Physiotherapy uses a range of different therapeutic techniques to deliver a tailor made rehabilitative program for your animal. With specialised knowledge in conservative management; postoperative rehabilitation and geriatric care, physiotherapy ensures your animal is given the best chance at living a full and mobile life.
Mochdre Veterinary Practice is one of the first in North Wales to have an on site fully qualified animal physiotherapist. Physiotherapy combines electrotherapy and hydrotherapy with other treatments such as massage, stretching and remedial exercise. This ensures your animal receives a complete package during rehabilitation and is targeted to different cellular and muscle states.
Typical candidates for physiotherapy have:
- Signs of pain
- Reduced Mobility
- Compensatory effects of conformation
- Weight concerns
- Spinal injuries
- Decreased nerve stimulus
- Muscle loss and weakness
Sessions will aim to improve on veterinary and owner goals and will consider your own home environment within the program.
- Promote healing
- Alter blood flow
- Change cellular activity
- Decrease pain
- Increase mobility
- Improve fitness
- Restore muscle balance
Is your animal:
- Showing reduced willingness to move
- Recently had surgery or never quite recovered from a previous operation
- Restless at home
- Licking a particular sore area
- Whimpering or yelping after sharp movements
- Stiff after resting
- Limping or walking differently
- Withdrawn and lethargic
- Losing muscle tone
Hiya, thanks ever so much for Amy and Lucy’s taster session today. They loved it. Gwenan was extremely good with them, especially Amy. She showed no fear towards Amy, so her session was very successful.
I was really impressed with her knowledge regarding her physio treatment towards Molly. Mollydog had a great relaxing massage, and Gwenan found some muscle knots in her back legs, which I hadn’t realised were there, so she’s shown me how to massage her to help them reduce. I would certainly score Gwenan with 10/10. Most definitely recommend her services too.
Susanne Roberts, Molly, Amy and Lucy
What do I need to do before booking a session?
You’ll need veterinary consent – all you need to do is print off the vet consent document Physio Consent Form and get your vet to fill it in and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave it at reception. We cannot treat your animal without this form.
If you’re registered to Mochdre Vets then we can check the history internally and see if you need a check up before visiting the physiotherapist for treatment.
Why do I need veterinary consent?
This is a legal requirement as noted by the veterinary surgeons act (1966) to ensure we know your animal’s full history and can make sure we treat accordingly.
How do I book a session?
Ring up the practice on 01492 546112 to arrange an appointment.
I already have Laser sessions or hydrotherapy so do I really need physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy includes Laser and Hydrotherapy in its programs. However, physiotherapy offers other complimentary therapies such as massage, stretching and exercises that can provide a more complete rehabilitative program. It also provides you an opportunity to ask questions about ways you can improve their home life and current exercise routine. As a physio we look more specifically at muscle state and tone, therefore an initial assessment would still be recommended before sessions commence.
How long does a session take?
An initial session will last 1 hour, this ensures a full assessment of the animal, filling out any paper work and asking any questions as well as providing treatment. After the initial assessment sessions will then last 45 minutes. This will provide enough opportunity to treat you animal and potentially recommend exercises for you to perform at home.
Can I claim from my insurance?
All insurance companies vary therefore it is best to check your policy first. Insurance companies will acknowledge that you are receiving physiotherapy that is recommended by your veterinarian from a qualified physiotherapist that is registered to the NAVP.
Will I need to do exercise from home?
If appropriate it is often recommended you perform certain exercises at home. These will be tailored to the case and your availability and capabilities. Before going home with exercises I will ask you to demonstrate these exercises to me and you will be given a sheet explaining them in case you forget.
Who will be carrying out the session?
Gwenan will carry out a physiotherapy session however a number of staff are qualified in Laser therapy and hydrotherapy therefore these sessions could vary, however we keep a record of all activity performed during your session so that all staff are aware of your case requirements.
How long before I start seeing results?
Every case is different and each animal responds to treatment differently. It is important to remember that physiotherapy is often a gradual process and results can take a few weeks before you notice them.
What to do on the day of your session?
Try not to take your dog for a long walk before the session as this could impact the initial assessment. During the session you may be asked to help the physiotherapist with certain exercises and activities. After the session, depending on what was done you might not need to walk your dog for a long period of time, as they will have received treatment. Your animal might be a little stiff so it is important to get them up every hour for a short walk to reduce this risk.
Consultation Times (by appointment only)
Monday – Friday 08:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 12:00
Sunday 10:00 – 13:00
Mochdre Vets is the trading name for Heywood and Heywood Limited
and is registered in England and Wales. Registered Number 10654839.
Registered Office Williams House, Conway Road, Mochdre, Conwy. LL28 5HE.