Small Animal Physiotherapy 

Physiotherapy is an evidence based healthcare profession which, like people, aids our pets in restoring and maintaining mobility, function, independence and performance. Physiotherapy is used alongside veterinary care and other complimentary therapies to help in the treatment or long term management of musculoskeletal or neurological conditions. 

Veterinary physiotherapy is used to reduce pain, restore movement and improve mobility and muscle control. Not only does physiotherapy  treat and prevent a range of problems animals may encounter throughout their lives but it can also maximise performance in our competitive and working animals. 

The following conditions can benefit from physiotherapy:

  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia 

  • Osteoarthritis 

  • Spondylosis 

  • Osteochondorisis dissecans

  • Patella luxation 

  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury/disease 

  • Fracture repair 

  • Lumbosacral disease 

  • Degenerative disc disease 

  • Spinal trauma 

  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism 

  • Iliopsoas injury 

  • Canine degenerative myelopathy 

  • Sporting injuries and maintenance 


Signs your dog may need physiotherapy 

  • Gait abnormality - unilateral or bilateral lameness, skipping gait, stiffness

  • Drop in performance - knocking poles, refusal, reluctance to perform 

  • Change in behaviour - chewing, licking at joints, lethargy, separation anxiety, reduced play, aggression can all be signs of pain 

  • Difficulties in daily activities - stairs, steps, getting in and out of the car, difficulty eating/laying down when eating, slipping

  • Loss of balance or uncoordinated gait

  • Sudden drop in muscle in one or more limbs 

If your small pet is experiencing any of the above, they may benefit from a physiotherapy assessment. Please note, that for all animals treated by Leanne at LJT Small Animal physiotherapy requires a veterinary referral form. You do not need to get this yourself. On booking an appointment, Leanne will take your vets details and contact them on your behalf so you don't need to worry about any paperwork. 

However, if you wish to fill out the form in advance then please find the consent form here