At Pets in Balance, after receiving medical clearance from your veterinarian, a qualified animal physiotherapist will evaluate your animal’s movement, spine and joint function, strength, co-ordination and other physical abilities and properties. This will enable your therapist to determine the impact of an injury, degenerative or inflammatory condition or disability on your pet’s health and mobility. The initial session usually lasts between 1 hour and 1:15, as it involves a period of questioning and history-taking, as well as allowing time for your pet to grow accustomed to the practice environment and therapist. Thereafter, sessions are 45 minutes. It is advisable to commit to at least three sessions, as physiotherapy is not a quick-fix.
Discussion and Planning
Your therapist will then highlight his/her findings over the duration of the assessment and determine how best to go about the rehabilitation process. She/he will work with you, the pet-parent, to plan an individualised treatment program. Your therapist will also act as a source of support and encouragement throughout the rehabilitation process.
After the initial assessment, a short treatment will be conducted and could involve one or more of several treatment modalities (including stretching, massage, mobilizations, laser therapy, underwater treadmill, land exercises etc). In follow-up appointments where the therapist is already familiar with your pet, the main portion of the appointment will involve these treatment interventions.
Sometime in the days immediately following the first assessment, you will receive an emailed report written by your therapist documenting everything that has been found, discussed and performed during the course of the session. It will also outline and explain various exercises and supply other useful advice for managing your pet at home. A copy will also be sent to your treating veterinarian, as well as the operating surgeon in post-surgical cases.