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Does my dog need physiotherapy?

All dogs of any age can benefit from physiotherapy regardless of whether they are a working dog or family pet. 

Treatment goals can vary from maintenance sessions keeping your dog comfortable and functioning while maintaining fitness, to the treatment of sudden injuries or chronic conditions.

Dogs that compete in flyball, agility or obedience as well as working service and gundogs will benefit from regular treatments to maintain healthy muscle tone and reduce the chance of subtle asymmetries developing which could result in injury and time off work and exercise.

At Siobhan Hall Veterinary Physiotherapy each dog is treated as  an individual and will have personalised treatment plans and exercise prescription programmes to optimise health and well being.

Some signs that your dog may need physiotherapy include:

  • Lameness and stiffness

  • Heat or swelling around joint

  • Muscle asymmetry and wastage

  • Difficulty jumping in and out of the car or onto beds and sofas

  • Behavioural changes and reluctance to exercise and go on walks 

  • Weight shifting and offloading

  • Reactive to touch areas

  • Reluctant to lift paws 

  • Tripping or toe scuffing

Common conditions and injuries that benefit from physiotherapy can include:

  • Reduced performance in competition

  • Stiffness

  • Weakness

  • Obesity

  • Amputees

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia

  • Muscle, tendon or ligament strains

  • Muscle atrophy

  • Wounds

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Fracture repair

  • Hip replacements

  • Spinal surgery

  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)

  • Neurological conditions:​​

  • Pre and post surgical care

  • Palliative care

  • Traumas

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What to expect?

Prior to treatment a thorough assessment will be carried out. This includes static and dynamic assessment including the assessment of range of motion and muscle asymmetries. The thorough assessment part of the session helps result in an effective and focused treatment.

A range of treatment modalities are used as part of the canine physiotherapy session. This includes the use of:

  • Manual techniques

  • Electrotherapies

  • Stretches

  • Structured and specific exercise prescription. 

The majority of sessions are carried out as home visits unless organised at a different location. 

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Initial Treatment and Follow Ups

Initial assessment and treatment = £50.00

Follow up and routine treatments = £45.00


A small travel charge may be charged if distance exceeds 25 miles from RH1 5SA or requires travelling into London boroughs. 

If Siobhan sees more than one animal in the same location such charges will be split evenly between the animals. 

The travel charge will be waived if Siobhan sees three or more animals at one location.

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