Canine Physiotherapy

Just like humans, animals benefit from physiotherapy following injury, pre and post-operatively and to improve performance and well-being.

Unfortunately, our dogs can encounter unexpected problems in their daily lives where physiotherapy can help. Be it small slips and strains, more serious road incidents or management of chronic conditions such as arthritis.  


As a dog owner, it is our job to notice and detect when they may be in pain or struggling a little more than usual. Some common signs that this could be the case include:

  • Moving away from touch

  • Lameness

  • Difficulty rising after rest

  • Slower on walks

  • Obsessive licking of a joint or area

  • Difficulty getting in or out of the car or with steps

  • Changes in behaviour e.g. becoming more defensive or aggressive. 

  • Not their 'usual self'

If you are concerned your dog is showing one or more signs it is recommended to speak to their vet first. ​Physiotherapy treatment requires veterinary consent as per the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966). If you think your dog requires physiotherapy please download our Vet Referral Form for your Veterinary Surgeon to fill out. 


Some common injuries and conditions which can be treated and managed by MVP include (but are not limited to):

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia

  • Ruptured and repaired cruciate ligaments

  • Fracture healing

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Invertebral disc disease

  • Patella luxation

  • Obesity

  • Neurological issues

For more information on canine arthritis, its management and useful resources for owners of arthritic dogs, please visit