We are fortunate to be able to offer physiotherapy services from our Haverfordwest clinic. We have teamed up with local physiotherapist, Lisa Mazengarb, who is dedicated to a scientific evidence-based approach to animal physiotherapy.
Lisa trained with the respected College of Animal Physiotherapy and graduated with a merit in her diploma. Lisa has worked in a canine hydrotherapy centre in Nottingham and has also completed a level 3 in small animal hydrotherapy. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT), a professional body that ensures a high quality of professional service. IAAT is recognised by all main animal insurance companies.
Physiotherapy affects the soft tissues in the body including the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It helps to create the correct biological conditions for repair. Physiotherapy can help recovery after injury or surgery and can help offer support if the animal is suffering from a chronic condition. It can be beneficial for a range of orthopaedic and neurological conditions, and offer support pre- and post-operatively by reducing pain and inflammation, soft tissue stretching and increased range of motion.
Some conditions for which we use physiotherapy include:
- Recovery from fracture repair
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Cruciate ligament injury
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Degenerative Myelopathy
Canine sporting activities are becoming increasingly popular, however training and competing can put a large amount of strain on the body. Injuries through repetitive strain on the joints and soft tissue are becoming more common
place. Whatever your sport, sharp twists and turns, falls, running on uneven ground, jumping and sliding stops can push the body to its limit; unsurprisingly the tissue sometimes fails, leading to injury. Many repetitive injuries may first show as a change in behaviour or by a reduction in performance and enthusiasm, leading to reduced scores and a stalling of your progress.
If your canine athlete has injured themselves, you will first need a consultation with one of our vets to determine the nature of the injury. Once a veterinary examination has been carried out, and if the vet feels that physio will help then you will be referred to Lisa for a further assessment. You will be seen in one of our dedicated consulting rooms at Haverfordwest where you vet will be available at all stages to discuss your progress with the physiotherapist.
If you’d like any more information about this service just ask a member of staff.