Frequently Asked Questions
WOULD MY ANIMAL BENEFIT FROM PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy include:
> Musculoskeletal issues e.g. soft tissues injuries, muscle strain
> Neurological conditions e.g. IVDD, FCE, CSM
> Post-surgery rehabilitation e.g. CCL repair, femoral head osteotomy, ISLD etc
> Orthopaedic conditions e.g. Osteoarthritis, hip and/or elbow dysplasia, CCL damage, ODSP, proximal suspensory desmitis etc.
Many animals can benefit from physiotherapy treatment to keep them in peak physical condition and prevent small issues from becoming serious problems. There are a multitude of signs that may indicate your animal could benefit from a physiotherapy session.
For dogs these include:
- a reduction in performance (e.g. knocking jumps in agility, struggling with weaves etc.)
- unwillingness partake in activities they would normally find easy (e.g. stairs, jumping in and out of car, chasing sticks or jumping on/off a bed)
- a change in behaviour (towards humans or other dogs in the house e.g. a sudden dislike to being handled or picked up)
- struggling on walks (inability to go as far and not as keen to go full stop)
For horses these include:
- a reduction in performance (e.g. refusing or knocking jumps or struggling on a particular canter lead)
- behavioural changes (e.g. bucking, rearing, napping etc.)
- unwillingness to be caught, tacked up or brushed
- areas of pigmentation or hair loss in saddle bearing area of back
- general coat changes
If uncertain if your animal could benefit from physiotherapy, please feel free to call to discuss your animals needs.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS SHOULD A VETERINARY PHYSIOTHERAPIST HAVE?
There are currently 11 establishments in the UK that offer varying levels of Veterinary Physiotherapy training. Level 7 is the highest level qualification available so if you are looking for the uppermost level of treatment for your animal make sure to do research into the qualifications your therapist has. All therapists should also be regulated by a professional body such as RAMP or IRVAP with relevant insurance.
WHY DO I HAVE TO CONTACT MY VET IN ORDER FOR MY ANIMAL TO HAVE A PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSESSMENT?
Legally all complementary therapists (vet physios, chiropractors, massage therapists etc) for animals must work under veterinary referral. This requires a consent form to be signed by your Veterinary Surgeon authorising the treatment and outlining any relevant history. Be wary of any therapist who works without this consent.