Pet Therapy

ACUPUNCTURE

Animals are incredibly good at tolerating pain and, sadly, can often suffer in silence 

Managing your pet’s pain is one of our highest priorities and we are delighted to be able to offer acupuncture as a cost-effective and hugely beneficial form of pain management.

Acupuncture is a complementary medicine in which fine needles are inserted in the skin at specific points, which can alleviate pain and suffering in animals.

Acupuncture can also offer an effective alternative to pets who are allergic to painkillers and can also decrease muscle spasms and improve the mobility in arthritic pets.

Principle of Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital, Micaela Wright is an experienced acupuncturist and can be found on the register of acupuncturists. She is also happy to take on referrals from other veterinary centres.

LASER THERAPY

Therapeutic Lasers have been scientifically proven in treating post-surgical pain and many acute and chronic conditions. 

Clinical studies have shown that laser therapy can help alleviate pain and inflammation, reduce swelling, stimulate nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair and can be used for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Wounds & BItes
  • Skin Disorders such as Hot Spots and Lick Granulomas
  • Acute & Chronic Otitis (inflammation of the ear canal)
  • Dental Disease
  • Post-Operative Healing 
  • Acute Traumas such as sprains and strains

The benefits of laser therapy include:

  • Effective relief of pain, inflammation & swelling 
  • Extremely well tolerated by pets 
  • No known side-effects
  • Can decrease the need for surgery & medication
  • Reduced healing time
  • Requires no sedation or fur clipping 
  • Quick to administer 
  • Owners can sit with their pets while the treatment is carried out 

Laser therapy can be booked as an extended appointment with the Vet or Veterinary Nurse and is also offered as an add on therapy for surgical procedures to assist with wound healing for a small additional charge.

For chronic conditions, a course of laser treatments can be purchased at a reduced cost, and many insurance companies will also include Laser Therapy as a complimentary therapy on their insurance policies.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

Physiotherapy is rapidly becoming an essential part of rehabilitation for injured pets and those recovering from surgery. 

Veterinary physio can be used alongside medical and surgical procedures and can help treat a range of conditions. It also assists with the healing process and the return of full function following injury or orthopaedic surgery.

It can also aid management of pre-existing conditions such as osteo-arthritis and many pet insurance policies will now cover physiotherapy as part of a treatment regime.

We are delighted to have Rebecca Heald, an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist, working alongside our practice to provide a full physiotherapy service.

Rebecca can provide expert assessment, treatment and a home programme designed specifically for each individual patient. She can also teach you some hands-on techniques and give advice to make a real difference in your pet’s rehabilitation, and long-term health management.

Please note that all pets require veterinary consent prior to their first appointment with Rebecca, ensuring continuity of care and specific rehabilitation requirements are met.

Rebecca is a member of ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy), and can be contacted on 07734 958335, or by email on rebecca@healdphysio.co.uk. For further information, please visit her website at www.healdphysio.co.uk

NURSE CLINICS

Pets play such an important role in our families and caring for them is a huge responsibility. Not only do they need love and affection, but they will also require veterinary attention.

If you find yourself needing regular medical advice, then our clinics could be a great way for you to speak to a member of our veterinary team.

Our Nurse Clinics include:

Weight Clinics

A free service run by Michelle Baldwin and Lisa Lewis. If you would like help or dietary advice to help your pet lose weight and have a better quality of life, pop along and pick up some tips.

Diabetic Clinics

This service is run by Michelle Baldwin and is an important way for owners of diabetic pets to receive extra help and advice. Michelle is also able to help with glucose monitoring.

Senior Pet Health Clinics

Our exceptional team check all senior pets for signs of disease that can be caused by the ageing process. They are longer consultations, providing you with the time to discuss any concerns you have for your pet.

Advice can range from diet and exercise to general old age and you will also see a vet to have your pet’s heart checked.

Puppy and Kitten Clinics

These clinics give you the perfect opportunity to give your new pet the best possible start in life. It’s also free of charge and we’ll go through all aspects of your pet care including diet, vaccinations, preventative healthcare and neutering. 

If you would like more information on any aspect of laser therapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy, to learn more about the specialist Nurse clinics, or to book an appointment with a member of our veterinary team, please call 01325 380111 or email Stanhope Park Veterinary Hospital at info@stanhope-vet.co.uk.