Pet Physiotherapy

A way to relieve pain and freedom of movement for our four-legged friends

The world of animal health has made tremendous strides in recent years. One of these fascinating developments is animal physiotherapy, a natural form of therapy that treats disturbed body functions in our furry companions and relieves their pain, improves movement therapy and body functioning. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the world of animal physiotherapy and explore its many applications and causes.

Animal physiotherapy: A blessing for our pets

What is animal physiotherapy?

Animal physiotherapy, also known as animal physio, is a holistic form of treatment that aims to promote the health and well-being of animals, especially dogs. It uses physiotherapeutic methods to treat disturbed body functions, relieve pain and improve mobility.

This form of therapy is much more than just scratching your four-legged friend's back. It encompasses a wide range of techniques and approaches tailored to the individual needs of each animal. These include Massage, movement therapy, Hydrotherapy, manual therapy, electrotherapy and much more.

Unterwasserlaufband mit Hund
Underwater treadmill with dog

My practice room is equipped with a Underwater treadmill of the BFH company - Hydrotherapy is an important building block in physiotherapy and helps to restore body functions and build up weak muscles in a way that is easy on the joints.


Causes for disturbed body functions

The reasons why a dog or other pet may be affected by disturbed bodily functions are many and varied. Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Ageing: Older dogs often develop joint problems and muscle stiffness that can limit their mobility.
  • Injuries: Accidents and injuries can lead to problems in the musculoskeletal system that require physiotherapy.
  • Orthopaedic diseases: Hip dysplasia, arthritis and other orthopaedic diseases are common triggers for body dysfunction.
  • Neurological problems: Animals with neurological diseases can benefit from physiotherapy.
  • Overweight: Overweight pets often have less mobility and need support to lose weight and build muscle.
  • Rehabilitation after operations: After surgery, pets often need special care to fully recover.
Tierphysiotherapie mit Geräten
Animal physiotherapy with equipment

Fields of application of animal physiotherapy

Animal physiotherapy can be used in a variety of situations and for different types of animals. Not only can dogs be treated very well, but physiotherapy is also a great help for rabbits, guinea pigs and cats. Here are some of the most common Fields of application:

  • Rehabilitation after injuries or operations
  • Arthrosis and joint diseases
  • Neurological problems
  • Overweight management
  • Sports injuries and performance improvement
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Behavioural problems
  • Age-related problems
  • Recovery after intense exercise
  • Posture and prevention

Pet OsteopathyA complementary form of therapy

In addition to animal physiotherapy, the Pet Osteopathy an important complementary form of therapy. Pet Osteopathy deals with the holistic view of the animal and the restoration of balance in the body. I can identify blockages and tensions and treat them with gentle manual techniques to support the body's natural self-healing.

The combination of animal physiotherapy and Pet Osteopathy is an effective solution to many animal problems, as they complement each other and comprehensively promote the health and well-being of the animal.

Step-by-step guide: How does animal physiotherapy work for dogs?

Now that we know the basics of animal physiotherapy, let's take a look at the process of such therapy in dogs. Here is a step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Anamnesis 

I start with a thorough history of the dog. This includes gathering information about the dog's medical history, existing health problems, pain symptoms and other relevant information.

Step 2: Initial examination (initial findings)

There are many causes that can lead to muscle loss and immobility in the next instance. Since our animal cannot tell us where it hurts, it is important to find out where the problems are and what can help. A thorough initial examination is decisive for the chosen treatment method. Joint mobility, muscle tension and other physical characteristics are assessed.

Step 3: Goal setting

Based on the medical history and examination, I set clear goals for the treatment. This can include pain relief, improving mobility, relaxing the muscles and promoting blood circulation.

Step 4: Treatment (carrying out the therapy)

Based on the diagnosis, I create a tailor-made therapy plan for your dog. This plan can include exercises, Massage and manual techniquesHydrotherapy and other techniques include to address your dog's specific problems.

Step 5: Monitoring and adjustment

During the treatment, I constantly monitor your dog's response to the therapy. The treatment can be adjusted as needed to ensure that the animal receives the best possible care.

Step 6: Home Exercises

I will also show you exercises and techniques that can be done at home to maintain progress between treatments. The pet owner plays a crucial role in their pet's recovery.

Step 7: Follow-up appointments (regularity is the key)

Depending on your dog's needs, a series of sessions can be scheduled. The frequency and duration of the sessions will depend on the nature of the problems and your dog's progress. For therapy to be effective, it is important to do the exercises regularly. Your dog will gradually get used to the activities and hopefully find pleasure in them.

Step 8: Track progress

I will monitor your dog's progress and adjust the therapy plan if necessary. The goal is to maximise your dog's mobility and quality of life.

Make appointments online

If you are interested in animal physiotherapy for your dog or pet, you can easily make an appointment online. Here you will find all the necessary information and can choose an appointment that fits your schedule. Making an appointment online is easy and convenient and saves you time.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between animal physiotherapy and animal osteopathy?

Is animal physiotherapy only suitable for older dogs?

Is animal physiotherapy painful for the animal?

How many sessions are usually required?

Can I do anything myself to improve my dog's mobility?

Tierphysiotherapie mit Geräten
Animal physiotherapy with equipment

Animal physiotherapy is an amazing form of therapy that can improve the quality of life for our pets. If your dog is in pain, moving slower or needs post-operative care, animal physiotherapy could be the answer. And don't forget, you can make an appointment online to give your furry friend the best care possible.

Janina Hoffmann
Janina Hoffmann
11/09/2023
Ich war heute das erste mal bei Claudia mit meiner französischen Bulldogge Pablo ich bin sehr begeistert sie ist sehr kompetent und weiß wie man mit Hunde umgeht ich bin froh sie gefunden zu haben kann ich nur empfehlen lg Janina und Pablo
Celine Schade
Celine Schade
03/09/2023
Claudia ist eine sehr kompetente, liebenswürdige und fachkundige Person, welche sich mit ganz viel Geduld und Empathie den Tieren nähert. Man hat bei ihr nie das Gefühl ein Patient von vielen zu sein. Man muss auch nie warten und ist immer pünktlich dran. Die Online Terminplanung ist super! Muss man den Termin dann doch mal verschieben, ist das auch kein Problem. Ich gehe mit meinem Hund regelmäßig zur Behandlung und bin immer wieder begeistert.
Bea Scholz
Bea Scholz
22/02/2023
Super super nett .. Nach langer Suche endlich jemand gefunden der komplett ist.. 🤗 So habe ich mir eine Physo vorgestellt für meinen Hund 🐶 🐾
Kerstin ST
Kerstin ST
14/10/2022
Tolle und Professionelle Behandlung meines Hundes. Wer eine gute Physiotherapeutin für sein Haustier in Berlin sucht, ist hier genau richtig!
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