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Looking After Your Back When Looking After Your Dog.

By Michelle Monk / February 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Most of us will suffer from back pain at one time or another, but if you are having to lift, or move your dog, help it to stand or walk during recovery, or as they age, then you are increased risk of injuring yourself. As physiotherapists we are interested in not only rehabilitating your dog,…

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How do I choose the correct Harness for my Dog?

By Michelle Monk / February 16, 2017 / 0 Comments

This is a question we get asked at least once per day at Dogs In Motion. Choosing a harness that suits you and your dog is no mean feat! There are different harnesses for different purposes- and some suit some dogs and their owners better than others. Most of the harnesses we recommend and sell…

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Tips For Keeping Your Dog Amused During Confinement

By Michelle Monk / February 6, 2017 / 0 Comments

One of the biggest issues for owners and their dogs after injury or surgery can be the confinement that’s required to allow the body part to heal. For most soft or bony tissue injuries or surgeries, there will be a minimum of 8 weeks exercise restriction to allow the tissues time to rest and heal,…

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Will my dog’s muscles go back to normal by themselves after injury or surgery?

By Michelle Monk / October 19, 2015 / 1 Comment

Answer: NO THEY WON’T! This is such a common question I am asked during a physiotherapy session with a canine patient. It is a common misconception that muscles just grow back to normal size by themselves after injury or surgery. Unfortunately for the patients, this is just NOT the case. Muscle Atrophy Muscle atrophy, or…

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Acupuncture for your Dog- Get the Facts

By Michelle Monk / September 8, 2015 / 0 Comments

Guest Post by Vet Acupuncturist Dr Sara Baldey What Is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is an ancient branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It has been used in both people and animals for thousands of years.  Acupuncture utilises the body’s own ability to heal itself to establish health and balance in the patient. This is mediated through the…

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Don't Let Arthritis Cramp Your Dog's Style – Part 2

By Michelle Monk / March 14, 2015 / 0 Comments

Top Tips to Beat Arthritis This is the second blog in the series on top tips to help your dog beat arthritis. Arthritis does not only affect older dogs. If we over-exercise our dogs, or if they carry excessive weight, or have had a joint injury or surgery, even as a young dog, then chances…

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Don't Let Arthritis Cramp Your Dog's Style – Part 1

By Michelle Monk / February 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

Top Tips to Beat Arthritis As an animal physiotherapist, arthritis in dogs is one of the most common problems I see. Arthritis doesn’t discriminate. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and age groups can be affected. For many it is as a result of an injury or surgery to a joint. For others it can…

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Wheelchairs for Dogs: When should you consider one?

By Michelle Monk / January 19, 2015 / 0 Comments

Wheelchairs for dogs have really improved in recent years and there are many more brands to choose from now. These can be a great addition to your dog’s recovery from surgery or injury; and for some dogs whose rear limbs don’t work well (but the rest of their body is fine) they can be life changing,…

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Do Dogs Have Strokes Like Humans?

By Michelle Monk / February 13, 2013 / 0 Comments

This is a very common question I am asked when treating physiotherapy patients at Dogs In Motion. The answer to this question is indeed ‘yes’ however dogs do not have strokes as humans do. This is mainly because the normal causes of a stroke in people such as high blood pressure or high stress levels…

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Green Lipped Muscle Powder- Is It Any Good For Dogs With Arthritis?

By Michelle Monk / October 31, 2012 / 0 Comments

At Dogs In Motion, owners of arthritic dogs often seek advice regarding appropriate dietary supplements. Most will have received advice regarding the use of glucosamine or fish oils but more recently green lipped mussel (GLM) has come into vogue. So what is the evidence for the use of GLM in arthritic dogs? GLM is known…

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