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.
For the initial appointment please allow 60-90
minutes for thorough assessment and initial treatment of the
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
Please also consider the animal’s surroundings
as a reasonably quiet environment will provide a better environment
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
Horses and working dogs should not have
their first assessment within a week prior to competition, where
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.
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.
I work closely with the individual patient, veterinary surgeon and you, the
owner, and provide a unique treatment plan for every patient. This
treatment program will be revised and updated as the treatment
All treatments are carried out after veterinary consent to treat
This procedure is part of the Veterinary Surgery (Exemption) Order 1962, which states "All physiotherapy treatment undertaken must be under veterinary referral"
DO NOT let anyone treat your animals without veterinary consent.