May 18, 2022

Oxford Canine Physiotherapy


Canine physiotherapy

Has your dog had an operation? 

       Does your dog have sore hips or elbows or back?

                   Is your dog getting on in years or have arthritis?

                                   Is your dog a sporting or working dog?

                                         Has your dog gone off his legs?

Look no further – Physiotherapy will help. I care about your dog’s movement and function and will come to your dog’s home to assess and treat. Physio speeds up and improves the quality of the healing process, reduces pain and strengthens your dog back to 4-legged form . Most pet insurers pay towards physiotherapy.

After an operation to leg or back, dogs benefit from physiotherapy rehabilitation. Physiotherapy will help with pain and healing and help your dog back to four-legged form with quality and comfort.

Some conditions can be treated successfully by physio instead of an operation – talk to us about hip and elbow dysplasia, cruciate ligament issues and IVDD   before going for the operation. If your  dog his having issues with his wrists (carpal joint) or ankle (tarsal joint) then custom made supports from us at TheraPaw UK can help too. Thera-Paw Uk

Other conditions are also treated including arthritis, muscle tears and neurological issues.

Performance MOT’s provided for agility, other sporting and working dogs. This helps to prevent injury.

For Daxi’s – spinal MOT’s can help reduce risk of IVDD.

Physio treatment can:

  • Relieve pain and discomfort
  • Rehabilitate and aid recovery after an operation
  • Rehabilitate after injury or if not having an operation for an issue
  • Prepare your dog weeks before an operation
  • Help an old or arthritic dog be more comfortable and active
  • Rehabilitate your dog after a neurological problem
  • Enhance performance of a working or competing dog
Dog Physiotherapy AssessmentUsing a wobble cushion for proprioception Dog Physiotherapy TreatmentTheraband for hindleg strengthening


The assessment includes talking to you about how your dog manages each day, reading the vet report, observing your dog moving, muscle symmetry, core and limb stability, palpation for muscle tension and tenderness, and range of movement of neck, back and leg joints.


Clinical knowledge and judgement of any identified issues allows the Physio to select suitable treatments from the physio tool box of soft tissue mobilisation, laser & magnetic therapy, stretches and both proprioceptive and strengthening exercises. A rehabilitation plan is devised uniquely for your dog and may include a home program.

As Chartered physiotherapists we work closely with your vet, dog trainer and other practitioners working with your dog to ensure holistic treatment. Apart from  hands on treatment, it may be appropriate for your dog to have a home exercise program with you to improve core stability, proprioception and strength.

Next steps

Ask your vet to send a referral form through to me using the ‘Info for Vets‘ tab on the main menu. Or is you have any further questions please Email via the contact form or Phone  07767455168 to discuss your dog’s needs. Most Pet insurance companies will pay for physiotherapy. You will need to pay me on date of appointment via cash or card. We will provide a receipt which can be posted or scanned and emailed to your insurance company with an accompanying insurance claim form signed by your vet (or some companies require the physio to sign the form) . Please note that a number of physio appointments are often needed to fully rehabilitate. This may be over many weeks or months.

If you would like your healthy dog to have a musculoskeletal MOT then we do not require veterinary consent however if your dog is being seen by or having meds for any musculoskeletal issue then we do need vet consent via a referral form.

Common conditions Physiotherapy provides Rehabilitation for:

All orthopaedic conditions – post operative rehab and pre-op musculoskeletal preparation
Cranial Cruciate Ligament tear
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  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patella Luxation
  • Hip Replacement
  • Femoral head and neck excision
  • Tendon and Ligament injury
  • Muscle injury or strain
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture repair (from immediately post op)
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

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  • Lumbo-sacral disease (LSD)
  • Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy (CDRM/DM)
  • Fibrocartilage Embolism(FCE)
  • Vestibular disease
  • Stroke and other neurological conditions
  • wrist (carpal) and ankle(tarsal) joint issues

Note that it is a legal requirement to have your vets approval before a physiotherapist can assess and treat your dog. Please ask your vet to either complete the online vet referral via the ‘Info for Vets’ tab or to download and complete the form below and email   to us.

Classic Physiotherapy Vet Referral Form OR
vet referral form PDF format for printing