Whether your dog is having surgery, they have a condition that needs managing, or you need to improve their overall fitness then we’re here to help you on that journey.
Our Canine Fitness and Rehabilitation Centre brings together complementary therapy experts in physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, and training for dogs, cats and other small animals. We provide a scientific approach to rehabilitation, meaning your pet will receive its own treatment plan in line with its needs.
We are perfectly positioned to provide referrals from Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and beyond. All our members of staff are qualified professionals specialising in small animal rehabilitation and we are committed to providing a caring, friendly, scientific and evidence-based approach to your pet’s rehabilitation.
Physical therapies for rehabilitation of dogs are now commonplace as a means to enhance recovery much like it is in human medicine and surgery.
Physical rehabilitation isn’t just limited to supporting dogs with orthopaedic and neurological problems but also provides preventative treatments that support weight reduction, cardiorespiratory fitness, and maintenance of muscle strength.
The job of your rehabilitation practitioner is to use noninvasive techniques to alleviate impairment and functional limitations by designing, implementing, and modifying therapeutic treatment plans.
Rehabilitation isn’t just a post-operative ‘thing’ – it’s a fabulous way of preventing injury, maintaining health and managing non-operative conditions. Many older dogs suffer muscle wasting, particularly in the back legs.
Physiotherapy, aquatic work and a home exercise programme will help maintain and even increase muscle mass. Overweight patients benefit from specialist nutritional advice and fat burning exercise without overloading the joints.
Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and other complementary therapies are very useful for the management of pain in conjunction with, and without medication. These treatments are particularly useful in NSAID intolerant patients.
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It’s without doubt that your rehabilitation therapists need to be trusted by your dog. A relaxed dog, despite varying levels of pain, will respond better to therapeutic treatments. Equally though, you as the owner need to have trust in the skills, expertise and service standards of your therapist. That’s why we’ve hand picked practitioners at the Canine Fitness Centre who not only forge great connections with the animals they treat, but talk you through every step of the journey through their expertise and experience.
You’ll quickly get into the habit of what to bring and what to prepare before visiting our centre. In the colder months we particularly recommend a good towelling rug or coat to keep dogs muscles warm after therapy. For dogs having hydrotherapy you do not need to bring towels unless you wish to as we have plenty available. Here’s a little check list of the essential things to do before you arrive:
We try our very best to maintain an on-time appointment schedule. On occasion, there may be a short wait. (Thankfully, our waiting areas are cozy!) If you have a nervous pet or one that is sensitive to noise or other animals, please let us know in advance and we will work to manage the situation as best as we can.
We strive to maintain a fear-free environment in each of our clinics. Therefore, treats and toys are utilized frequently throughout the appointment. If your pet has an allergy or prefers a special toy, feel free to bring your own from home.
A 60-90 minute consultation session typically includes:
At your consultation, we will assess your dog, review history, and find out what your goals are. A certified rehabilitation practitioner will evaluate your pet to develop a customised treatment plan that is tailored to your pet’s specific needs and works for your schedule and budget. This will include both in-clinic and at-home exercises to help your pet progress.
It is important to be actively involved in your pet’s rehabilitation program by observing activity and other restrictions that may be in place, as well as completing daily/weekly at-home exercises. During your pet’s appointment, the practitioner and/or trained assistants will hold your pet and perform all recommended exercises and treatments.
In order to maintain a positive client-patient relationship, rechecks with the veterinarian are required at least every 4-6 months to continue the rehabilitation therapy. This may be more frequent based on your pet’s condition or if there are other concerns.