About Dog Physiotherapy

Prescribed by a doctor during the recovery from illness or surgery or for established illnesses that cannot be operated on but can be slowed or controlled with therapy.

Each disease is different…

  • We may start by stimulating the nerve cells, and then hopefully follow up by loading the limb, or work to restore coordination.
  • Sometimes we may need to focus on rebuilding muscles, strengthening tendons, and ligaments after knee surgery, but the goal is always the same: to restore normalcy after illness.

Even though the primary focus is always on a specific body part as diagnosed by the doctor, we also work on the whole-body area to avoid the compensations that may arise from the sick body part, e.g., caused by shifting the weight to the opposite side of the body.


Canine physiotherapy groups

There are 3 different methods of physiotherapy:

Physiotherapy massage dog

Passive mobilisation

In passive mobilization, patients are often unable to move independently. During the therapy, the focus is on stimulating the production of joint fluid to increase blood circulation, preserve joint flexibility, slow down muscle atrophy, prevent shortening of muscles and tendons, and treat resulting adhesions.

Passive movements are extremely important for dogs with complete paralysis, where the walking process consists of a series of spinal reflexes. Early therapy can help relearn walking, as dogs can walk from memory. Depending on the disease and condition, we utilize the locomotor system’s own function.

Stabilisation exercises

Stabilisation exercises

Stabilization exercises aim to strengthen the muscles, practice load phases, and improve coordination. The dog sits, lies, or stands in one position, and the therapist utilizes various techniques to adjust the amount of resistance. These exercises are typically performed on a flat surface, progressing to the use of different balance pads and other equipment until the dog achieves full recovery.

These playful exercises play a significant role in the pre- and post-operative phases of various operations, as they can help shorten the rehabilitation period and restore a good quality of life sooner.

Whether it’s patella surgery or dysplasia resulting from poor nutrition over the years, stabilization exercises are recommended by doctors after surgery or in the case of genetic disorders or pain. A gradual and consciously structured treatment will reduce the pain and assist the body in returning to its normal posture and movement.

Physioterapy - Active

Active movement

In active movement exercises, the dog takes an active role in performing the exercises. As a therapist, my role is to establish the correct trajectory, motivating and guiding the animal throughout the process.

The main objective of this method is to enhance muscle strength, actively mobilize the joints and spine, practice loading phases, and improve coordination. To achieve this, I utilize various specialized balancing equipment of diverse shapes and sizes, including stable and unstable surfaces, uneven terrain, and obstacles such as Airex mats, balance balls, slalom courses, fitballs, cones, and more.


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Prior to first session, we must have written medical clearance from your Veterinarian.


"Spot is 9 years old, and although he is not currently showing any significant mobility difficulties or pain, I know that old age joint disease can slowly set in, so Petra visits us a few times a month to keep him exercised. Spot really enjoys it and after the sessions he visibly has more energy. I want to keep him in good health as long as possible, so we will definitely continue his treatment. She and Spot seem to love each other." laughing

"My Meck doggy had knee surgery years ago. He recovered nicely, but the doctors told me that the problem could return at any time, so I had to be very careful and watchful. Try to maintain this condition with regular exercise. I found Petra, who massages him regularly and works on him with different gymnastic exercises to strengthen his muscles - maintain his stamina, so he's in amazing shape Meck as a youngster. I would recommend her to all dog owners, she is skilful and understands the language of dogs!"

"I had realized that my dog is limbing so I took her to the vet who said start of arthritis and her joints were tight. ...then I started surfing the net and regular massage was recommended everywhere. Then I heard about Petra, so I went to see her. My loved one really enjoys her treatments, she starts with a kiss and she loves every session. She is in great shape now ...."

"Me and Pepper always look forward to meeting Petra. Pepper is a perfectly healthy, perfectly fit large poodle dog who needs lots of exercise. Even though he walks several times a day, he never runs out of energy, so Petra visits us 1x a week with her balance equipment to strengthen his skills during an intense workout. She always looks forward to the next session."

"I have heard a lot of good things about Petra from people I know, so I decided to give it a try. Because of my job, Luna is at home a lot, she doesn't get much high intensity exercise and is a bit overweight. The doctor says that with this lifestyle, she is likely to develop joint pains prematurely. She and Petra are doing a variety of treatments, which she does with great enthusiasm, always giving her a big kiss when she sees her... I'm glad that my partner and I found her, Luna's condition has obviously changed a lot."

"Petra is an excellent dog masseuse and has a super sense of finding a voice with dogs. I am very grateful to her for helping my dog. She had a severe knee sprain that had to be medically reset. She was in severe pain for a while holding her leg up, she could not put it down. She's walking on it now, use that blade. I'm sure I'll be inviting Petra for birthday massages after the treatment is over:) I sincerely recommend her to everyone."


How to spot when you need a dog musher!

  • For her birthday 😊
  • Before and after high-intensity sports
  • Before and after longer and more stressful trips
  • The first thing that may be immediately apparent when you notice any kind of musculoskeletal abnormality in your dog. In this case, please consult a vet before anything else, as there may be compensation in their movement due to internal organ disorders!
  • Post-operatively or instead of surgery prescribed by a doctor: rehabilitation, exercise, treatment

If you notice any signs of musculoskeletal issues or need assistance with your dog's recovery, don't hesitate to seek the expertise of a dog musher! They can provide valuable care and support to ensure your dog's well-being.

    Call me when the dog's behaviour is out of the ordinary:

    Here are some specific signs and conditions to look out for:

    1. Mood swings and discouragement
    2. Slow metabolism
    3. Joint pain in old age or to prevent it
    4. Other pains
    5. Muscle atrophy and stiffness
    6. Limping, nodding, posterior droop, stiff neck posture
    7. Difficulty standing up, going up and down stairs, or jumping on and off sofas
    8. To accelerate the healing of scars, wounds, and stitches
    9. Bone fractures
    10. Injuries or strains to ligaments
    11. Gingivitis
    12. Hematoma
    13. Insomnia

    If you notice anything else that seems abnormal or concerning with your dog's behavior or health, please let me know, and I will be in touch to discuss further and provide assistance.

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