Animal Physiotherapy: How Owners Make their Dogs Fit

In humans, physical therapy is an important part of the treatment of many medical conditions. The demand for dogs is also increasing steadily.

For anyone affecting the skeleton, tendons, muscles, or ligaments. Dogs with osteoarthritis or spondylosis (arthrosis in the spine) need therapy particularly often. Physiotherapeutic treatment is also optimal after cruciate ligament tears, meniscus problems, and fractures. They can also occur in young dogs, for example when they step into a hole while playing. The water treadmill is a great one to give dogs physical therapy. 

Physiotherapy also helps animals with problems with tendons, ligaments, and muscles. This can be, for example, inflammation, muscle hardening, or blockages in the joints. We also often treat dogs after herniated discs.

Some veterinarians recommend physiotherapy for certain clinical pictures, but by no means all – although animal physiotherapy is on the rise. For example, we work with veterinarians who call us for rehabilitation measures for dogs. Often, however, we also have patients whose owners know other dogs who are already being treated, classic word-of-mouth propaganda.

If the dog suddenly behaves differently, this is an alarm signal. Some animals then no longer jump onto the couch or into the car. It is also noticeable if the dog does not put any weight on one paw. In addition, increased drooling, panting, and repeated licking in one area indicate pain. 

Some dogs are also very restless, wandering around the house at night because they don’t know where to lie down. When a dog screams, it is usually in so much pain that the owner overlooked a lot beforehand.

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