This is the story of Rosie, the Labrador Retriever, who managed to avoid intense and expensive surgery thanks to canine physiotherapy and a rehabilitation plan.

When Rosie was only 18 months old, her owners noticed that she became lame in her right hind leg following walks. On examination, her vet discovered that her stifle (knee) caused pain when moved. X-Rays didn’t show any obvious cause. It was determined that she was suffering a Cruciate Tear, also know as a CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) Rupture. With Rosie not being insured like many dogs, the owners decided not to put Rosie through expensive surgery. Instead, they opted to proceed with conservative care management with physiotherapy. At Petffisio, Rosie began an intensive programme stretching over 12 weeks for her rehabilitation plan and weekly physiotherapy sessions.

The outcome was fantastic for Rosie! She not only avoided surgery but went on to make a full recovery and is back to playing on Pembray beach, Carmarthenshire in West Wales, with her brother Max.

Rosie’s story is testament to the real difference professional physiotherapy for dogs and a solid rehabilitation plan can achieve for our pets.

Find out more about Petffisio’s physiotherapy for dogs, horses, and cats here.

Our cats are happiest when they are free to explore. But this freedom to roam and explore comes with its own risks.

Truffles was found a day after she was hit by a car outside her home. She was rushed to the vets, where the owners were given the prognosis of her losing her left hind leg. She had already lost the nails on all four of her paws.

Thankfully, X-Ray results showed no significant damage to the bone – only soft tissue trauma to the leg. She was sent home after her leg was repaired and stitched up.

But now Truffles had 6 challenging months ahead to gradually regain full function of the leg. At Petffisio, this was achieved using physiotherapy and exercises, laser therapy and PMFT (Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy) for pain management. After a year, Truffles now has no lameness and all the ligaments and structures have repaired and she is now a happy curious cat once again!

If you’d like to learn more about physiotherapy for cats at Petffisio, you can do so by following this link.


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  • Julia Hewerdine 3 years ago

    Excellent knowledge and treatment of my horses. I have used Rosy to both improve performance and to assist in injury recovery. In both circumstances the treatment given played a vital role in the outcome. Her knowledge is excellent, explaining as she went and left us with exercises to assist further. Thoroughly recommend.

  • alexandra smith 3 years ago

    Fantastic service from Rosy, she has been working with our Border Collie for some months who had a soft tissue shoulder injury. Our dog has now fully recovered. As she is a Flyball Dog she will be fit to resume her athletic life when Covid restrictions lift. We will be continuing to use Rosy's services monthly to ensure that our pet stays well. We would have not hesitation in recommending Rosy to anyone

  • Deborah K 2 years ago

    Rosy did a full assessment on our young active dobermann P, and specifically with regards to her movement for mantrailing and canicross. Rosy checked how she moved in general and also in each of her harnesses.. P is over enthusiastic at the best of times, in fact she is a total nutter... but Rosy has a fab calm approach which really helps to settle her and get her to focus. She also wasn't put off by 36kg of muddy dobe saying hi at eye level! Rosy keeps it simple...explains the cause and how it affects movement...goes over each exercise clearly in the session. We also really like the back up email summary which we print off and use as our daily checklist. Brill for those of us with a memory like a sieve. P has shown a big improvement after the first session, and the different treatments Rosy used. We are really enjoying fitting the exercises in to our routines at home...they seem to tire her brain out too, which is an added bonus. Very happy to have found Rosy...and have already recommended to a friend!

  • Mandy Colbourne 3 years ago

    Pip once again, overstretched on an old injury and I noticed he was lame on Tuesday. On Thursday Rosy saw him and treated him and within 24 hours his gait was back to normal.. Exercise regime given by email and instructions on how to proceed for the next 2 weeks. Excellent service, prompt, reliable and an expert when it comes to handling all animals. Highly recommended without hesitation.

  • vicky edwards 3 years ago

    Cannot recommend Rosy highly enough!! Fantastic treatments for my horses- they always love her massages! Very professional, excellent advice on what I need to do in between appointments.

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