A veterinary column by Thameswood Vets
What is Veterinary physiotherapy?
Veterinary Physiotherapy uses non-invasive, evidence-based therapies that are tailored to your pet to improve soft tissue flexibility, performance, post-operative recovery and management of arthritis. It can be used in conjunction with veterinary medicine or other non-invasive therapies such as K-Laser.
Methods used include massage, stretches and equipment to promote desired movements such as balance or limb extensions. Each pet is different so your veterinary physiotherapist will work with you, your pet and your vet to create a treatment plan.
Benefits of veterinary physiotherapy
There are a wide range of benefits including:
- Reducing pain
- Maintaining and or increasing joint range of motion
- Increases soft tissue flexibility
- Aids post-operative recovery
- Increase core stability
- Increases muscle strength and quality
- Increase limb weight bearing
Conditions that can benefit
- Neurological conditions
- Cruciate rupture/tear
- Elbow/Hip dysplasia
- Patellar luxation
Getting your pet booked in
It’s important when considering veterinary physiotherapy that you seek an approved therapist so a good place to start is the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists. All members have completed qualifications ranging from undergraduate bachelor's degree to a master’s degree.
A veterinary physiotherapist will always require your vet’s approval in order to begin treatment so ensure you speak to your vet first.
At Thameswood we have the pleasure of working with Chloe Robison BSc (Hons), PgD, MNVAP from Evolution Vet Physio who works alongside our clinical team offering physiotherapy. As physiotherapy complements your pet’s recovery and health it is something that is often covered as part of your pets insurance.