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Small Animal 

Physiotherapy

Expert physiotherapy for your dog or cat.

Animals benefit from physiotherapy in just the same way as people do.

 

We can help your animal to:

  • Rehabilitate from injury, illness, surgery and disability

  • Restore movement, function and independence

  • Reduce secondary issues and future complications

Vet Recommended

Throughout the region, vets recommend us as a key choice for rehabilitation treatment after injury. Our treatments are suitable for all shapes and sizes, all ages and many injuries. We will liaise closely with them at all stages of the rehabilitation process. Similarly, we’ll liaise directly with your vet if you approach us directly.

We’ll always look at the bigger picture – the whole body and mind. All aspects of health and wellbeing. The Win Clinic doesn’t just treat your four-legged friend, we’ll help you to restore their quality of life, their activity, their overall health. To the best that it can be.

Whether they’re young or old, we provide treatments suitable to alleviate their complaints. And we’ll talk you through everything before we go ahead.

One big advantage of physiotherapy is it helps to minimise drug intervention, focusing instead on the natural and connected manoeuvrability of the body. We do all this in a warm and caring environment. At a pace that is comfortable for your animal. Their welfare is our priority.

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For Vets

Important forms & information for veterinarians.

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For Clients

Important forms & information for clients and self-referrals.

PREVENTION IS BETTER

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. We welcome the chance to work with you before problems become obvious, ensuring a long and active life for your animal friends. Physiotherapy doesn’t just repair the damage. We offer specialist musculoskeletal health checks for your dog or cat, we pick up on aches and pains early, reduce the need for long term medication and optimise your pet's quality and length of life.

OUR SERVICES

New Physiotherapy Assessment 

Expert assessment including state of the art stance analysis and treatment.

 

£75 inc VAT

Physiotherapy Follow Up Treatments 

To follow on from your initial assessment, structured treatment plans specific for you and your animal. Can include laser therapy, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic therapy, manual therapy, massage, therapeutic exercise and much more.

 

£60 inc VAT

Remote Physiotherapy Session

NEW OR FOLLOW-UP

If you aren’t local to us or feel safer to stay at home we can offer you a remote consolation using a secure platform used by the NHS. Simple to use, just click on a link in an email, no downloads or programs required.

 

£35 inc VAT

Home Visit

If you can not travel we can come to your house. 

 

Travel charges may apply.

 

£84 inc VAT

WANT TO FIND OUT MORE?

Book in for a free chat with one of our physiotherapists.

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Musculoskeletal Health Check

A thorough musculoskeletal assessment to determine any pain or underlying issues, identify any issues early, improve their quality of life and reduce the need for medications as they get older.

 

£55 inc VAT

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Golden Oldies

If your animal is 10 or over we believe they deserve some extra special help. If you book six treatment sessions you receive TWO FREE laser only sessions for a value of over £70.

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Puppy Checks

Start your journey off right. Get a thorough check over and advice on puppy do’s and don'ts to help keep your growing puppy safe and sound.

£42 inc VAT

 

Small Animal FAQs

I haven’t heard of physiotherapy for dogs and cats before.  What is it?

Physiotherapy for dogs and cats is exactly the same as physiotherapy for humans and has exactly the same uses. We aim to: 

 

  • Rehabilitate from injury, illness, surgery and disability

  • Restore movement, function and independence

  • Reduce secondary issues and future complications

 

Why would my dog or cat need physiotherapy?

Let's turn that question on its head, why would they not need physiotherapy? As humans, we can vocalise when we get an achy shoulder or an achy knee. We then make a choice as to what we do about it, we might decide to rest from our usual activities for a couple of weeks, we might take paracetamol, we might use some heat, we might go and see a physiotherapist. Animals can’t tell us when something is aching or sore, instead, they subtly change their movement and behaviour over time, often in a way that we don’t see until it becomes very obvious for example lameness or struggling to jump up on the sofa or get in the car.  

 

My dog still wants to walk so he must be fine!

 

Dogs are creatures of habit, they also love to please. Most dogs love exercise, love getting out to sniff and spend time with their owners. Even if they have sore bits, their desire to please and the enjoyment they get will likely override their discomfort. That is not to say they won’t ache afterwards.  

Not sure if your dog or cat has any sore bits?

Come and see us at the Win Clinic, we do a full musculoskeletal health check for them, we can often pick up the early signs of conditions such as arthritis and find and treat any soreness or pain.  

Click here to find out more or book online here.  

 

My animal has had surgery, should they have physiotherapy afterwards?

 

Yes absolutely, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that dogs and cats who have physiotherapy have much better outcomes than those that don’t follow orthopaedic surgery. Physiotherapy after medical surgical procedures can also be of huge benefit to help with scar management and to optimise the rest of the musculoskeletal system to help your animal recover faster and more optimally.

 

How many sessions will I need?

 

It is very difficult to know without assessing your animal to know, every animal is unique and will respond differently to treatment. We will discuss this with you after our first session. We offer some excellent packages which may well be suitable for you and your animal.

 

My vet hasn’t suggested physiotherapy, does that mean my animal doesn’t need it?

 

No, it absolutely doesn’t. Vets are incredibly busy, they have minimal time with you during a routine appointment and often have a lot to talk about. We have a great relationship with the vet practices local to us and they are almost always very happy for their clients to come and see us.  

 

My animal had a health check at the vet recently and nothing was picked up, why should I bring them for another health check?

During a vet health check, your vet will do a number of things including listening to your animal’s heart, checking teeth and ears. Your vet will likely have a feel of your dogs limbs and joints but it is not an in-depth musculoskeletal assessment, they are not trained to assess the body in the way that we are, just as we are not trained to do all the clever things vets do. Physiotherapists specialise in assessing and treating the musculoskeletal system, this is all we do therefore the health checks are very different.

Can I just book in to bring my animal to see you?

 

Yes, you can book directly with us either by calling 01823 426490 or emailing us. In most cases, we will then contact your vet to gain consent to see your animal. By law, we have to get consent from your vet if they have not made a direct referral but we will sort all of this for you.

 

Is physiotherapy covered by my insurance?

Most pet insurance companies include cover for physiotherapy but as with anything always best to confirm with your insurance company.

 

What will happen during an appointment?

Your animal will always be given time to relax and get used to the clinic. The clinic is really quiet and relaxing and doesn’t smell like a vet's so most animals are very relaxed when they come in. We also have a plentiful supply of treats and some very comfy beds. A thorough and detailed assessment is always the starting point, after this, a treatment plan can be put in place. We will explain everything we find, send a report of our initial assessment and plan and we are always available if you have any questions.

 

How are you qualified to treat both humans and animals?

 

We have all done a three year full-time BSc Hons degree in physiotherapy, this is our human qualification and is a protected title. We have all worked within the NHS and / or private practice for a number of years, we have a combined total of over 25 years experience. We have then completed an MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy. This enables us to work with animals as well. 

 

Why does having a human qualification make you better animal physiotherapists?

 

Our human qualification was a full-time three-year course. This is where we learnt the art and science of physiotherapy. We learnt about illness and injury and how the different tissues within the body heal. We learnt how to feel, how to work as part of a team and how to treat certain tissues for certain types of injury. We learnt about biomechanics, body systems and their interactions. These skills are transferable between people and animals, we are all made up of the same stuff. Physiotherapy is a profession, not just a part-time course or a set of skills you learn as an added extra over a few weekends. For more information please see here.

 

Get in Touch

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

The Win Clinic, Willowbrook Garden Centre, Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9 HX

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