Animal Physiotherapy

Animal Physiotherapy is an important component of the treatment of many conditions in the small animal patient.

Our programs are aimed at accelerating the rehabilitation process and restoring function and quality of life to your pet.

Our expertise includes:

  • Orthopaedic injuries and surgeries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Spinal injuries and surgeries
  • Chronic conditions such as arthritis
  • Custom orthotics and prosthetics

 

The Process

On your pet’s initial visit, we will perform a thorough assessment, and combine this with any information provided in the veterinary referral, to determine which body parts are affected and the impact this has on the overall pet’s mobility and function. We will then discuss our findings with you, and with your input, devise goals of treatment and a rehabilitation plan that suits your individual pet’s needs. From here we can select a variety of treatments to use to get your pet on the road to recovery.

 

Treatments

Treatments we provide may include:

  • Soft tissue and joint mobilisations
  • Soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening activities
  • Movement re-education
  • Balance and proprioception re-training
  • Electrotherapy including neuromuscular electrical stimulation and laser
  • Heat and ice treatment
  • Dry needling
  • Custom orthotics and prosthetics
  • Prescription bedding
  • Assistive harnesses
  • Wheelchairs
  • Hydrotherapy
Home advice and exercise programs

In conjunction with treatment provided in the clinic, we want to ensure your pet continues to work towards their rehabilitation goals while at home. Your pet’s physiotherapist will provide you with a comprehensive home exercise and walking program including guidelines for exercise restrictions.

 

Regular reassessments

It’s utmost that your pet checks in with their physiotherapist regularly. Following up with your pet’s progress updating their home exercise program is essential to reach their goals faster.

 

 

When Should Physiotherapy Start?

Physiotherapy should start as soon as possible after injury, surgery or diagnosis. Gentle movement and techniques to reduce pain early after injury or surgery can actually stimulate healing, help reduce pain, swelling and stiffness, reduce muscle atrophy and degeneration of cartilage, bone and ligament.

 

 

Veterinary Referral

All patients require a veterinary referral prior to their first appointment. This is important to make sure your dog has a correct diagnosis, all relevant tests and investigations have been performed and any medical or surgical treatment that is required is administered. Liaison with your pet’s vet to ensure continuity of care and ensure any specific rehabilitation requirements are essential.