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Milo is an agility dog

Milo is an agility dog. His owner decided to have massage treatment to improve his agility, to prevent injury and to try and calm him down. Milo responded well to treatment.

His owner Lisa said, “He was very relaxed after the treatment, jumping much better and achieved his first clear round.”.

Why do dogs suffer musculoskeletal pain and back problems?

Whilst dogs don’t have the problem of riders, they can still suffer back problems. It is more common in performance /working dogs e.g. dogs taking part in racing, agility or country sports. These dogs can suffer similar problems to the human athlete. Dogs’ spines are very flexible, and while this allows them to run, jump and curl up tightly in their baskets, it also makes the spine susceptible to injury. As with horses, a canine injury can be the result of a one-off event or a longstanding compensation.

In addition to trauma (such as road traffic accidents, falling or fighting), problems can be caused by modern competitions (racing greyhounds, agility dogs), their work (police dogs, gun dogs) or their conformation (i.e. bassets, dachshunds etc). Even pet dogs can have skeletal misalignments, which can be caused by obesity, pulling on the lead, accidents, or over-exertion, especially when playing with toys such as frisbees. Wearing collars is a common factor in creating problems- intense pulling or getting the collar caught can cause misalignments of the neck vertebrae. An over-weight or unfit dog is more likely to suffer from back problems, as a lack of muscle tone and skeletal frame will have to burden extra weight. Older dogs can suffer from arthritis and stiffness leading to gait abnormalities and back problems. Dogs sleeping on beds, which don’t provide them with enough support whilst sleeping- like humans, they need good back support to remain healthy.

Would your dog benefit from Canine Therapy?

Do any of the following apply to your dog?

  • Has an arthritic condition
  • Limping or lameness
  • Not wishing to evenly distribute weight on all four limbs
  • Difficulty jumping or getting up and down
  • Have a back problem or the back twitches when stroked
  • A large breed dog with potential joint issues
  • Displaying signs of aggression, pain, reluctance to play or unhappiness
  • Failure to resolve the problem using conventional methods
  • Lack of performance (agility training, greyhounds, working dogs) or you want to enhance performance and preserve future fitness and muscular health

Most dogs benefit from a maintenance check-up every year, and also after an injury or a period of lameness. This is because gait alterations caused by lameness can place more strain on other parts of the canine structure. Bitches will also benefit from treatment after giving birth, as a difficult labour can affect the pelvis. Massage Therapy can be applied as often as advised.
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Animal treatment is governed by the law, and it is vital that these legislations are adhered to − not only from a legal perspective but also to ensure the ongoing welfare of your animal(s). The therapies offered by Emily Wilton are known as "complementary therapies," which means they complement veterinary care and are not an alternative to traditional medicine.
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