dog’s quality of life can be improved and lengthened.
The same theory applies to these dogs; exercises to strengthen the body as a whole can not only improve performance, core stability and fitness, but prevent injuries from occurring. The exercises are also something different for you and your dog to do together, increasing mental stimulation and the bond between owner and pet.
Alfie with a proprioceptive wrap to help him use his back legs properly.
Thor is doing balance challenges on a wobble cushion. Encouraging him to move his head in this position makes it so he constantly has to stabilise himself - this is a tough excercise.
Electrotherapies are used for pain relief and to build up muscle bulk. Here Thor is enjoying this after his knee surgery.
Alice enjoying a bit of a massage.