We have a dedicated veterinary physiotherapy suite at our Dewsbury Hospital, where our veterinary physiotherapist devotes time to the rehabilitation of patients.
Our rehabilitation team is headed up by Nicola, a fully qualified Veterinary physiotherapist. Nicola studied physiotherapy at post-graduate level and has completed her Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy. She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP).
Nicola provides quality, tailored physiotherapy sessions for dogs and other small animals helping to make recovery easier. Physiotherapy can be used to treat orthopedic and neurological conditions, as well as preventing injuries. Nicola’s primary focus is on restoring the animal’s function and improving their quality of life.
Veterinary physiotherapy can benefit dogs of all ages, breed and job role. From high performance agility or working dogs to 'golden oldies' who enjoy a short walk and naps by the fire. Other small animals such as cats and rabbits can also benefit from veterinary physiotherapy. Physiotherapy can reduce pain, improve movement, rebuild/maintain muscle, and aid recovery after surgery.
Common indicators for animals requiring physiotherapy include:
- Lameness or stiffness
- Reduced activity on walks
- Struggling to get onto the sofa/car seat
- Excessive chewing or licking a paw
- Behavioural changes – aggression, nervousness, guarding, panting more
- Reduced performance in working/agility dogs
- Reactive to touch
Conditions that will benefit from physiotherapy include:
- Hip/Elbow Dysplasia
- Osteochondrosis dissecans/OCD
- Patella Luxation
- Cranial cruciate ligament disease
- Post-surgery rehabilitation
- Neurological conditions
- Wound healing
- Weight/obesity management
What to expect on your first session?
Nicola has many years’ experience as a therapist, which means she will ensure you and your pets are completely at ease during your sessions. Nicola will have a chat with you about how your pet is doing at home, their normal exercise regime and medication. A full static and dynamic assessment of your pet will be carried out to identify any musculoskeletal abnormalities. Once a thorough history has been taken, Nicola will create a tailor-made veterinary physiotherapy program for your pet.
This may consist of:
- Manual therapies: massage, range of motion, stretching, cryotherapy or thermal therapy
- Electrotherapies: Class IV laser, Electromagnetic field (PEMF), TENS, neuromuscular electrical stimulation
- Remedial exercises
- Home management plans
We run veterinary physiotherapy sessions on the following days:
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: Closed
- Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
- Thursday: 09:00 - 14:00
- Friday: 10:30 - 17:00
Can I use your Veterinary Physiotherapy service if I use another vet?
We are happy to treat pets from other practices – all we need before your first appointment is a referral form, completed by your existing vets.