Want to make sure you have done everything to ensure your dog has a long and happy life?
Have considered physiotherapy to help enhance your dogs life?
But feel paralysed by indecision?
As a dedicated active dog owner you want to ensure your dog has the best of everything and it can be hard to let other people in and ask for help from a stranger. So lets take a look at 3 checks that you can make before choosing a dog physio to ensure that you've chosen the right therapist for your dog.
Ensure your therapist is fully qualified and Insured
Are they part of a professional body?
Do you want a physio or a different therapist?
1: Ensure your therapist is fully qualified and Insured
There are a few different methods of qualifying as a vet physio- MSc (masters degree) and BSc (undergrad degree). And now even some online courses so you really do need to check what qualifications your therapists have. The highest level of qualification is a Masters degree in Veterinary physiotherapy.
If your therapist isn't highly enough qualified they might not be insured. This is very unlikely for any therapists who have done in person degree level courses but best to check your therapist is also insured.
2: What is NAVP?
The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists aims to ensure that the highest standards of physiotherapy care will be delivered to animals by ensuring that all registered therapists have a strong foundation of scientific knowledge with clinical practice and continued research. NAVP is widely recognized in the industry and ensures that all members are of a high standard which is maintained through the completion of continued professional development (CPD). You can find our profile on their website here- https://www.navp.co.uk/ca-west-yorkshire.html
3: What’s the difference between vet physio and other therapies?
Veterinary physiotherapy looks at your pet as a whole. This includes their current exercise, fitness, the environment they live in and any health conditions they have. We then look at their physical capabilities and check all their muscles, bones and joints. Unlike other therapies that just focus on bones or muscle (osteopath), joints (chiropractor) or muscles only (massage/bodyworkers); vet physiotherapy looks at all these areas: bones, muscles, joints and how they all work together.
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