Occasionally, surgery is the only option for dogs suffering from musculoskeletal deficits. It can be a stressful experience for both the client and the patient, and often involves weeks of special care and activity restriction. Just like human physiotherapists who assist people after surgery, physiotherapists for animals are there to help with:

  • Increasing the rate and quality of healing (of the incision site and the underlying tissue)
  • Maintaining joint health and range of motion
  • Decreasing rate and severity of muscle atrophy
  • Decreasing post-operative pain and inflammation
  • Managing compensatory mechanisms that develop as a result of abnormal weight-shifting and/or gait patterns
  • Achieving pre-operative levels of activity and functionality (where possible)
  • Guiding the owner through the entire process from surgery to recovery

Physiotherapists use science-based interventions like: manual therapy (e.g. massage, mobilizations), electrotherapy (e.g. therapeutic laser, therapeutic ultrasound, EMS/TENS), cryotherapy (i.e. cold therapy), heat therapy, kinesiology tape (i.e. sport’s strapping), underwater and/or land treadmill and specific exercises to achieve the benefits listed above.