What is it, who has it and what can you do about it? Pain is whatever you or your pet says it is…pain is a uniquely individual experience.  Pain is actually quite difficult to quantify in our animal patients as they can’t tell us what it feels like.  It could be sharp and stabbing or […]

To heat or to cool? That is the question!

Should you be using heat or cold on your pet? Thermotherapy (heat) and cryotherapy (cold) are great modalities that can be utilised in the clinic and at home but when should you use them? Thermotherapy is normally used when we want to warm the tissues and is great for using over any arthritic joints or […]

Should my pet go swimming or use the underwater treadmill?

Here at Active Pet we much prefer the underwater treadmill for hydrotherapy and there are several reasons for this… 1. We find that dogs (and cats) who aren’t keen on water don’t mind going in the tank. We suspect that is because they always keep their feet on the ground and we get them used […]

Early physiotherapy helps after cruciate surgery in dogs

Physiotherapy and hydrotherapy are best started as soon after cruciate surgery as possible. In an ideal world we would love to see dogs before they undergo their cruciate surgery.  This helps to get them used to walking through the treadmill and we can set our owners up with some physiotherapy exercises to do in the […]

Veterinary Rehabilitation for Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease

How rehabilitation and physiotherapy is used in dogs who have had Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease Here is Issy one of our patients using the land treadmill as part of her rehabilitation. Issy had Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease which meant that she had to have the ball of her left hip removed. Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease mainly affects small breed dogs and […]

Mince Pie Mingle

  Christmas has come and gone, But the dark nights and rain keep going on. We all need a bit of cheering up, So come and joins us with your pup. There will be drinks and nibbles, And probably some doggy kibble. We’d love to see you and friends, So pop along and do attend! […]

Christmas Opening Hours at Active Pet

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  Thank you to all of our wonderful clients and patients for your custom this year.  We have really enjoyed looking after you and look forward to continuing to keep everyone fit, healthy and pain-free in 2016. Our batteries are in need of […]

Chronic Pain CPD Mon 5th October

Chronic pain can arise from a small injury/painful insult and surgery as well as from ongoing conditions such as osteoarthritis.  For those of you wishing to further your knowledge of chronic pain in small animals we will be hosting a CPD day on Monday 5th October at the clinic.  Samantha Lindley who is the Veterinary […]

L.A.S.E.R Therapy

The term laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, which would be a bit of a mouthful if you had to say that every time!  Light therapy or phototherapy is the use of light for therapeutic purposes and has been prescribed for thousands of years in the form of sunlight.  […]

Heat Therapy

We will often use and recommend thermotherapy using heat as a treatment in the clinic and at home. Heat can have several physiological effects and the most important are… 1. Increased circulation (vasodilation) 2. Pain relief 3. Increased soft tissue extensibility 4. Relaxation of muscle spasm You would not want to use heat where there […]