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Pet Rehabilitation

Offering a range of pet rehabilitation services

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.

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 a vet who is supported by physiotherapists, chiropractor, bowen therapists and hydrotherapists who work together as a team to ensure that your animal receives the most appropriate treatment.

We are supported by a veterinary orthopaedic surgeon should surgery be necessary.

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 Vet Rehab 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 bring indoor shoes to wear in the clinic

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.

The car park is used at your own risk, we take no responsibility for any damage, theft or injury caused by persons using the car park.

Dogs with vomiting, diarrhoea or cough can not be treated in the centre. We may be able to provide treatment away from the centre if necessary so please contact us for advice.

Special instructions for hydrotherapy

Please do not feed your pet for two hours before the session. If your pet requires medication it can be given in a treat or small amount of food.

Please bring enough towels to dry your dog after a session on the treadmill. A coat is advised to use after hydrotherapy unless the weather is very warm.

We maintain the highest water quality at all times with records kept of water testing. We are not able to treat bitches in season in the water treadmill - please discuss alternatives with us. Dogs with vomiting, diarrhoea, cough or contagious eye, ear or skin disease can not be treated in the treadmill.

Please allow time to toilet your dog on arrival, there is plenty of grass available for this. Please clear up after your dog - a poo bin is available on site. If a dog fouls in the treadmill there is a surcharge of £100 as the treadmill will have to be emptied and closed for cleaning and subsequent sessions cancelled.