Paula McNinch – Physiotherapist
I qualified as a human physiotherapist in 1994 and undertook further training to specialise in treating animals in 2005. I am a member of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy. Physiotherapy for animals can be beneficial for a variety of conditions including post operative orthopaedic conditions, fractures, osteoarthritis, neurological problems, sporting and soft tissue/joint injuries, spinal conditions or performance problems in the working or sporting dog. Physiotherapy enhances the recovery process and aims to enable the dog to return to full function. Veterinary permission must be gained before physiotherapy treatment can begin.
I will assess the dog fully on the initial consultation and discuss a treatment plan with the owner. Treatment can include exercises, mobilisations, soft tissue work, electrotherapy and advice. Physiotherapy works well in conjunction with hydrotherapy to improve the wellbeing of the dog.