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"Physio vet were brilliant in the treatment of my old lady Tabitha, some 6 years ago. The treatment for her arthritis gave her visible relief. She was chilled and relaxed and clearly enjoyed thr administration of the treatment. Alas, she went downhill suddenly due to her age. We lost her at 19 and 5 months. I would have no hesitation in visiting with my current cats if and when the need is. " Deb Godfrey Facebook
"The best place for a diagnostic and treatment! Very nice people. Tell you accurately what is wrong with your pet even before you take it through the CT! Very knowledgeable, straight to the point, they have definitely earned my respect and if I have to, I will be going back! " Anna Patus-Sykes Google
"Met Dave yesterday as my dog had an allergic reaction, he knew what to do immediately and taught me what to do next time, really lovely and professional man and a lovely wife thanks again. " Rebecca Wragg Facebook
"Absolutely amazing. Buddy has been attending weekly for around 2 months and I’ve already seen a huge improvement In his hips! He gets so excited there as everyone is so lovely. The team are fabulous." Jessica Waltham Facebook
"David is probably the best canine physiotherapist in Europe." Gemma Del Pueyo Director of Teaching Veterinary Physiotherapy, University of Madrid, Spain.
"Just wanted to say thank you for the excellent service we received on Saturday when you gave Dotti an ‘Agility MOT’ and helped us with the problems she was having. I am pleased to report that she was more relaxed on Saturday evening than she had been for a while." HR. Shropshire Facebook
"Great aspirational staff who want to get your dog back to a good quality of life." Kirstie Ashworth Facebook
"Their absolute professionalism, coupled with an amazing caring ethos." Steve Darling Facebook

Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

Dogs that develop elbow arthritis in middle and older age will usually have had elbow dysplasia as a youngster which may have gone completely unnoticed.

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We are seeing this condition more and more in young dogs and will often still want to play and chase a ball despite having stiffness when rising from rest. Typically young dogs, particularly labradors and bigger breeds are affected. In the early stages, changes in the joint may be minimal. However, the lameness stops for some, whilst in others it progresses. All of the cases will develop elbow arthritis later in life.

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How Do We Manage Elbow Dysplasia?

Clinical examination may show signs such as joint swelling and discomfort on movement of the elbow joint. Diagnosis of elbow dysplasia in dogs is important when it comes to deciding which treatment option is best suited for your pet. X-rays are a good starting point but many X-rays are normal. Sometimes a CT scan and/or elbow arthroscopy (camera in the joint) are needed to confirm the problem.

Sometimes there can be a loose fragment of cartilage in the joint. This can be removed by arthroscopy. Some dogs may need more involved surgeries. Some of these dogs are good candidates for stem cells and regenerative medicine.

All dogs whether they have surgery or not, will go through a comprehensive physiotherapy program including laser, hydrotherapy, exercise and dietary advice to mention just a few techniques.

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