In Person - Treatment Details

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What to Expect Before Treatment Consultation

Vet Referral

  • I always seek Vet Referral before I treat your pet.  It is against the law if I don't.  

  • I will also request relevant information regarding your dog's health.

Personal and Professional Service 

  • A unique experience for you and your dog.  Ensuring you and your dog dog feel comfortable and confident every step of the way.

  • Relaxed treatment sessions that won't be rushed.

  • My holistic approach means I treat your whole dog, not just area of concern.

  • Some dogs relax straight into their first treatment session, but for some it can take a while.  

  • Please be assured I will be guided by your dog and will always consider their physical, emotional and behavioural needs.

  • Dogs tend to respond most positively in a quiet, relaxed, safe and comfortable environment.  So if you have a busy home, please ensure a suitable treatment area is provided. 

Personal Confirmation

  • Confirmation by email of the date, time and location including Welcome Pack & Useful Links

  • Personal message reminder around 24 hours in advance.

  • Please ensure you don't feed your dog an hour before/after the treatment session. 

What To Expect During a Treatment Consultation - First Session – Usually 60-90 Minutes

Health History/Areas of Concern

  • During our first session, I will ask questions regarding exercise, diet, sleeping habits etc to get an overall picture and history of your dog.

  • I will also use any relevant information provided by your vet.

 

Observation

  • I will observe how your dog moves (gait analysis) – usually videoing so we have a benchmark – by watching your dog walk towards me, away from me.  I will also see how your dog sits and stands (static gait analysis).

  • This can help to identify possible areas of stiffness, pain, compensation movements/mobility.

 

Palpation & Assessment

  • I like to have a feel of your dog’s body from nose to tail to get them used to and start to trust me.  It's also a great way for me to feel for things like – hot/cold areas, trigger points, any particular areas where the dog is sore/sensitive or possible areas of pain and spasms etc. 

 

Full Body Treatment

  • Each treatment tends to depend on how the dog reacts to it, as all dogs are different. 

  • I will customise each session and apply the most appropriate techniques depending on your dog’s needs

What to Expect After a Treatment Session

Treatment Plan & Reporting

  • Bespoke Treatment Plan & Report - After each session, you will receive by email a PhysioMyDog Report which detail my findings and especially designed plan for you dog.  This report will detail things like exercise management, exercises, stretches or techniques you can perform yourself at home in between sessions.

  • Vet Report - I will also send a report to your vet and any other therapists you're working with so they are up to date with my findings.

Your Dog's Response

  • Treatment sessions release toxins, encourages blood and lymph circulation and stimulates the nervous system.  

  • After the treatment, keep your dog quiet, only allow light exercise, free access to water and going to the toilet. 

  • You may find your dog has some stiffness - this will ease over the next day or so and they may just sleep for the rest of the day.  

  • It can also make your dog feel instantly great and they will be immediately more active!

"Harriet has really helped our old boy Max a 14 year old Golden Retriever who has suffered with bad arthritis since undergoing earlier operations for both Cruciate Ligaments in his earlier years. Max seems more engaged since the treatments started and is finding it a lot easier to get off the floor and has also been doing the odd little jog now and then on his walks.

His treatment is fortnightly and he has hydro therapy in the intervening week. I have no hesitation in recommending Harriet she is a nice person to know and is very professional with her follow up questions after treatments.

 

Max obviously loves her as the benefits are immediate both during and after her visits and I think combined with the hydro has given him a new lease of life." John Purnell, Owner

Follow Up Sessions – 45-60 Minutes

  • As a rough guide, it often works well is to start off with 3 sessions, fairly close together and then maintenance sessions as needed.

  • I’m happy to work with you to discuss the best programme of treatments, allowing for your budget and animal’s needs.  

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