What to Expect During Treatment

The Appointmentsvet physio

 At the initial consultation I will take an extensive case history of your animal and on the first meeting gain the animals trust and cooperation.

Observation of the animal in its environment and then assessment of its movement is vital to their individual treatment plan.

At this point it is important for the owner to pass on as much information about the animal as possible as this will help with the assessment, the treatment plan and their recovery.

When assessing movement I will request to see the patient walk and trot where possible and may even require a horse to be lunged or turned in tight circles.  This allows for a more in depth assessment of the patient and therefore the relevant handlers must be available.

Following a full clinical assessment treatment will begin.

Important Information

For the initial appointment please allow 60-90 minutes for thorough assessment and initial treatment of the patient.

Follow up appointments will be approximately 1 hour in length.

You should be aware that the equine patient or working dog may require one or several days off work following treatment. 

Please also consider the animal’s surroundings as a reasonably quiet environment will provide a better environment for treatment. animal physio

A handler will be required to assist and help hold the patient throughout the treatment.

Please do not exercise the patient within an hour prior to treatment as this may affect the assessment of the animal.

Horses and working dogs should not have their first assessment within a week prior to competition, where possible.

Following initial assessment it can take several treatments to resolve the initial condition, depending on the patient and the condition being treated.

Regular 6 monthly follow up treatments of  patients are often recommended.

Rehabilitation it an important part of any treatment plan and the physiotherapist will include rehabilitation in the recovery plan as the patient improves. This is done based on the animal’s needs and their own individual recovery time. At this point it is important to discuss with us how much time the owner or handler of the patient has to spend doing various exercise and also the facilities available to them.

These factors may reflect the exercises chosen for that specific patient. GG Vet Physio is hoping to build into it's services, the ability to rehabilitate patients as inpatients; however the numbers that can be taken will be limited.  Should the owner or handler be less experienced or confident in carrying out the rehabilitation or feel they do not have the time or the facilities, please discuss these options with Gill.