Weald Vet Physio

Equine and Canine Physiotherapy

  • "Thank you so much for treating Max. Since you saw him he has felt amazing and is moving so much better. All the problems we were experiencing have disappeared and I’ve recommended you to my friends."

    Mrs M

  • "Rosie had 3 sessions close together; each time we could noticeably see the improvement. The tension in her shoulders had gone and the pain behind the saddle was diminishing plus her hamstrings had softened. Rosie now has maintenance treatments to keep her supple. Thank you Katie, unbelievable work"

    Mrs E

Does you animal need Physiotherapy?

Animals cannot tell us where the pain or problem lies and these often manifest as behavioural or schooling problems or even reduced performance. Animals respond well to physiotherapy techniques and modalities such as soft tissue work including Bowen Therapy, stretches, electrotherapies and exercise programs.

How to book

Appointment booking is easy and can be made by either the owner or referring veterinary practice.

Telephone Katie on 07977 008998 or leave a message on the answering service.

Vets can forward the referral form and any case notes via email to wealdvetphysio@gmail.com

EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPY

As a horse owner and competitive rider I understand how much time and love we invest in our horses to keep them fit and healthy and how our horses can sustain injuries, experience health related issues or even a temporary drop in performance. Physiotherapy and/or Bowen Therapy can help your horse in many ways and as with humans regular Physiotherapy or Bowen treatments can also be very effective in maintaining musculo-skeletal balance and keep your horse supple.

Even if your horse does not have any issues, I recommend you still have your horse checked so any small problems can be detected early and prevented. Common problems seen are issues arising from saddles, feet and foot balance.

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Horse Physiotherapy
The Injured Horse

Horses can develop wounds, soft tissue injuries and even fractures following accidents or during training and competitions. After the initial veterinary diagnosis I will work with your vet during rehabilitation to optimise healing, minimise scar tissue formation and reduce/manage pain.

The performance horse

The sport horse is an elite athlete. Physiotherapy can help improve flexibility and mobility, as well as helping to enhance tissue recovery post competition. Competition riders are often very aware of subtle changes to their horse’s performance and proactively book a treatment with me. Many of my clients who compete book a visit before an important show and I recommend a treatment approximately one week before a show.

The older horse

Physiotherapy can help relieve aches and pains associated with the ageing process and thus provide the horse with a better quality of life.

Signs that your horse may require physiotherapy

  • Loss of performance
  • Stiffness
  • Lameness
  • Jumping issues
  • Lethargy
  • Saddle sensitivity
  • Pain response
  • Behavioural changes
  • Stumbling and tripping
  • Unexplained muscle loss

Conditions that can commonly benefit from physiotherapy

  • Trauma and soft tissue isses
  • Wound repair
  • Back problems
  • Fractures
  • Muscle asymmetry
  • Tendon and ligament damage
  • Lameness and gait abnormalities
  • Compensatory issues
  • Saddle problems
  • Pain management
  • Sporting/performance maintenance
  • Geriatric maintenance
  • Obesity

What should I expect from a Physiotherapy session?

Please allow 1-1.5 hours so I can assess the following during the visit:

  • History
  • Gait Analysis
  • Palpation
  • Treatment
  • Aftercare and suitable exercises (if required)
  • Vet report

Horse Physiotheraphy

Pricing and payment

Price

Initial Assessment and treatment: £55 (1 hour-1.5 hours) Follow up treatment: 1 hour: £50 / 30 minutes: £40 Prices reflect time spent with your horse.

Payment

Payment is accepted by cash, cheque or balance transfer and payable on the day of an appointment. Appointments cancelled before 24hrs will not incur a charge, cancellations within 24hrs will incur a 50% charge.

Horses will need to be held by the owner or a competent handler at all times and it may be necessary to see the tack, so please have this available

Discounts are available for group yard visits. All treatments are undertaken at your yard. If your horse is in need of physiotherapy, then please speak to your veterinary surgeon regarding a referral.

No travel charges apply within 10 miles of Maidstone and Ashford*. Further than 10 miles is charged at 50p per mile. Please contact me for a price.

*Mileage is worked out via Google maps

Law

Please note by law (Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966) consent from your veterinarian prior to treatment is mandatory. I will ask you to sign to say you have permission from your vet and if you prefer I am happy to contact your veterinarian directly before and also after treatment.

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CANINE PHYSIOTHERAPY

Canine Physiotherapy is for all dogs from your pet, agility dog, greyhound, show dog, police dog or gun dog. Physiotherapy helps to maintain fitness levels, improve performance, increase your dog’s physical and emotional well-being and reduce the risk of injury.

Horse Physiotherapy
The Injured Dog

Dogs can damage themselves in a number of ways from falls, twists and turns, road traffic accidents and sporting/performance injuries. Physiotherapy can help in the treatment and rehabilitation of dogs that have suffered from fractures as well as muscle, tendon and ligament damage. In these situations I work closely with your veterinarian to help reduce pain, enhance healing and restore your dog to his/her previous function.

Orthopaedic/Congenital conditions

Conditions such as cruciate disease and hip dysplasia can reduce function and cause pain. Working with your veterinarian I can design physiotherapy programmes to help improve your dog's quality of life.

Neurological problems

Physiotherapy can help with pain relief as well as gait re-education and exercise programmes to help improve movement of dogs with a neurological deficit.

Post surgery

In these situations I work closely with your veterinarian to aid in the rehabilitation process. Early physiotherapy intervention and treatment can enhance recovery and hopefully prevent further complications.

Physiotherapy can treat the following conditions

  • Muscle, tendon or ligament injuries
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease
  • Pre and post-orthopaedic surgery
  • Spinal surgery rehabilitation
  • Neurological conditions
  • Wound repair
  • Pain management
  • Sporting/performance maintenance
  • Obesity
  • Geriatric maintenance

Other signs to be aware of that your dog may require physiotherapy

  • Stiffness
  • Unusual behaviour
  • Difficulty with function
  • Difficulty transitioning from sit to stand
  • Lameness or different gait
  • Pain response
  • Unwilling to be touched or groomed

Pricing and payment

Price

Initial Assessment and treatment: £45 (1 hour-1.5 hours) Follow up treatment: 1 hour: £40 / 30 minutes: £25 Prices reflect time spent with your dog.

Payment

Payment is accepted by cash, cheque or balance transfer and payable on the day of an appointment. Appointments cancelled before 24hrs will not incur a charge, cancellations within 24hrs will incur a 50% charge.

If you feel your dog is in need of physiotherapy, then please speak to your veterinary surgeon regarding a referral or contact me and I will discuss with your veterinarian prior to treatment.

Appointments are at your home or your preferred location. Appointments are tailored to each individual dog and the presenting condition so the price may vary. I will discuss this with you prior to treatment. In addition discounts are available for block sessions (should several sessions be required) or multiple dogs.

I cover Kent and Sussex although I can travel to London, Surrey or Essex if required. No travel charges apply within 10 miles of Maidstone and Ashford*. Further than 10 miles is charged at 50p per mile. Please contact me for a price.

*Mileage is worked out via Google maps

Law

Please note by law (Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966) consent from your veterinarian prior to treatment is mandatory. I will ask you to sign to say you have permission from your vet and if you prefer I am happy to contact your veterinarian directly before and also after treatment.

Horse Physiotheraphy

About me

Weald Veterinary Physiotherapy is owned by Katie George BSc Hons, AdvCertVPhys, MIRVAP, Cert ECBS, Cert CEB a registered Veterinary Physiotherapist. Weald Veterinary Physiotherapy offers a mobile physiotherapy and rehabilitative care service throughout the South East (predominately Kent and Sussex) to pet owners and competitors for their dogs, horses and other family pets.

Katie is a fully insured and registered member of IRVAP (The Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists). Membership of IRVAP requires at least 25 hours a year of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so Katie regularly expands her clinical knowledge by attending a variety of CPD courses. IRVAP members are also covered by many insurance policies.

Katie has a wealth of experience with animals. Katie started riding at a young age and achieved a lot of success as a teenager competing her first pony in show jumping competitions around the county. Katie currently owns a variety of animals including an ex race horse who she regularly competes and Katie also keeps busy helping her daughter with her pony. Katie is also a qualified Human and Equine Bowen Therapist so can offer Bowen Therapy treatments to owners and riders (for more information visit The Bowen Room).

Privacy Policy

The personal data I collect about you will include data relating to your name and address, and the health and history of your animal.

This data will be securely stored for up to 7 years, and will only be used by myself for communication with you. It will be used as a record of your animal and any changes that may occur in health, well-being or performance. You may have access to it, and have the right to ask to have it erased.

Should you have a complaint, you have the right to request contact details of the supervising authority / association in order to lodge this.

Information will only be shared with the animals vet or other professionals as requested by you and the animals vet.