Veterinary Physiotherapy is a vital part of the management and recovery in many surgical cases, such as spinal and other orthopaedic surgeries, fracture repair and more. Other cases such as soft tissue injuries, older pets with osteo-arthritis, and overweight pets that need an exercise plan to assist with weight loss, can also be helped through physiotherapy.
Veterinary Physiotherapy is often necessary to manage wounds, be they surgical or traumatic, as part of the overall recovery of the pet.
With surgical cases, the aim is to strengthen pre-operatively; to ensure a swift post-operative recovery, and to ensure our companion animals stay strong and fit.
Rehabilitation of surgical patients often requires an intensive few weeks’ period with physio treatments as often as once a day to once a week, and gentle home care by the owner.
In chronic cases, pain management, dysfunctions of the neuro-muscular, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems will require ongoing treatments to manage the condition and support the pet. These treatments are usually weekly with home care by the owner to support the physio’s work.
The benefits of physiotherapy are not just physical. Often sick pets, pets in pain, and pets that have restricted movement due to injury or postoperative recovery, become depressed and frustrated, which manifest through aggression or withdrawn behaviour.
Physical interaction with these pets has several positive effects. As their pain lessens their ability to move and exercise also increases and their personality returns to normal.
Alma du Preez is a Veterinary Physiotherapist with Equine-Librium Veterinary Physiotherapy Clinic – Pretoria. She treats our in-hospital patients and is available for at home physio sessions, as well as in-house consultations