Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Seasons Greetings From Animal Physiotherapy Ltd

It has been an amazing year here!

We have meet and treated many new patients and helped many wonderful owners through some tough times. We are so pleased to have met so many wonderful dogs, cats and rabbits.

This year has been busy and exciting. Along with seeing our patient’s and ensuring they get the best treatment possible, we have been busy teaching and spreading the world of physiotherapy for animals.

We spoke at the Excel in London at the Animal Rehab expo to teach other therapists about all the options available in treating arthritis and how to work with all the other members of the team that will be looking after that patient.

We travelled to Denmark to teach nurses rehabilitation.

We lectured for Justo Development to cover their small animal rehabilitation module.

We also successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to film a puppy massage DVD that will be shared with the world next year.

This is our 10th Year of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd and we are proud to have made it a good one. We may even be on BBC London Radio on Christmas Eve, so keep your ears open if you can!

We have big plans for the future, and we will keep you posted as it happens, but we will never stop the personal care we like to give to all the patients that need our help.

Have a wonderful time this Christmas and enjoy your New Year celebrations.

Best Wishes


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Welcome to Baily


Hello and welcome to Baily!

We have met Baily before when he came for a luxury massage, but we know the family well as we have now treated all the dogs!

Baily now needs help for his poorly hips. He has hip dysplasia but as his mum has been taking him to hydrotherapy all his life, there was no sign of this until he was 10 years old!

At 11 and a half years old he now needs a little more help as the hips are also arthritic.

So we have started him on a physio plan with some home excercises. 

Im pleased to say his mild symptoms are already resolved so let hope we can keep it that way with good management.

Keep up the good work Baily and mum!

Welcome to Molly


Hello and welcome to Molly!

This beautiful labradorite collie cross reminds me of my parents dog! She is very sweet.

She is now suffering osteoarthritis so her owners have brought her to us to get some help. This issue may also be complicated by cruciate disease.

We have identified her weaknesses and we are working on a home care plan to relieve it.

So far the owners are really on board and the results are already really positive. After only one session they are already reporting improvement.

Good luck molly and parents! Keep up the good work!

Scientists think DNA is the reason why Smaller dogs live longer than big ones!

Scientists think DNA is the reason why Smaller dogs live longer than big ones!

DNA study sheds light on lifespan mystery

This scientific update is courtesy of the MRCVS online

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Until now, biologists have not been able to explain why the larger animals in a species tend to have shorter lives.

Scientists find out why bigger may not be better

A new discovery could explain why larger individuals in a species tend to have shorter life spans.

Until now, biologists have been unable to explain why the larger animals in a species tend to have shorter lives - great Danes, for example, generally have shorter lives than Jack Russells.

A recent study of humans also found that taller people are more prone to diseases such as cancer.

But scientists from Glasgow and Norway now believe the answer is in the way DNA linked to ageing and lifespan changes with body size.

Telomeres are special DNA structures that all animals have at the end of their chromosomes. They are described as 'the protective plastic caps at the end of shoelaces'.

When the research team studied a population of wild house sparrows on the island on Leka in Norway, they found that the skeletally bigger house sparrows had shorter telomeres.

Telomeres erode over time and this shortening has been associated with ageing and disease. Individuals with naturally longer telomeres appear to have an advantage when it comes to health and ageing.

"Growing a bigger body means that cells have to divide more," explained Professor Pat Monaghan, regius chair of zoology at the University of Glasgow. "As a result, telomeres become eroded faster and cells and tissues function less well as a result.

"The reason why the bigger individuals have shorter telomeres might also be related to increased DNA damage due to growing faster."

Welcome to Leo


Hello and welcome to Leo!

This lovely bug boy has the sadly too common problem of osteoarthritis. He has amazing owners though. They have had a long path of caring immensily for him and they have seen multiple specialists for treatment to help him.

Now he has come to us for help too.

We are so pleased to be part of his care program. Have done our assessment there are some things to do to improve Leo's body and pain level. So we have given the owner a new home excerise regime. We will see him again in  week to see how he gets on.

Good luck Leo and dad!