Why does my pet need physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy can help animals with a variety of conditions. Animals that have recently had orthopaedic surgery or neurosurgery can benefit greatly from physiotherapy treatment. It can help with keeping older pets comfortable and mobile and also aid conditioning for more active, sporting dogs.

My pet hasn’t had surgery; can they still have physiotherapy?

Absolutely! Physiotherapy is great for post-operative conditions, osteoarthritis, sports conditioning, preventative therapy and generally keeping your pet comfortable and happy.

How many appointments will my pet need?

This will completely depend on your pet and their condition. Your therapist will discuss a treatment plan for your pet, and develop a home exercise plan for you and your pet. They will also discuss relevant treatment goals and timeframes with you. Sticking to your pet’s rehabilitation plan will help with speeding up their recovery or progress!

Do I need veterinary referral before physiotherapy treatment starts?

Yes. The Veterinary Surgeons Act, 1966 requires that any veterinary physiotherapist obtain consent from a referring veterinary surgeon prior to any treatment. Your pet should have been seen by their vet for the condition that they have been referred for. Full clinical history for your pet will also be requested at the time of referral.

How do I get veterinary referral?

You can ask your vet directly, and give them a physiotherapy referral form (which can be found here). Alternatively, you can contact us directly to obtain referral from your vet on your behalf. Full clinical history for your pet will also be requested at the time of referral.

How do I book a physiotherapy appointment for my pet?

You can either call us on 07851303366 or email ellis@fourpawsfitness.co.uk to book your pet in for their appointment.

How long do appointments last?

Initial appointments range from 60-90 minutes, depending on your pet and their condition. Initial appointments are longer to allow your pet to get used to their new surroundings and their new therapist! Follow up sessions can range from 30-60 minutes. Appointments may involve a combination of laser therapy, massage therapy, therapeutic exercises and Vetkin taping.

Is physiotherapy covered by my pet insurance policy?

Most insurance policies now include cover for complementary therapies, such as physiotherapy and laser therapy. We are more than happy to complete and submit insurance forms, but unfortunately cannot process direct claims at this time. Please check with your insurance provider for more information.