How can a Musculoskeletal Consultation help my dog ? 

Is your dog limping, having difficulty moving or just not as active as usual?

Then ask us about our Musculoskeletal consultations for dogs.

A Musculoskeletal Consultation also called a MSK exam is performed by vets with specific expertise and further training in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal (muscles and spine) conditions in dogs and cats.

This clinical examination is focused on the musculoskeletal body system only.

It’s no different than say Osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors in the human world focusing on these same areas.Musculoskeletal Consultations for Dogs

In our practice these vets are certified in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine or are studying towards their certification.

Their role is to accurately identify the primary areas of concern and use targeted diagnostics (usually imaging of some kind) to identify the cause of lameness or pain.

In this consultation we may discuss different options for further diagnostics or even surgery depending on what we find.

A physical examination of your pet can only tell us so much without seeing what’s on the inside.

Further diagnostics that may be recommended include X-rays. Ultrasound, CT or MRI.

This consultation can be extended to a longer assessment if we are dealing with multiple areas of concern. (Time allocated 30 minutes or One hour)

What is a Rehabilitation Assessment? 

A rehabilitation assessment for dogs is the first step to designing and entering a rehabilitation program.

We perform a nose to tail examination to identify primary and secondary issues that need to be addressed and targeted through a rehabilitation program. 

Because of this it is a much longer consultation (90 minutes) and includes a rehabilitation program designed specifically for your pet’s condition.

Further diagnostics may be needed as your dog moves through the program to ensure they get the most benefit out of the program. 

All rehab programs include both in clinic rehabilitation sessions and at home exercises.  

Can’t I just treat my pet with medications?

Yes you can. Many musculoskeletal conditions are managed through long term medications however most only help to manage the pain and inflammation.

Our aim is to reach your dog’s full healing potential by applying the most appropriate therapies.

We find that many pet parents nowadays are looking for more natural solutions to their pet’s health issues to include arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions & injuries.

As a result, these “focused” consultation types are becoming more and more popular with pet owners.

What kind of therapies do we use in a Rehabilitation Program?

The goal of any rehabilitation program is to restore mobility and manage quality of life for pets of all ages.

For sporting dogs the goal is to keep them in peak performance condition.

We offer a range of therapies in our rehab programs to include:

How to book a Musculoskeletal consultation?

These consults are booked through our rehab team or concierge as they are very vet specific.

If you need more information about these consultations and how we can help your dog with all kinds of musculoskeletal issues, please call us or email our rehab team directly at: rehabteam@thevetpractice.com.au

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