Whether your dog has an ongoing illness, an acute injury or just behaving a little low, physiotherapy could help. Physiotherapy can help performance dogs (in agility/fly ball/shutzhund work/racing etc.), working dogs (police dogs/gun dogs/sheep dogs etc.) and your pet dog.

There are a number of conditions and problems that can be treated by physiotherapy:

  • Soft tissue injuries (muscle/tendon/ligament/cartilage)
  • Spinal problems (arthritis/disc problems/muscular problems)
  • Joint Problems (arthritis/hip & elbow dysplasia/growth problems/instability)
  • Reduced athletic performance (muscular fitness/strength/footwork-proprioception)
  • Neurological conditions (Fibrocartilageounus embolism/stroke/TIA/mobility following disc problems/nerve & muscle conditions/conditions effecting the brain)
  • Behavioural Changes (quiet/less active/moody/sensitive over certain areas/walking less/unable to climb steps & stairs)
  • Orthopeadic surgeries (cruciate ligament operations/fractures-breaks/arthroscopies/replacement joints/spinal surgery)
  • General maintanance of function and mobility in elderly dogs (decreasing strength/function - walking shorter distances, struggling to stand from sitting, struggling with steps/stairs/has multiple health issues - joint problems)


Treatment modalities include:

  • Manual Techniques; massage, myofascial release, ischemic pressure, mobilisations, and stretches.
  • Exercise Rehabilitation; Specific home exercises programs including; stretches, strengthening exercises and proprioceptive exercises.
  • Electrotherapy; Ultrasound and Pulsed Electromagnetic Energy (Biomag) and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES).

 What to expect on an appointment?

  • A detailed history of your animal and the problem you have asked me to assess.
  • An observation of overall conformation and posture of your dog.
  • A functional assessment of your dog in the treatment space, an assessment of gait in straight lines and if required secific athletic orientated tasks.
  • General palpation to locate any muscular/joint issues.
  • Treatment of the problems identified.
  • Specific rehabilitation advice following treatment to assist maintainance.
  • A follow up appointment will be made if it is felt necessary.


Veterinary referral is needed prior to your animals initial assessment.

Please download this form and give it to your vet to complete.

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     Paula Drury Veterinary Physiotherapy

9 Roedeer Cottages, Raskelf, York, YO61 3UY

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