• Amber Calleran

Anatomy Series, 3: Common Illnesses And Diseases In Dogs

There are many illnesses and diseases that can happen in the course of your dog's life. Some breeds are more genetically predisposed than others. Symptoms can vary between each of the conditions so it is really important to make sure you make note of any changes in behaviour, posture or movement and let you vet and therapist know.

We have put together some of the common issues we see and how therapy can help. Maybe you have heard of them or have had a dog with it we would love to hear about your experiences.


Is a serious issue currently with almost 50% of dogs being overweight or obese. Just like humans, carrying excess weight can lead to diabetes, cancer, respiratory illness and heart disease. If you are unsure if your dog is overweight one easy way you can check is by running your hand over their ribs. You should be able to feel them but not see them. Although physical therapy will not help your dog loose weight, we can ease the pain or discomfort that is caused on the joints and the strain on the surrounding structures. We can also help you with diet plans and exercise tips to get your dog back to a healthier weight

Hip/ elbow dysplasia

Dysplasia is abnormal development of a joint (hip or elbow) resulting in the bones essentially not 'fitting' together properly and commonly leads to osteoarthritis. Physical therapy can be a non-surgical option depending on the individual and degree of dysplasia. Therapy is also let for post-operative rehabilitation.

Luxating patella

When the knee cap isn't able to follow it's normal movement (disclocates) into its groove when the knee is bent. The dog is unable to straighten the limb again resulting in a skipping motion either temporarily or permanently. There are different grades of luxation (1-4) which will determine if the dog requires surgery or not. Physical therapy