Should my pet have physiotherapy?
Our animals can't tell us if they are in pain or have hurt themselves and many are excellent at hiding their discomfort to please their owners. A change in the pet's behaviour or reduced performance can be a result of pain, tight muscles or weakness, or joint stiffness.
What are the benefits of physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy aims to restore flexibility & regain range of movement where movement is restricted and painful. The aim is to restore and maintain health by decreasing pain and by improving movement.
Why does the veterinary surgeon need to be contacted prior to the appointment?
In accordance with The Veterinary Surgery (Exemption) Order of 1962, It allows the treatment of animals by physiotherapy provided that the animal has first been seen by a veterinary surgeon who has diagnosed the condition and decided that it should be treated by physiotherapy under his/her direction.
It is also good practice to liaise with the vet as I can get an insight into the pet's condition to give the highest quality of care to your pet.
What should I expect from the first appointment and treatment?
The initial assessment and treatment can last up to 1hr- 1 1/2 hours. The pet may be stiff for the next 24- 48 hours. I advise at least 3 treatments and if there is no improvement after 3 treatments, then I will refer the pet back to the veterinary surgeon. I may also recommend other treatments available which may work in conjunction with physiotherapy.
What do I need to do before my pet is seen for their 1st physiotherapy appointment?
The pet needs to be dry. If the time of the appointment interferes with your pet's normal eating regime, then please ensure that he/she has a snack/ small meal at least 1 hour before the appointment to avoid being hungry. It is best that the pet is not fed immediately after the treatment.
Please avoid your dog having strenuous exercise (i.e. a long walk, ball chase/ toy play) prior to the physiotherapy appointment. It is ok if you need to take your dog out for 10 minute walk for a pee/poo walk before the appointment, to ensure the dog is settled.
Ensure that has your pet has access to fresh water prior to the appointment.
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