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Pet Rehabilitation

Offering a range of pet rehabilitation services

Our rehabilitation team specialise in the management of pain and optimisation of performance in pets and working dogs. Catering for animals with arthritis, agility, sporting or working dogs with injury and any pet recovering from surgery. Advising on fitness, providing training programmes to help prevent injury and aid pets at all stages of life.

With the philosophy to discover the underlying cause of pain and to treat this via a tailored mix of our different therapies and services.

What is Veterinary Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is the management of pain to restore movement via a broad range of skills and therapies. We do use painkillers, but as part of a broader clinical approach which aims to identify and treat the underlying cause of pain. Our team is led by our specialist vets and advanced practitioners who are supported by physiotherapists, chiropractor and Bowen therapist who work together as a team to ensure that your animal receives the most appropriate treatment.

Is my animal in pain?

Animals are very good at hiding pain, particularly working dogs or sports dogs who really enjoy what they do. Because they can’t tell you they are in pain, you need to recognise the clues which might include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Changes in behaviour
  • Reluctance to jump up the way they would normally into a car, onto their bed etc
  • Stiffness or awkwardness in their gait
  • Change in stance when urinating or defaecating
  • Reluctance to settle after exercise or at night

Which therapy is best for my pet?

Usually, a short consultation over the phone will first determine who you are best to see. Or it may be that we have already discussed this with your vet who is referring you to a specific therapist. At your consultation, thorough questions will be asked about your pet’s symptoms, lifestyle and general health. A physical examination (fitness assessment) will look at the whole body not just the isolated area to determine a diagnosis and to form a treatment plan that will return your pet back to a certain level of function or help manage their pain. Our approach at Vale Referrals Rehabilitation is that we will cross refer to our different therapists, to make sure you always get the most appropriate treatment.

Before your appointment

We are committed to providing a caring, friendly and professional service to all our clients and patients.

Please keep your dog on a lead in the carpark and in the centre.

Please ensure your vet has completed the referral form before your appointment.

We may take video footage for analysis during treatments, photographs may also be taken. We may use these for educational talks or on our website so please let us know if you are not happy for pictures and videos to be used in this way.

We reserve the right to refuse treatment to an animal if necessary.

Please provide 24 hours notice of cancellation of an appointment. A missed appointment fee may be charged if less than 24 hours notice given.

Payment for services is due at the time of treatment unless a direct insurance claim has been agreed in advance. To submit a direct claim please refer to our terms and conditions.