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Frequently Asked Questions

Whats vet physio like?


What can you expect when you book a physio appointment for your dog or horse?


Making the decision to start physiotherapy with your pet can be daunting and maybe even a little confusing.  You probably have a heap of questions that you need answering before you can commit, right?  I know I’m the same with any decisions that affect my pets I know I have to be 100%, and I’m sure you’re all the same?


So that’s where I come in! I’m here to put your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have.  SO lets get started:


  • What is vet physiotherapy?

Veterinary physiotherapy is defined by the oxford dictionary is the treatment of disease, injury, or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment, and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery.  However, in reality, vet physiotherapy also utilises many other electrotherapies and manual therapies.  

Veterinary physiotherapy here at Fit-Pet Physio we look at your pet as a whole, taking into account their current fitness and performance, your goals and any underlying health conditions.  Making vet physiotherapy not just for those pets who are injured but also for our competitive pets to help them next-level their performance and step up a grade.   


  • What does a vet physio session include?

Veterinary physiotherapy sessions include a full musculoskeletal assessment of all bones, muscles and joints within the body via a visual assessment of your pet’s gait and a physical assessment of their muscles using palpation and their joints with the use of range of motion (ROM) assessment.  


Once your pet has been assessed for any injuries, pathologies or simply areas of reduced muscle mass, strength or tension.  These areas are then treated with manual and electrotherapies and remedial exercises.  


  • What can I expect from a session with Fit-Pet Physio?

All vet physiotherapy sessions here at Fit-Pet Physio are conducted at your own yard or home.  This saves you the time and stress of travelling.  Your pets also feel more at ease and relaxed in their normal surroundings meaning that they are more receptive to treatment meaning you get more out of your sessions with us.  


Zoe will arrive at your address, collect a history from you and then begin with your physiotherapy, massage or wound healing session.  All of these sessions begin with a musculoskeletal health assessment of all bones, muscles and joints within the body via a visual assessment of your pet’s gait and a physical assessment of their muscles using palpation and their joints with the use of range of motion (ROM) assessment.  


Then your treatment of either massage (massage sessions), pulsed electromagnetic therapy (fracture wound healing), laser (wound healing) or a combination of massage, electrotherapies and exercise therapies (vet physio).    


At the end of your session, Zoe will advise you on when your pets follow up appointment should be booked in for and book that in for you.  If you have had a vet physio appointment Zoe will email you a copy of your pets exercise plan for the time between sessions on the same day as your appointment.  


  • Who will be my vet physio and will they change each session?

Here at Fit-Pet Physio our only Veterinary Physiotherapist is Zoe Hindle (Owner and Vet Physio) so Zoe will conduct all of your pets sessions.  Zoe has a Masters degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy and is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists.  This means that Zoe follows their high standards of care and completes regular continued professional development training to ensure your pets are always receiving the best possible care.  Find out more about Zoe here.


  • How much do physio, wound healing and massage with Fit-Pet Physio cost?

Veterinary Physiotherapy:

Dog- Inital session £45

      - Follow-up £40


Horse- Initial Session £55

  • Follow-up £50


Dog- £35

Horse- £40

Wound Healing:

1 session - £20

Group and Zone day discounts available (£5 per pet).  


  • How long is a vet physio, massage or wound healing session?

Veterinary Physiotherapy sessions range from 1hour 15min to 2hours depending on the individual.  Massage sessions are approximately 1 hour in length and wound healing sessions approximately 30mins.   

  • Where do sessions take place? Do I have to come to you?

All sessions take place at your own home or yard.  You never have to come to us.


  • 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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