Another part of the service we offer at North West Veterinary Specialists is Physiotherapy.
Our physiotherapy service is provided by ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) Chartered Physiotherapists. This means that our physiotherapists have initially qualified within the human field and then undertaken further qualifications to transfer these skills to the veterinary field. You can be assured that all our therapists comply with the highest standards and demonstrate specialist knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, pathology and physiology.
Much like people, animals respond well to physiotherapy. We aim to make sure that your pet makes the best recovery possible. Every pet undergoes a detailed assessment of their condition to allow a tailored plan to be made. We use a variety of techniques from manual therapy, such as massage and joint mobilisations; to patient specific exercise programmes that help your pet regain balance, strength and co-ordination.
Our physiotherapists work closely alongside the primary clinicians to develop an individualised plan for your pet, both while as an inpatient and after discharge. Much like if you or I had undergone any procedure, surgery is just the starting point and rehab back to full recovery can take a little longer. Ongoing appointments with a physiotherapist allow treatments and exercise programmes to be progressed as your pet continues to improve. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about your pets’ recovery along the way. Similarly, it means that the physiotherapist can keep your clinician regularly updated on your pets’ progress and discuss any issues/concerns with them promptly.
In some instances surgery may not be appropriate and therefore conservative management may involve medical management from your primary clinician alongside a physiotherapy programme.
If you have travelled a little further to us and it is not possible for you to return to us for regular ongoing physiotherapy appointments, we are happy to provide you with a discharge plan in the first instance and to help you find a suitable physiotherapist closer to home.