What happens at the first appointment?
On the first appointment, I start with a detailed preliminary talk and a thorough physiotherapeutic examination of your animal. The examination includes:
General and specific anamnesis
Inspection of an animal in stand
Evaluation of the joints
In addition to that, I perform a first therapy session
The first appointment takes around 90 minutes to 2 hours. If you have x-rays, MRI images, CT scans, or other test results from your vet, don’t forget to bring them with you to your first appointment, or even better send it via email before the appointment takes place.
What happens next?
Based on the findings from our first appointment I will create an individual therapy plan which would exactly match the needs of your pet.
Depending on the condition of your pet, the following therapy sessions would happen approximately 1-3 times per week. Each session would be 45-60 minutes long.
Before the appointment
During the therapy session, your pet should be as relaxed as possible. The session will not be as smooth as it should be if your pet has a full stomach or bladder. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
The last meal should be given at least 3 hours before the therapy
Don’t forget to allow your dog to relieve itself before the therapy
Avoid intense, long walks, and training before the appointment. An exception is very active and young dogs who require more exercise
Right before the appointment dogs should not be actively exercised for approx. 30 minutes to avoid false results in lameness diagnostics. This is especially important for the first appointment
In case of fever, inflammation and infection therapy is contraindicated.
What if an animal is not willing to cooperate?
Not every animal likes to be approached and touched by a stranger. Especially animals who suffer from acute pain or previously have had an unpleasant experience in veterinary clinics. However, this should not discourage you from considering physical therapy for your furry friend.
I have a lot of experience working with overly excited, shy, or fearful pets. Talk with me about these problems during our first appointment. I am sure that we can find the right solution for your pet. I find it always very important not to overwhelm both the patients and their owners.
Important to know
Physiotherapy treatment cannot replace a visit to the veterinarian. Animals with pain or other complaints should always be presented to a veterinary practice or veterinary clinic.
Based on a veterinary diagnosis, I can provide targeted support and supplement the treatment. I am more than happy to work with your veterinarian or alternative animal health practitioner to help your four-legged friend get back on its feet quickly.