Rehabilitation is the management of pain to restore movement via a broad range of skills and therapies. We do support the use of painkillers, but as part of a broader clinical approach which aims to identify and treat the underlying cause of pain.
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 physiotherapy, sport massage, acupuncture and hydrotherapy on our treadmill.
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?
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 the Canine Fitness Centre is that we will cross refer to our different therapists, to make sure you always get the most appropriate treatment.