Veterinary physiotherapy is beneficial for dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. They can be from a family home, working or sporting home - your dog will be very grateful for some veterinary physiotherapy. Although dogs seem happy all the time, they may actually be in discomfort or pain and so it is beneficial to have a veterinary physiotherapist to assess them.


We also provide the same service for cats as we understand cats deserve just as much love and attention as dogs.

WHAT TO EXPECT

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A veterinary referral is needed before the veterinary physiotherapist treats the animal in accordance with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Please ensure you have completed a veterinary referral form beforehand.
Initial assessments usually take 1 hour 30 minutes and then follow up sessions 1 hour.


Assessment techniques:

  • Static assessment
  • Dynamic assessment
  • Range of motion of the joints
  • Palpation 

Through this assessment the veterinary physiotherapist uses their extensive knowledge and training to implement treatment techniques and a tailored rehabilitative exercise plan. 

DOES MY DOG NEED VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY?

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Veterinary physiotherapy is very beneficial for all dogs. Dogs being dogs can injure themselves when playing, on a walk or just from jumping onto the sofa. Veterinary physiotherapy is necessary for dogs of all ages, even if it is to just maintain good health or to slow down degeneration. 


However, these signs may suggest an immediate need for veterinary physiotherapy:

  • Lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Abnormal gait (hopping, swaying etc.)
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Change in their behaviour
  • Difficulty getting up from lying down
  • Reduced level of activity
  • Sitting crooked (with one leg to the side or leaning against something)
  • Resistance to activity like walking
  • Scraping nails/paws on floor when walking
  • Pulling up or refusing a jump

WHAT CAN VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPY ACHIEVE?

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Veterinary physiotherapy helps to treat a range of musculoskeletal problems but can also help prevent future injuries, through strengthening structures. The main focus is to alleviate pain and help the animal feel pain free, strong and comfortable.


Veterinary physiotherapy can help:

  • Wound healing
  • Soft tissue healing and strengthening
  • Tendon/ligament damage
  • Reduce pain
  • Arthritis
  • Neurological conditions/problems
  • Luxating patella
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate disease
  • Fracture repair

Your animal's welfare is our priority, our main aim is for your animal to lead a happy and healthy life for as long as possible.

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