Conditions & Situations

The following are examples of a variety of medical conditions and situations that myotherapy can help with:

  • Ageing or elderly dogs

  • Certain behavioural issues

  • Cruciate ligament issues

  • Degenerative Myelopathy

  • Development of compensatory issues

  • Elbow or Hip Dysplasia

  • General stiffness

  • Maintenance of health & wellbeing

  • Ongoing or intermittent lameness

  • Osteoarthritis/arthritis

  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

  • Overweight/obese dogs & weight loss

  • Post-op & restricted exercise care

  • Puppy development

  • Reduced mobility & slowing down

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Rescue/re-home dogs

  • Sporting/working dog performance

  • Spondylosis

  • Subluxating Patellas

  • Tripawd Dogs

  • Whiplash

Indicators for Using Myotherapy

There are a variety of behavioural and physical changes that your dog may develop, which could indicate an underlying issue. Due to the slow progressive effects of some conditions and a dog's ability to hide pain, sometimes these changes can be very subtle and may go unnoticed until the dog has become clearly lame. If your dog has certain behavioural issues or has an undiagnosed condition and is showing some of the following changes it could be a sign that your dog is uncomfortable and may benefit from myotherapy after a veterinary consultation. Find out how behavioural issues may benefit from Myotherapy here.


This is not an exhaustive list and other newly developed behavioural or physical changes may indicate the onset of a medical condition. If you have serious concerns about your dog's health please contact your vet directly and for further information on any of the listed or other new changes please contact me.

The following changes, particularly in regards to behaviour are not always indicators of a physiological condition and may be a psychological issue. However, it is best to rule out medical conditions before contacting a canine behaviourist or trainer.

Dog slow down unhappy sad old

Character Changes

Has your dog become…?
Aggressive/grumbly around dogs or people
Needy and anxious

Withdrawn or depressed

Have they…?
Started to avoid other dogs or stopped playing with them
Lost interest in playing, working, sporting or competing

Lazy dog miserable wont eat

Behavioural Changes

Does your dog…?
Spend more time sleeping/resting
Excessively chew or lick areas of their body, particularly the feet
Flinch when touched
Eat slower or faster than they use to
Have a different appetite

Wag their tail less

Have a new noise phobia

Poor dog fur coat condition

Physical Changes

Has your dog’s coat…?
Developed abnormal tufts of fur

Lost it’s shine/become dull
Become messy or changed direction

Does your dog have…?
Pink/stained feet
A dry flaky nose
An abnormal body shape
Uneven nail growth

Postural change dog therapy

Postural Changes

Has your dog…?
Started carrying their head or tail low
Become tucked in and short
Stopped weight bearing on certain limbs, indicated by a non-square stance

Developed a curved back

Gait Changes

Does your dog...?
Trip over their own feet
Walk stiffly or unsteady/wobbly
Move in a non-fluid way
Look weird or abnormal when they walk

Dog unable to move doesnt sit properly

Capability Changes

Does your dog…?
Walk slower than they use to

Move whilst urinating/defecating

Stopped going up/down stairs, getting on/off furniture or in/out of the car

Struggle to sit, lie down or stand up

Contraindications to Massage

Although myotherapy is generally suitable for use on most dogs, there are a few circumstances where it should not be used. To ensure myotherapy is right for your dog please disclose any medical concerns you may have before booking an appointment. The following are a few examples of contraindications:

  • After a Severe Accident

  • Bleeding Disorders

  • Certain Heart Conditions

  • Certain Tumours, Lumps & Cancer

  • Clinical Shock

  • Diabetes

  • Diarrhoea & Vomiting

  • Extreme Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Hernias

  • Infectious/Contagious Diseases (E.G. Kennel Cough)

  • Inflammation/Infections

  • No Veterinary Consent

  • Pregnancy

  • Skin Infections

  • Taking Certain Medication

  • New Undiagnosed Conditions/Pain

If any of the following circumstances apply to your dog, please let me know at the point of booking or before treatment as I will have to adapt treatment to avoid them:

  • Broken Bones & Osteoporosis

  • Burns

  • Contusions, Bruising & Oedema

  • New/Recent Injuries

  • Open Wounds/Lesions

  • Post-Operation & Surgical Equipment Presence

  • Sprains & Strains

It is also important to note:

  • Your dog should not be fed 2 hours before & after treatment

  • Excessive exercise/physical activity should be avoided 2 hours before & after treatment

  • Before each appointment, please ensure your dog is well enough, i.e. has not been sick, had diarrhoea or developed any new injuries/illnesses/conditions