Will Physiotherapy Help My Pet?
Veterinary physiotherapy can benefit all types of pets. In this article, the experts at Physio-Vet will answer the questions:
- Will physiotherapy help my pet?
- What are the benefits of physiotherapy for pets?
- What kind of physiotherapy exercises will be used?
- If my pet is insured, is it possible to claim for the cost of physiotherapy?
- I think my pet might benefit from physiotherapy – so what next?
Animal physiotherapists provide specialist treatments for animals that help in reducing pain, increasing the range of movement in limbs and joints and lessening the impact or effects of certain injuries, aiding in their recovery or improving their quality of life.
Physiotherapy treatment can improve the wellbeing of a wide variety of domestic animals suffering from all kinds of health issues – from neurological conditions to soft tissue damage.
Horses, dogs and cats are the animals that most commonly receive physiotherapy, but almost any pet can benefit. The veterinary surgeons, veterinary physiotherapists and veterinary nurses at Physio-Vet are highly trained in veterinary medicine and can look back over many years of experience.
Read on to find out how physiotherapy can help your pet, what the benefits of treatment are, what they involve and how to get started.
Will physiotherapy help my pet?
Animal physiotherapy is a scientifically approved practice, which means that the techniques used by these specialists have been proven to work.
Your pet may benefit from physiotherapy if it:
- Has recently undergone surgery to fix a damaged limb or joint
- Suffers from arthritis, hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia
- Is experiencing spinal problems
- Struggles with reduced mobility
- Experiences muscle spasms, muscle tightness or has muscle knots
- Has damaged nerves or ligaments
What are the benefits of physiotherapy for pets?
Not only may physiotherapy help to reduce physical discomfort for your pet, but it may also help to prevent more serious health problems later on. For example, if your dog suffers from arthritis in one joint, the other joints may experience wear and tear as a result of compensating.
A physiotherapist can help to treat the initial problem, thereby improving the dog’s long-term quality of life.
Physiotherapy can also assist your pet’s recovery from surgery or injury, helping the two of you to get back to enjoying your time together. It can slow down the progression of long-term conditions, too.
The team working at Physio-Vet are all highly qualified professionals with additional qualifications in orthopaedics, physiotherapy, rehabilitation and nutrition.
What kind of veterinary physiotherapy exercises will be used?
There are a number of specific exercises that are commonly employed, but the exact range of treatment and exercise programmes will depend on the specialists you choose.
At Physio-Vet, our veterinary staff use a range of techniques, including massage, acupuncture, underwater treadmill sessions, laser and ultrasound treatments, electrical muscle stimulation and shockwave therapy.
We’ll also work with your pet on a range of physical movements that will improve their joint flexibility and general physical health.
If my pet is insured, is it possible to claim for the cost of physiotherapy?
Most treatments carried out at Physio-Vet are covered by the majority of pet insurance companies. However, it is definitely advisable to check with your provider before taking any action, as types of cover may vary between insurance companies.
I think my pet might benefit from physiotherapy – so what next?
In order to try out a physiotherapy session, you should firstly make contact with a veterinary professional and book an appointment.
If you are seeking postoperative rehabilitation for your pet, take a look here first for further information about our practices.
We want every animal to live a long, happy life that is free from discomfort, so we’ll provide your pet with the best possible treatment and rehabilitation services.