VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY

The veterinary physiotherapy is a complementary therapy that uses non-invasive techniques to improve or help maintain locomotor function, in particular joint flexibility, general condition with better muscle strength, better blood circulation and healing capabilities, in addition to reducing pain caused by swelling, contracted muscles, ... At the Mr. Can veterinary clinic we facilitate and accelerate the recovery of our patient after an injury / surgery / illness, or we help maintain the best general body condition of older dogs, dogs with chronic joint problems (hips, elbows, spine, ...) with the veterinary physiotherapy.

Who applies to veterinary physiotherapy?

Dogs (and other small animals):

  • With a muscle, tendon, or ligament injury.
  • After orthopedic or neurological surgery.
  • With chronic degenerative joint diseases.
  • Due to reduced condition and overall strength due to advanced age or past injuries
  • Sports dogs for better performance and better injury prevention.

Diagnosis to provide you with veterinary physiotherapy

General orthopedic and neurological examination with gait analysis, evaluation of musculature, joint health and mobility, and goniometry and measurements of thigh circumference. We manage the neurological state of the dog by checking the reflexes.

The diagnosis can be made based on the history and previous analysis, further treatment is planned, or we arrange for any additional tests that may be necessary.

Preventive exams are important, as we may be able to detect a potential problem quickly enough to start treatment early, before problems become worse. The longer a problem is there, the more recovery will be needed: therefore, timely action can be of crucial importance.

For sporting and working dogs it is important to assess the general condition of the body to track progress in physical abilities.

Appropriate therapies

By using the services of veterinary physiotherapy We can greatly contribute to improving the physical well-being of our dogs, making recovery after injury / illness faster and more successful, and achieving a faster return to normal life. With regular preventive check-ups and timely therapies, we can provide working and sporting dogs to reach their peak performance and working skills. We can help reduce pain in older dogs and improve their mobility, general fitness level and thus allow them to stay active until a much older age.

Because we believe that the knowledge and cooperation of dog owners is of the utmost importance, we also spend a lot of time on it, in addition to therapies and regular monitoring, we will also prepare instructions for you on how to proceed with joint mobilization, stretching and massage at home. To be actively involved in the treatment of your dog, as well as to improve your bond with your dog.

Did your puppy have an accident and do you consider it important to take care of him?

At Mr. Can we help you know who to look for to be the right person.

So if I want to talk to you about veterinary physiotherapy, I will begin by making clear these two concepts that we commonly confuse as oneself.

You should know that so that on the subject of veterinary physiotherapy There are Physiotherapists and Rehabilitators and each one performs a specific role. Pay attention and your puppy will have better results.

Physiotherapy can be defined as the branch of medicine that uses physical agents (such as heat, cold, light, water, massage and electricity) for some injury to the musculoskeletal apparatus or some pathology. The goal of physical therapy is to decrease pain or inflammation and to prevent the damage from spreading or worsening.

While rehabilitation, it is what helps you adapt to your activities of daily life after a decrease or loss of some function, whether physical or mental. It is the process of how to adapt a patient who plays tennis and who fractured his ankle, for example, and after recovery he must be rehabilitated so that he can play tennis again.

The principle is exactly the same for human or animal patients.

So now yes, identify the difference between physiotherapy and rehabilitation for dogs.

Physiotherapy in dogs corresponds to house animals, that is, pets, who suffered some type of accident such as a fall, a run over, perhaps even a fight with another puppy, for example, or in the well-known case of Sausage dogs that have problems with the spine. All of them will need some type of therapy to reduce pain and reduce inflammation as needed.

Instead, rehabilitation is to bring patients forward.For example, when the dog, due to spinal cord damage, suffers tetraparesis (which is when it loses mobility of all four limbs) or paresis (which is the loss of movement in two limbs), then it is necessary to direct him to a rehabilitation so that the puppy can walk again and have a good quality of life.

However, dogs that engage in a particular activity as part of their daily lives, for example, racing dogs, show jumping competition, guide dogs, drug detectors or search dogs, will need rehabilitation. in case you have not been active for a long time, whatever the reason. Like a person who runs and perhaps has a respiratory disease, to return to running he must have a short period of rehabilitation time to re-adapt to the activity he was doing.

And if you wonder if it is possible physiotherapy and rehabilitation for dogs  At the same time, the answer is no, but it can be physiotherapy first and then rehabilitation, and at Mr. Can you can attend to both branches.

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