Physiotherapy for companion animals has grown in popularity over the past decade and is now more widely used to provide rehabilitation for animals affected by injury and disease. The purpose of physiotherapy is to aid the body in the return to its normal function, build strength and endurance and help recovery from injury or surgery.
Veterinary physiotherapy can be useful in both the conservative (or non-surgical) management and surgical interventions of orthopaedic and neurological conditions by maintaining and improving function of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Physiotherapy has also proven to be beneficial in the multimodal treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs and can greatly improve their comfort and mobility.
Initial physiotherapy appointments involve a full physical assessment of your pet, Stance Analysis, appropriate treatments (e.g. laser therapy, massage therapy, therapeutic exercises) and last for 90 minutes. We will design a Home Exercise Plan (HEP) as well as discuss their home environment, exercise routines and further treatment.
Follow-up appointments are 30-60 minutes and will involve ongoing assessments, treatment and alterations to your HEP as your pet progresses.
Veterinary referral forms and full clinical history are required before any treatment begins, and regular reports may be sent to your referring veterinary surgeon to keep them up to date.