Small Animal Physiotherapy

What is Animal Physiotherapy?



Benefits of Small Animal Physiotherapy

  • Improves mobility


  • Improves the ability to exercise


  • Improves gait (walking stride)


  • Improves range of motion


  • Reduces post surgery recovery time


  • Manage neurological problems


  • Management of spinal problems ie degenerative disc disease


  • Management of joint problems ie arthritis


  • Improves proprioception


  • Improves core strength



Animal Physiotherapy utilises different hands on skills with the aim to promote and speed up recovery to good independent function, maintain and prevent secondary preventable complications developing and essentially restore the patient to a good functional and pain free state.


Here at Kernow Paws Rehabilitation we use various techniques to achieve these outcomes. These include:


Movement Therapies - passive range of movement, assisted walking, obstacles being set up to improve strength and function.


Soft Tissue Techniques - using massage therapies to loosen tension within the tissues. Accupressure point treatment.


Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) - this uses an electrical current that passes through metal coils to direct a series of magnetic pulses through injured tissue. This stimulates cellular repair, encouraging the body's natural healing process.


Phototherapy - this involves applying visible light of a certain wavelength and colour to the affected area. Red light is used to treat healing wounds. Blue light is used to reduce bacteria in a wound.


You may also be advised that your pet as part of the treatment package needs to undertake a course of laser therapy or hydrotherapy. This is all done under discussion with you the owner.

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Before you attend for your initial appointment I will ask you to get your vet to fill out one of our veterinary consent forms (in accordance with the Veterinary Surgery (exemptions) Order 1962). This ensures that I am aware of any significant conditions your dog may have and if there are any conditions that may prohibit treatment.


Then on your initial appointment I will go through this form with you to ensure the information is correct as far as you are aware and get your consent for treatment. I will ask you some basic questions about your dogs regular routines so I can gauge their activity level and environment.


Then I will conduct an initial assessment of your dogs gait (walking pattern), this will involve me observing your dog moving as directed.


Next I conduct a nose to tail examination treating the problem areas.


Once treatment is complete you will receive feedback of my findings and offer recommendations on any further sessions required and work you can do with your dog at home (rehabilitation programme).


This initial session will take approximately 60 - 90 minutes.



Initial Session £30


Follow Up Session £25

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