Post injury and post surgical Rehabilitation is an important aspect of Paula's work and she works in conjunction with the client's veterinary surgeon to develop a programme of exercises and, when appropriate, hydrotherapy which aims to facilitate a progressive return to activity.

Many animals require rehabilitation after surgery, acute injury or a chronic musculoskeletal injury. The aim when treating animals is to prevent re-injury and to improve function and mobility. Because of this philosophy, patients are given a specific exercise programme according to age, surgery/injury and lifestyle.

Treatment may include exercises to encourage:

It is important that each animal reaches its full potential. Walking exercise alone may not be specific enough and range of movement has to be regularly assessed and re-education of gait achieved.

When appropriate, muscle strengthening, mobility and confidence may be gained using hydrotherapy.