HOW THIS WORKS
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Things You Need To Know
Sometimes it’s obvious that your animal needs therapy. Other times changes happen so gradually they’re easy to miss. Or perhaps your animal is good at hiding pain and discomfort. Here are some signs that you and your animal might need an appointment.
• Animal isn’t putting pressure/weight on a limb
• Difficulty jumping or doing normal activities of daily living
• Slow to rise from laying down or difficulty laying down
• Decreased energy
• Muscle loss
• Post-operative or in need of surgery
• Animal is experiencing pain
• Regular tune up, pre- or post-agility, competition preparation, injury prevention
• You want a broader perspective of what complementary care can offer
I’ll start the initial appointment by investigating your animal’s physical alignment.
Then I’ll look at the less obvious factors contributing to their situation, such as disposition, diet, environmental factors and household or barn patterns. This allows me to gain a deeper understanding of what brought them here.
It’s important to understand your animal’s quirks, personality, first weeks of life (if known), medical history and normal behaviours to create a treatment plan that encompasses all aspects of your animal.
Just like us, animals are multifaceted!
Along with the animal’s musculoskeletal (MSK) condition, their gait, posture, pain, daily activities and constitution will be taken into account. Examples of constitution are hot vs. cold, timid or anxious vs. angry or despondent, are they better in the morning or evening?
The presenting symptoms, along with their constitution, will reveal the root cause of the animal’s condition and provide the roadmap to treat it.
Other factors I assess include:
• Checking the area of concern for changes in texture, tension, tonicity, temperature
• Flexibility with passive range of motion vs. with movement
• Tightness in the major muscle groups
• Muscle spasms when touched
• Areas that are painful to the touch
• Strength for their age/situation
• Is there muscle loss, if so on one side or both sides?
• Weight-bearing status
• Knuckling when walking
Helping Every Animal Live Well means being tuned in to the animal’s physical state but also their personality and constitution to give care that is truly holistic.
Understanding your expectations helps to guide the session. For example, if your concern is primarily pain management, post-operative care or senior support this will be the focus.
Findings, improvements and next steps are discussed at the end of each session.
• Ensure your animal doesn’t experience any major stressors just prior to the appointment. Having them in a calm mental state is the best place to start the session.
• Ensure they are exercised (if appropriate) and not too hungry.
• Liver or duck treats (dogs) and apples or carrots (horses) are used as motivation and reward during their session.
• If your animal is on a special diet or has a favourite treat, have them available to use during their appointment.
• Be prepared that, initially, you may be asked to be your animal’s personal cheerleader until they get used to what’s happening. The best motivation for an animal during treatment is encouragement from their family.
• Have your animal relieve themselves just prior to their session.
• Appointments can be scheduled Monday through Saturday, or Sunday by special request/circumstance.
• Cancellation must be made 24 hours in advance. If less, and the timeslot is filled, there’s no charge. However, if the spot remains open fees will apply.
• If there is a medical emergency contact your Primary Care Veterinarian or Emergency Clinic. This is not DVM service.
Services are not a substitute for veterinary care; rather complimentary care.