His pain is managed. I know his signs of fatigue so don’t let him over-do it. I have removed exercise that worsens his condition and replaced it with enjoyable alternatives. His weight is managed. He is on a very good quality, non-processed diet. I include certain things in his everyday life that improve his balance and the way he uses his limbs. His bed is a suitable one in a suitable place and I address the secondary signs of compensation in various places on his body if and when he allows it. This last part is the part where physiotherapy can make all the difference as it is often not the offending injury site that causes the most pain but the part they are now using more instead. For Jake that is his front limbs and shoulders and neck.
Most importantly, I appreciate he will have bad days, that he has a level of distrust and worry about some things and in those situations I let him be and allow him to decide how he wants to go about something. I also give him time to do it.
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After reading this you may now be wondering if your dog has a problem but still don’t really see how physio can help them. Fear not! I will be discussing the many and various specific ways it can help in the future blogs in this series.
So my advice is to keep reading and slowly it will make sense as you begin to see the big picture or see an example that describes your dog. Its a much larger subject than most people think, with more possibilities for your dog than you ever imagined. Its much more than just repeating endless exercises, stretches and massage.
Physiotherapy treatment is now very sophisticated with up to date techniques that you and your dog can actually enjoy. In fact, your dog should always leave in better shape than they came in, whether they have a problem or not. I would say every dog could benefit from an annual physio assessment as they age, or even before, to catch problems early and prevent them from completely falling down one day when they have run out of good legs to hide it from you!
Do you now feel your dog may have a problem and don’t know what to do next? Contact a veterinary physiotherapist for help and ask them about an assessment for your dog. This will require a referral from your vet to give them permission and they will relay their discoveries back to your vet so they can decide how to help you. We are good at spotting even the smallest clues (especially if we are also TTouch trained) and helping your dog without stressing them out.
If you are in Lancashire and want an assessment for your dog we would love to meet you both at Canine Mind and Body Balance. Take a look at the Veterinary physio page for more information. We have a purpose built room to optimise your dog’s assessment and treatment. Also, if you want to learn more about this subject, why not come to the two day course and get all the information at once.