How Do I Know If My Animal Needs Veterinary Physiotherapy?

After Surgery and Injury 

Veterinary physiotherapy treatment is important following injury and surgery to optimise the body’s healing process, accelerate recovery, restore normal function of neuromuscular junctions and re-build muscular strength and stability. Not receiving Veterinary physiotherapy treatment following injury and surgery can cause areas of weakness and reoccurrence of injury.

Decline in Performance

Musculoskeletal imbalances, pain and weakness can cause a number of changes to your animal's performance. In canines this can be displayed by slowing down, reduced jump height, increased panting, reduced appetite, aggression and unwillingness to exercise.

Signs of pain and discomfort in equines is often shown by reduced willingness to go forwards, inability to strike off on the correct canter lead, struggling to work in an outline, not tracking up, disunited canter and poor transitions.

Change in Behaviour

Behavioural issues can often develop in our animals as a response to pain. This is often shown in horses by napping, bucking, rearing, bolting, refusing to jump and sudden change in personality. Dogs experiencing pain may be reluctant to exercise and go for walks, change in personality, slowing down, increased stiffness, struggling to get up and difficulty climbing stairs.