Craig Dobson Physiotherapy


Keep your pet happy and healthy after injury or surgery by undertaking a course of physiotherapy.
Referrals will be taken by animal physiotherapist Rebecca Heald, Mcsp, ACPAT Cat A

Physiotherapy is essential in the prevention, cure and rehabilitation of many conditions.

Following soft tissue injuries, trauma, surgery and for developmental and degenerative conditions, physiotherapy is used widely to accelerate the rehabilitation process and restore function. Physiotherapy aims to restore proper movement, strength and function, reduce pain, swelling and inflammation and accelerate the healing and rehabilitation process.

When should physiotherapy commence?

Physiotherapy should commence soon after the injury or surgery, but this doesn’t mean strenuous exercise! Gentle movement and techniques reduce pain early after injury or surgery stimulate healing, help reduce swelling, stiffness and muscle atrophy and rehabilitate movement and function.

Many of the complications due to immobilisation or limited exercise in the first few weeks can be prevented if physiotherapy commences early.

Physiotherapy rehabilitation

On the first visit, a full assessment will be carried out, the dog will receive treatment and a rehabilitation plan will be given specific to the dogs needs.

Many factors are considered when designing a rehabilitation program and deciding which particular therapies will be suitable for each dog. These include age, temperament, type of injury and time since injury, any pre-existing conditions and the previous lifestyle or occupation of the dog.

Home programs are provided to all physiotherapy clients to enable rehabilitation to be continued on a daily basis and give owners skills to assist their pet’s recovery.

Treatment techniques include:

  • Soft tissue and joint mobilisations
  • Massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Movement re-education, Balance and proprioception re-training
  • Electrotherapy including neuromuscular electrical Stimulation and LASER
    Splinting, taping

Conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy include:

  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Patella luxation
  • Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia
  • Joint replacement
  • Multi – trauma / fractures
  • Spondylosis of the spine
  • Arthritis / degenerative conditions
  • Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
  • Corrective orthopaedic surgery
  • Deteriorating mobility
  • Joint contractures and deformities
  • Spinal surgery or Spinal disc disease
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism
  • ‘Wobblers’ syndrome (cervical vertebral malformation).
  • Nerve palsies or injuries
  • Congenital Degenerative Myelopathy


Our experienced team of veterinarians and nurses can carry out a range of procedures in an ever-growing number of disciplines. From internal medicine to complex surgical procedures, we have the knowledge and the expertise to get your pet back on all four paws.

Identifying various heart diseases, murmurs and arrhythmias.

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Our cutting edge on-site 16 slice Toshiba CT scanner can be used to explore a variety skeletal, abdominal and oncological issues.

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We can diagnose and treat a vast range of skin, hair, ear and nail diseases using our cutting edge facilities and knowledge.

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At Moorview we have the facilities to use up to date diagnostic imaging equipment and techniques to aid in diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of diseases.

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Our experienced team of practitioners can diagnose and treat all manner of internal ailments and diseases.

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The mobile MRI scanner is fully equipped for magnetic resonance imaging on animals, helping to determine and treat musculoskeletal problems, cognitive issues and brain diseases.

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At Moorview we aim to combine the latest therapies from surgery and medicine to treat pets affected by cancer.

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We can help to care for your pets’ eyesight, and our facilities make it possible to perform ocular surgery where necessary.

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We can perform surgery on joints and fractures, as well as operating on dysplasias and limb deformities.

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Keep your pet healthy following injury or surgery with a course of physiotherapy.

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Our highly experienced veterinarians can perform ENT, thoracic, urogenital, abdominal and colorectal surgeries, to name but a few.

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