Pet physiotherapy services for cats and dogs are a rapidly growing veterinary sector, as both vets and owners begin to realise the benefits of physiotherapy for musculoskeletal, neurological and age related changes in pets.
With advancements in surgical techniques, and orthopaedic treatment for conditions such as elbow and hip dysplasia and disk degeneration now commonplace, the use of Animal Physiotherapy pre and post-operatively has been proven to enhance the patient's outcome.
My pet physiotherapy services are completely mobile, so there is no need to move the patient from the home environment, or vet's surgery until they are ready and comfortable. Dogs and cats are usually much more relaxed at home enabling a much fuller treatment to be conducted and reducing their stress levels considerably.
Pre-surgical treatments help to lengthen and strengthen soft tissues which become contracted with underuse of a limb. Addressing this pre-surgery ensures that permanent contracture doesn't result, and helps the patient to retain and regain full movement post surgery. Animal physiotherapy can be very effective in providing pain relief immediately post surgery and during the rehabilitation process, and post surgical rehabilitiation can cover a miriad of possible areas such as rebuilding strength, mobility, or re-educating correct gait patterns.
The neurological patient finds immense benefit from physiotherapy techniques to support the muscles and joints whilst the patient is unable to actively move these areas, and the application of sensory stimuli can be used to reawaken neurological pathways and assist in regaining proprioceptive capability.
Age related changes creep up on our dogs and cats all too rapidly, and physiotherapy is an excellent way of ensuring that the effects of these changes are kept in check for as long as possible.
Signs that your dog or cat may benefit from Pet Physiotherapy are;
- Had recent surgery?
- Had an injury or accident?
- Lost the ability to jump into the car or onto a high surface?
- Developed difficulty going up or down stairs?
- Lost enthusiasm for playing and running?
- Become stiff or weak?
- Shown signs of tenderness to touch?
- Developed an unexplainable behavioral problem?
- Become sad or grumpy?