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Can Veterinary Physiotherapy Benefit my Pet?

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

I am sure some of you are wondering what veterinary physiotherapy is and what the benefits are so I will hopefully provide some answers for you and have you feeling informed after reading this blog!

Veterinary Physiotherapy is a profession which is science-based this means we as therapists will only use research proven methods to treat your animal. As a Veterinary Physiotherapist I will use research in order to produce bespoke holistic treatment plans for each patient following veterinary referral and I will conduct a full assessment prior to conducting the appropriate treatment based on my findings and their medical history. As a Veterinary Physiotherapist I will work alongside your pet's veterinary surgeons and other multidisciplinary teams (MDT) such as chiropractors, massage therapist and hydrotherapists etc to provide the best possible care and outcomes for the animal. So thats what Veterinary Physiotherapy is in a nutshell. Now lets look at the benefits!

There is endless benefits of Veterinary Physiotherapy. Veterinary Physiotherapy can aid the rehabilitation of orthopaedic, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. For example:

- Osteoarthritis, spondylosis, fractures, cruciate ligament rupture, dislocations, hip and elbow dysplasia, luxating Patellas, OCD

- Strains, sprains, inflammation, tension, pain, muscle wastage

-Degenerative disc disease (IVDD), ataxia (wobbliness), nerve damage, weakness and paralysis

-Scar healing and reduce infection

Veterinary physiotherapy can be used as part of preparation for surgery and following surgery as well as maintenance of long-term conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA) by:

  • Reducing pain and inflammation

  • Improving movement

  • Improving the recovery rate

However, veterinary physiotherapy can also be used to improve performance and minimise injuries in competition animals such as agility, flyball, canicross and showing and working animals.

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