• Dog Physiotherapy at Kentdale Vets

Why should I bring my pet to Kentdale for Veterinary Physiotherapy?

Kentdale Referrals is one of the UK’s leading Specialist-led Orthopaedic, Spinal and Soft Tissue small animal referral centres. Veterinary Physiotherapist Eugenie Wilcocks works closely with our multidisciplinary team in providing gold standard patient care to optimise your pet’s recovery.

What is Veterinary Physiotherapy?

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Veterinary Physiotherapy is an evidence-based profession encompassing a range of non-invasive therapies to relieve pain.

It also improves quality of life, enhance post-operative rehabilitation, restore function and promote performance for a variety of canine conditions.




What Physiotherapy Treatments are Available?

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    Class IV laser therapy
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
  • NMEs and TENs therapy
  • Soft tissue manual therapies including: trigger point therapy,
    myofascial release
  • Cryotherapy
  • Photizo therapy
  • Rehabilitative home exercise programs consisting
    of core strengthening and conditioning and gait repatterning exercises.

What can I expect if my pet Undergoes Physiotherapy?

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Your pet may first meet our Veterinary Physiotherapy team as an inpatient recovering from surgery, or as an outpatient.

If your pet is recovering from surgery, a personalised rehabilitation plan will be developed and will include specific advice about how to manage your pet once they have returned home. 

Many of our patients return to see our physiotherapist to further their rehabilitation and ensure the best possible outcome and increase in mobility.

As an outpatient, a full history of your pet’s condition will be taken. Your pet’s posture as well as how they stand and move will be closely assessed and a tailor-made treatment plan will be devised to address any of your pet’s issues. This could include manual therapies such as massage, or electrotherapies such as class IV therapy. A customised exercise plan will then be created for you to work on at home with your pet.

Eugenie believes in treating patients holistically by working alongside our referring Vets, Hydrotherapist’s, Osteopaths, Behaviourists, Trainers and, most importantly, their owners. Treatments are gentle yet effective and the majority of patients find them relaxing.

Meet our Veterinary Physiotherapist

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Eugenie Wilcocks, Veterinary Physiotherapist

A member of the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) and the Register of Animal Musculoskeletal Practitioners (RAMP), Eugenie graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy from Harper Adams University.

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  • Our fur baby Teddy was referred in early Jan and had an operation for lameness in his hind left knee.

    The Vet who dealt with Teddy was Joe alongside and the brilliant nursing team.

    The care and concern for our Teddy from the start was and is 1st class, I could not speak highly enough of the whole Practice.

    A week after his operation Teddy had a set back with a fracture in his leg. Kentdale and Joe took Teddy straight back in at a moment’s notice when he was in great distress and operated the very next day.

    They have cared so much for our Teddy and he is just post op but is being kept comfortable and happy.

    Again, from the bottom of our hearts.  Thank you to Joe and the whole team at Kentdale, we would recommend this Practice to everyone that wants 1st class care for their precious fur babies.

    They are doing absolutely everything possible for a positive outcome for our Teddy and we get our baby back tomorrow and their aftercare advice and service has been as top class as all their other care.

    We are forever grateful. 

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Chris Field

  • We appreciate the clear explanation of what you did in surgery and what aftercare we had to do. We went away feeling completely supported.

    Rubi's Mum and Dad

  • Hello, we had our annual review with Simon today and I would just like to say another big Thank you for transforming our beautiful Buz's life. It’s just lovely to see him so happy, pain free and a typical blooming obsessive mad collie!!! His keeping us fit... can I give him back!!! Anyway, we’re only too glad to give you a testimonial for your new website.

    Our dog Buz had severe hip dysplasia, he was referred to Kentdale over 2 years ago and basicaly they have been our saviour!! He was in so much pain, he couldn’t walk far, he didn’t play and was a very sad “lazy” collie. We had a traumatic 18months ending up with 3 hip replacements. However after all of this we have had an amazing transformation, he is pain free, fun loving collie who is just now having his puppyhood! He has gone from one young dog on a serious amount of pain relief to none. He runs and bounds forever! We have been so grateful to the vets and staff to the care, treatment and support they have not only provided to our Buz but also to us! I call Simon our very own “Supervet” but the whole practise is outstanding. Buz is now like the bionic dog. I really thought when he dislocated his 2nd hip it was the end of the line, but no we were reassured something can be done to help make his life pain free. We just had to trust them. We did and we are forever grateful.

    Deb & Tom Nicholson

  • It is now 18 months since our first visit to Kentdale Vets where our dog was referred due to his lameness. We have found all the staff we have dealt with at the practice during this period to be extremely caring and helpful – the vets, physiotherapist, nurses and administrators. They really care about the outcomes for your pet and spend a lot of time explaining both the problems and any proposed treatment to owners. They understand just how stressful it is for owners as well as the animals and how crucial good communication is.

    Our dog was initially treated by Graham who carried out an arthroscopy and ulnar osteotomy after diagnosing elbow dysplasia. Graham performed this procedure immediately after undertaking a new scan as the scan provided by our general vets wasn’t fit for purpose and Graham wanted to save our dog the trauma of an additional anaesthetic. The procedure went well and after a few weeks we then progressed to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy with Donna who is highly qualified in this area Although our dog was better for a few months his condition worsened about a year ago. We returned to Graham who then referred us to Simon, the specialist within the practice for the Arthrex Cue procedure. This is a more invasive and complex procedure involving implants which reduce bone rubbing against bone within the elbow joint.

    Simon was reluctant to do this procedure initially as it is so invasive, and he didn’t feel our dog was bad enough to warrant it at that stage. We were reassured by their approach which has been about what is in the pet’s best interest rather than that of the practice. Simon was also keen to ensure that there weren’t any contributory shoulder problems too, so our dog underwent diagnostic procedures there.

    Further deterioration resulted in our dog undergoing the Arthrex Cue procedure six weeks ago. We met Louise for the first time at his admission for this procedure. She took great care to understand what makes our dog tick so that they could minimise his anxiety whilst there. Our dog was there for four nights, which was twice as long as his previous longest stay and seemed like an eternity for us. However, we were given regular updates during the period and it was obvious that they were taking great care of him and making the effort to engage with him even though he didn’t want to be there. Our x-ray today has confirmed that our dog is making good progress.
    We highly rate this little practice which has a great team who go the extra mile. Having confidence in them has made this difficult period easier for us.

    It takes us an hour to travel there but we consider this a small price to pay for such good care.


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