Every day we see patients with mobility and lameness problems. One thing leads to another and many patients suffer from chronic pain as a result. We are keen to see every one of these patients return to an enjoyment of exercise, at whatever level is appropriate.
With two nurses trained in rehabilitation and exercise therapy (BSAVA VN Merit Awards) and massage techniques, a vet trained in acupuncture, and a state-of-the-art laser therapy unit, let us put together a programme to suit you and your pet’s lifestyle. We can carry this out at the surgery, or teach you how to help your pet at home, with lots of useful tips on pain relief, joint movement and exercises.
If your pet is suffering from lameness, spinal or joint problems, age-related mobility problems, nerve or muscle weaknesses – don’t let them suffer in silence. There is much we can do, with or without drugs.
Exercise plans are also beneficial if your pet is overweight, or as part of a training plan for your working and agility dogs.
A new generation of therapy - Platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and Stem Cell Therapy
Since 2016 we have been offering V-Pet Platelet Rich Plasma therapy as part of the treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs.
The technique is carried out under a single anaesthetic, where a volume of blood is taken from the pet and filtered to concentrate platelets (PLT), white blood cells (WBC – some of which are stem cells), and their associated growth factors for use as a cell therapy. After filtration the platelet-rich-plasma fraction is injected directly into the affected joints, and is safer and more effective than traditional steroid/cortisone injections. In effect we are using the pet’s own natural anti-inflammatories to reduce inflammation and promote healing in a diseased joint.
It is a natural and safe therapy to relieve the pain of joint disease or injury, promote healing and reduce recovery time after injury or inflammation. Although the treament can be used in tendon and ligament injuries, most of the cases we use it on are suffering from osteoarthritis.
Each treatment can give a reduction in pain for 6-12+ months, and multiple joints can be treated under the same anaesthetic. In some cases we have been able to bring patients off pain-killers, or avoid their use in the first place. For further information click here.
We also offer Adishot stem cell therapy, which has similar (though potentially longer lasting) effects. Stem cell therapy involves surgically removing a small piece of fat (usually from your dog’s groin or abdomen), which is sent away to a laboratory to be grown into stem cells. The stem cells are delivered back to us on dry ice about 2 weeks later. We then inject these back into your dog’s joint under a second anaesthetic or deep sedation. For further information click here.