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Veterinary Physiotherapy

My name is Claudine and I am a Chartered Physiotherapist and a CAT A ACPAT (The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) Veterinary Physiotherapist. After qualifying as a human physiotherapist and working privately and within the NHS, I have undertaken two further years of studying to specialise in the assessment and treatment of horses and dogs.

What is veterinary physiotherapy?

Animals, like humans benefit from physiotherapy to help prevent, treat and manage a variety of conditions.  If you have noticed a change in your dogs behaviour or a reluctance to do something that they have previously been able to do (getting in and out of the car, ball catching, stairs etc) or they have recently undergone surgery, then physiotherapy may help.

The main aims of veterinary physiotherapy are:

  • To maintain and restore daily function, mobility and performance in dogs
  • Reduce pain resulting from medical conditions, after surgery, injuries and ageing

What conditions can veterinary physiotherapy help with?

Each dog is an individual. Your first appointment will involve a detailed history taking and examination where I will assess how your dog moves, muscles and joints. From this, I will discuss an appropriate treatment and exercise plan with you. I may teach you specific exercises or massage to do between appointments to help your dog. How many appointments your dog will need will depend on the progress they make and their individual needs.

Common conditions include:-

  • Aches and pains associated with osteoarthritis
  • Following surgery to help with pain, swelling and muscle weakness
  • Neurological conditions
  • Injuries to muscles
  • Addressing obesity and reduced fitness
  • Rehabilitation prior to surgery

Treatments may include:-

  • Pain management including hot and cold therapy, massage, manual techniques, joint manipulation and electrotherapy modalities.
  • Exercises to help increase strength, balance and improve fitness.

How do I refer my dog for physiotherapy?

All dogs must be referred by a vet. I will work alongside your vet while treating your dog and be able to keep them up to date with their progress. Speak to your vet for further information and a referral to Chart Physiotherapy.


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