Dogs In Motion Canine Rehabilitation provides animal physiotherapy and hydrotherapy services, as well as a range of rehabilitation products and assistive devices to small animal patients, aiming to speed recovery from injury or surgery, or to improve the mobility and comfort in pets with chronic disease.
Our aim is to work closely with the pet’s veterinarian to provide the utmost care to the patient and education to the owner about how they can assist in their pet’s health and recovery.
Who can provide animal physiotherapy?
As the animal rehabilitation field grows, there are several new ‘rehabilitation’ courses emerging around the country. This can be confusing for the pet owner, but also the veterinarian referring a patient for rehabilitation.
In Australia, qualified Animal Physiotherapists, must hold a human physiotherapy degree, then complete a Masters level degree in Animal Physiotherapy and be registered members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. They receive a minimum of 8 years training before they can become an animal physiotherapist.
The terms ‘physiotherapy’, ‘physiotherapist’, physical therapy’ and ‘physical therapist’ are protected terms and can only be used by a registered and qualified physiotherapist. If you are choosing a physiotherapy service to refer to, be sure to check the qualifications of the therapist.
What does an animal physiotherapist do?
Animal Physiotherapists are intensively trained in musculoskeletal and neurological assessment in both humans and animals. On the pet’s initial visit, they will perform a thorough assessment, and combine this with any information provided in the veterinary referral, to determine which body parts are affected and the impact this has on the overall pet’s mobility and function. They will develop a problem list to be treated, and then in conjunction with the pet owner, devise goals of treatment and a treatment plan.
Treatment will commence on the initial visit and the pet owner will be provided with a program of instructions for continuing therapy at home.
When should Physiotherapy Commence?
Patients should commence physiotherapy as soon as possible after injury, surgery or diagnosis to limit pain, swelling and inflammation, limit muscle atrophy and joint stiffness, and prevent secondary complications of immobilisation. Physiotherapists are highly trained to deliver very precise and often gentle treatments so as not to jeopardise repair of painful or healing structures.
If you require any further information or would like to discuss the suitability of a case, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (03) 9553 0896
Alternatively if you would like to refer a patient, please download a Veterinary Referral Form to send with the patient or fax through to us.
Please let your client know they will need to complete a New Patient Registration Form prior to coming to their initial appointment.