Specialist knowledge for optimium outcomes
Scott Blake, MVetPhys.
NAVP Registered Animal Physiotherapist
Canine biomechanical analysis.
When establishing our animal physiotherapy business we felt it was important to treat dogs and horses in their own environments, where they are much more relaxed and comfortable. Most dogs are incredibly nervous when visiting a vet practice or treatment centre, which can have an adverse effect on rehabilitation outcomes. Visiting at home allows the dog to stay calm, relaxed and able to enjoy the process. Physiotherapy for animals is increasingly used by both vets and pet owners seeking out treatments which provide positive, tangible results without the need for surgery or drugs. The use of medication for longer term conditions can have a serious effect on your dog or horse's overall health and longevity, whereas using animal physiotherapy techniques such as massage, electrotherapies and targeted exercise plans can in many instances remove the need for medication and pain relief all together, by targeting the underlying condition. Numerous scientific studies have shown that animal physiotherapy can reduce healing times, decrease pain and discomfort, increase wellbeing and enhance virtually every aspect of a dogs or horses life
Dr. Roberta Ferro de Godoy, PhD, MVetMed, BVetMed, PGCERT, FHEA.
IAAHT Registered therapist
Equine rehabilitation & performance. Equine biomechanical analysis
My career started as an equine surgeon in my native Brazil, and has encompassed roles in research, teaching and general vet practice. My work with horses has shown that physiotherapy can have a huge impact not only on the horse but on the rider too - a balanced rider is a balanced horse and vice versa. Physiotherapy for horses differs from dogs in that a lot more emphasis is placed on active rehabilitation, using various exercises to target specific pathologies. The technology used on horses tends to differ too as therapeutic tools such as laser have to be more powerful to penetrate into deeper structures. Similar to dogs and small animals, research has shown that a holistic approach to surgery and injury rehabilitation including physiotherapy reduces healing times, improves outcomes and working longevity. Physiotherapy techniques such as stretching and massage are now employed as a matter of course for sporting horses to improve performance and maintain comfort during multi day events, with more and more teams employing full time physios for their horses and ridwers.