Causes of joint injuries in dogs:
- Boisterous playing in puppyhood or, from having been walked too far or too often before their bones have properly formed.
- Working and agility dogs can be particularly susceptible to strains and sprains of joints and tendons.
- Overweight dogs develop hip and shoulder arthritis, which is very painful and can shorten their active life or make them irritable and ‘snappy’.
- Existing injuries and old age can lead to joint degeneration and arthritis.
- Some breeds of dogs with long spines (eg. Daschunds and Corgis) can develop lumbar problems and disc herniation.
- Inappropriate games of ‘tug-of-war’, over-tight collars or violent pulling on dogs’ leads can cause serious neck and cervical disc problems.
- In the same way that massage, manipulation and electrotherapies can reduce pain and relieve stiffness in humans, it can be equally as effective in dogs.
- Low level laser is particularly helpful in accelerating healing in all types of tissue eg: cuts and skin injuries as well as tendon, muscle and ligament damage. It is quick, safe and painless, and well tolerated by dogs, cats and horses alike.
- Old dogs can become arthritic; gentle manipulation of their muscles and joints can help them enjoy a more active, independent life for longer.
Dogs can only be seen with a written referral from their veterinarian.
Please make an appointment for your dog with Jane O’Connor ADO DO