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(The Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 1962 allows for the treatment of animals by physiotherapy, provided that the animal has first been seen by a veterinary surgeon who has diagnosed the condition and decided that it should be treated by physiotherapy under his/her direction. 'Physiotherapy' is interpreted as including all kinds of manipulative therapy (therefore including Canine Myotherapy).

In addition, with referral from a veterinary surgeon, healthy animals can also be treated to help maintain their health or improve their performance in activities such as agility, bikejor, canicross, obedience, showing and general working.

If you would like to discuss treatments for your dog, please contact us as per the contacts page.  If you would like treatment for your dog, please download and print the following forms and please contact us once signed:

Authority to Practice

Form to be completed and signed by the owner/handler of the dog and to be presented at the first treatment.

Veterinary Consent

Form to be completed and signed by the dog’s veterinary surgeon and presented at the first treatment

The number of treatments undertaken is usually between three and four, spaced approximately a week apart.  Should owners wish to continue treatments to maintain the level reached, or reduce the threat of injury, these are usually monthly or longer, depending on an individual owners wishes.

So, what happens during treatment?

You need to allow approximately 1.5 hours for the first treatment, as we will attempt to obtain as many facts as possible that may help us discover how the injury [if relevant] occurred, when it occurred; exercise regime, environmental conditions, medical history. There will also be a visual inspection [stance, condition of coat, visualisation of stress lines etc] and of course, the notes from your vet.

A treatment session will then follow and the owner will be issued with some instructions to follow until the next session.

Most sessions after that will be approximately one hour.  We will ask how the dog has been during the past week, if you have followed the instructions that were issued and a new assessment will be taken before starting the next treatment.

Sometimes improvements are not noticed for the first couple of treatments, and often the dog will appear worse for the first four days before showing improvement.  It is recommended that the dog is not fed two hours before and two hours after a session, especially if treatment is carried out on the neck, as on rare occasions, this can make the dog sick, or even make movements loose.

If you ever have any concerns about your dog between treatments, please do not hesitate to contact us.