At Pet Rehab, we specialise in the management of pain and optimisation of performance in pets and working dogs. We cater for animals with arthritis, agility, sporting or working dogs with injury and any pet recovering from surgery. We also advise on sport fitness and can advise on training programmes to help prevent injury.
Our philosophy is to discover the underlying cause of pain and treat this via a tailored mix of our different therapies and services. We offer chiropractic, physiotherapy, sport massage, acupuncture and hydrotherapy on our treadmill.
Our services aim to combine the expertise and specialist disciplines of the Pet Rehab team in areas in which we excel.
The pet rehab team is led by Vet Rachel Mowbray who works closely with the other therapists in the team to achieve both a diagnosis and treatment plan for cases of lameness, stiffness or pain.
A detailed history is taken covering all aspects of your pet’s history and daily activities.
Gait analysis involves watching how an animal moves at a variety of speeds and may involve slow motion video analysis or use of the treadmill.
A detailed orthopaedic and neurological examination is then performed.
From this a diagnosis may be made or recommendations for further test such as advance imaging.
Pet rehab is part of the Vale referrals hospital and so we can perform a variety of imaging in order to confirm a diagnosis;
The emerging field of sports medicine for dogs encompasses all aspects of caring for our very special companions competing in active disciplines such as agility, obedience, flyball or canicross. It also incorporates fitness training and body conditioning and prevention of injury.
Many of our sporting dogs are high drive and will often continue training and competing despite an injury. This may manifest as reduced performance.
At pet rehab with have a multi disciplinary approach to investigating and treating injuries and poor performance. We can also advise on fitness and conditioning programs tailored to the needs of your particular dog and discipline. We have successfully rehabilitated dogs back to the highest level of competition both in the Uk and internationally
Stem cells are being used to help dogs and cats with many different problems, the strongest current evidence supports their use for pain and disability due to tendon and joint problems and healing tendon injuries. They can be effective when other traditional therapies have failed to restore quality of life. They are also being used for spinal conditions such as lumbosacral disease.
During stem cell therapy a small tissue sample is harvested, the stem cells are extracted and implanted into the diseased joint or tissue. This procedure is carried out at the Vale Referrals hospital under full aseptic conditions.
Post operative rehabilitation maximises the outcome of surgery. After an injury and surgery there will changes to the body’s proprioceptive system ( the awareness of where the body is in space) and to muscle strength and function.
We use a range of therapies to help your pet recover well after surgery, reduce pain and inflammation and stimulate healing.
Acupuncture is used at pet rehab as part of a holistic package to manage pain and return from injury. It can be combined with pain controlling medication and treatments such as physiotherapy, laser and ultrasound therapy and chiropractic treatment.
Typical conditions that we may treat with acupuncture :
Physiotherapists are experts in mobilising joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, to provide pain relief and the restoration of function.
Techniques include hands on treatments such as soft tissue and joint mobilisations/ manipulation, massage, myofascial and trigger point release work and stretches.
Electrotherapy is used as appropriate – for example laser or ultrasound therapy.
In Hydrotherapy the buoyancy of the water enables dogs that are in pain walking on land to use their limbs more freely increasing muscle tone, and helping to make their day-to-day life on land easier and less painful.
Common conditions treated with hydrotherapy include:
Chiropractors use their hands to assess, find and adjust the joints of the spine and limbs where signs of restricted movement are found.
Gentle, specific manipulation techniques help to restore normal body movement.
Treatment aims to make your pet move better and more freely.
Canine Bowen for dogs is rapidly growing in popularity as more and more people start to hear about it's effects on a broad range of conditions, as with people it has the potential to help may physical conditions, but also is very beneficial when used on dogs with emotional issues such as phobias, anxiety and stress.
Prior to treating the dog, a full background history is taken. This will include information about the dog's daily lifestyle such as diet, exercise, temperament, behaviour etc. This helps to build a clearer picture on areas that may have an impact on the condition the dog is being treated with.
Massage is the scientific manipulation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes. It helps to remove the build up of general aches and pains and to restore function back to damaged tissues following injury or trauma. The therapist uses their hands to explore the tissues, find the problems and deal accordingly with the damage, this in turn improves performance, endurance, prevents injuries and loss of joint mobility.
Ultrasound uses low frequency sound waves to stimulate tissue healing.
It can be used for heating effects in deep tissues as well as to break down adhesions and scar tissues particularly in tendons.
Laser therapy uses infrared light to stimulate cellular activity and increase the body’s rate of healing.
It also has an analgesic and warming effect on the tissues.
Laser therapy is painless and well tolerated by patients.
A program of therapeutic exercises performed both in the clinic and at home is an integral part of the rehabilitation program.
This sort of physiotherapy for animals is more challenging than with people as we can not explain to them what we want then to do.
We have a wide variety of exercises that can be used to target movement at different muscle, tendons or joints and can be adapted to the individual capabilities of your pet.