Appointments 

We provide a fully mobile physiotherapy service which allows us to assess your dog or cat in the comfort of their own home reducing the need for unnecessary car journeys for pets which are recovering from surgery or injury which may find this experience uncomfortable or painful. Many pets find trips to the vets stressful, by visiting your home, your pet will be more relaxed, and the physiotherapy treatment will be more effective.

  

However, if your pet is undergoing a period of hospitalisation and would benefit from physiotherapy whilst in the Veterinary Hospital then we can lease with your Veterinary team to assess and treat your pet whilst in the hospital and incorporate a treatment plan into their nursing care.

Please contact us if you would like to make an appointment, but all animals must be referred by a veterinary surgeon before being seen for a physiotherapy assessment.

Appointments are available between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday 

Prices

Initial consultation (1.5 hours) £50 

Follow up consultation (1 hour) £35 

Payment is expected at time of treatment.

 

Card, cash, cheques and BACS payments accepted. 

A 24hr cancellation notice is required.

Insurance

Many Insurance policies will cover for physiotherapy treatment, please check your policy with your insurance company before booking an appointment to ensure your insurance company covers physiotherapy costs. If your pets physiotherapy treatment is covered through insurance we still ask for payment at time of treatment which you can then claim back from your insurance company.  

                                      What to expect 

Your first physiotherapy session will take up to 1.5 hours and will start with gaining a full understanding of your animal and their condition. This time also allows your pet to become accustomed and relaxed to my presence within their house and a chance to observe their movements at rest.

 

For dogs you will then be asked to walk and trot your dog outside preferably on hard ground, this allows an assessment of your dog's gait to see how it can be improved. Videos and photographs may also be taken to make a comparison of their progress throughout their treatment. 

 

After we undertake a full physical assessment of your pet requering palpation of the bones, joints and muscles, joint range of motion is tested, and other neurological and orthopaedic examinations are conducted as necessary. Pain responses will also be noted at this stage.

 

We will then commence to the treatment which may consist of massage, joint range of motion, stretching, hot and cold therapy and depending on the patients ability some exercises may be prescribed. Throughout the treatment session you may be shown how to perform some of the techniques which you can then continue with until the follow up session. 

 

Throughout the session, you may be required to move and handle your pet, comfort and reassure them and provide them with food or treats as need. If you may have difficulty providing this, then please let us know when you book your appointment, it may be necessary for someone else to be present who can assist with various treatment exercises.

 

Following the session, a customised treatment plan is provided for your pets needs. Please be aware that many animals may appear stiff, sore or lethargic after their treatment and may require lighter exercise for the next few days following their treatment, this is normal and allows the body to adjust to the treatment given and is followed by positive changes. 

 

Follow up sessions are typically required and time intervals between treatments will depend on the patient and the condition being treated. Further treatment sessions usually are 1 hour long to allow reassessment and treatment of your pet. 

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