Assessment Process

Every patient referred for physiotherapy or hydrotherapy has an initial therapy consultation which is carried out by a fully qualified ACPAT Veterinary Physio

The assessment begins with a discussion about your dog’s condition, their medical history and lifestyle. This will be followed by a comprehensive physical examination that includes analysis of conformation, posture and gait, palpation of joints & soft tissues and assessment of pain, movement, joint mechanics and function.

Following the assessment you will be given advice on the most appropriate course of therapy. Often a combined approach of physiotherapy and hydrotherapy is best and an individually tailored rehabilitation plan will be devised for your dog to help assist them towards a full recovery. 

Physical Therapies

Treatments and exercise regimes are tailor made to meet the specific needs of your pet. The number of treatments or hydrotherapy sessions required depends on the diagnosis, how your dog responds to therapy and other factors such as coexisting conditions, age, lifestyle etc. 

Each dog is individual and the speed and rate of recovery may vary. Some cases require a more intensive course of treatment and can be discharged from physiotherapy / hydrotherapy when the injury has resolved. Patients with long term conditions, such as arthritis and developmental joint disease may benefit from longer term therapy and maintenance treatments to help them achieve a consistent level of comfort, mobility and function.


Physiotherapy treatments will vary according to your dogs individual needs but usually consist of:

  • Soft tissue massage / Myofascial release

  • Joint mobilisation

  • Passive joint range of motion

  • Stretches

  • Core strengthening / stability

  • Gait re-education

  • Proprioceptive exercise

  • Exercises to restore strength & function

  • Electrotherapy (LASER, electrical muscle stimulation)

  • Appropriate home exercises

  • Advice (Lifestyle, nutrition, nutraceuticals, exercise modification, equipment and mobility aids)

  • Supports and orthotics

If your dog goes on to start hydrotherapy sessions they will have regular reviews with the physiotherapist as often as necessary to monitor their improvement and progress the rehabilitation plan appropriately. They may well require more regular treatments to assist healing and recovery of specific injuries or following joint surgery .

Lifestyle & Maintenance

Successful rehabilitation involves a holistic approach, adequate pain management

and appropriate physical therapy. Should adjunct pain relief need addressing, we

can arrange this through your local vet practice and discuss possible alternative options such as acupuncture.

Our therapists can advise on appropriate exercise, nutrition & weight management and lifestyle adaptations to help manage chronic conditions and improve the long term outlook for your pets future.

We strive to achieve the best possible results for your dog and therefore we will liaise with your referring vet and other health professionals involved in your dogs care

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