In order to comply with the Veterinary Act 1966 your Veterinary Surgeon needs to give consent for your animal to receive Physiotherapy. You can either print off a consent form and ask your Vet to fill it in, or contact me prior to your assessment with your Vets details and I will contact them myself.
Dogs are typically assessed at my clinic room at Sherwood Hydrotherapy Centre (Sutton-on-Ashfield) or at your home, provided that there is a quiet room for me to use. The initial assessment usually lasts up to an hour.
I will need to ask a few questions in order to find out what your dogs’ history is and what the current problem is.
You will be asked to walk and trot your dog up on a hard surface, and if relevant a soft surface too.
The assessment may also include circling and changing position from sit to stand etc.
You will be asked to help control your dog whilst I assess the range of movement and control of the neck, spine and limbs.
Finally I will have a feel of your dogs’ body to search for areas of muscle spasm, stiffness and pain.
At the end of my assessment I will explain to you what I have found and start a suitable course of treatment. This may include both land based and water based treatments, and you may be asked to take part in a home exercise program!
Depending on the problems found, one or more follow up appointments are usually recommended to administer more treatment or progression of exercises. This will be discussed with you at the end of the initial assessment and a suitable plan agreed.