Six year old mini poodle, Buddy, went from a bouncing super active doggy to unable to move overnight, when his brain had an infection that affected his ability to do everything.
Assessment is the first step in physiotherapy. It includes analysing the pet’s ability and function when they stand, walk and sit.
The bones make up the skeleton which give structure to your pet’s musculoskeletal system. Some bones are protective- like the skull bones and rib cage and others are for mobility, like the bones of the legs.
Compensatory issues are when we find other parts of your pet that are painful or uncomfortable but are not at the primary area that we know is sore.
The bony spine is to encase the spinal cord which caries messages from the brain to the body. The discs give it the mobility for the pet to move.
We use equipment like the peanut and the K9Fitbone.These pieces of equipment allow me to design exercise program for your pet.
Physiotherapy is all about Making pets fit for life. Returning a pet to fitness or introducing a pet to a new activity should be a step process to avoid injury.
We use goniometers to measure the joint range of motion- how much flexion and extension is possible.
Harnesses are great for helping pets with their mobility- They allow us to more easily support and move the pet, whether it’s helping old dogs to stand more easily, or help your pet upstairs after surgery.
Our sneak peek series gives you a look at some of our physiotherapy patients and what we do.
We were able to retrain Buddy to first sit, then stand, then walk with support by focusing on normal joint range of motion and reinforcing normal movements along with neurological pathways and sequences.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury. It’s crucial to the healing process but when it gets out of control, it stops being helpful and is painful.