Hong Kong’s First Dedicated Pet Physiotherapy Centre
Veterinary Physiotherapy has proven effectiveness for pets recovering from an injury or surgery, as well as in treating obesity, orthopaedic conditions, spinal and neurological diseases and certain degenerative and age-related diseases. At Kowloon veterinary hospital our animal physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are all designed by our experienced veterinarian physiotherapists and certified feline and canine physical therapy experts. Each program is individually tailored to ensure your pet gets the best possible outcome. We welcome all animals but our speciality is feline and canine physical therapy.
Techniques involved in animal physical therapy and rehabilitation or “vet physio” as it is more commonly known, includes massages, stretching, muscular strengthening activities, heat and ice treatment, assistive harnesses, laser therapy, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture.
Hydrotherapy is highly beneficial for building muscle in animals with fragility in joints or muscles, where it safely and gently rebuilds strength, coordination, and gait. Additionally, hydrotherapy may be helpful in treating chronic pain conditions. This is especially helpful for dog rehabilitation requirements
Our specially trained veterinary physiotherapist team is the first in Hong Kong to offer hydrotherapy as part of their animal physical therapy for excellent results with many conditions and ailments. We even offer physiotherapy home visits for pets who find travelling to the clinic difficult or painful.
We also have a range of rehab products and assistive devices to aim for a speedy recovery from injury or surgery or to improve mobility and comfort in pets with chronic disease.
Cases in which we recommend physiotherapy:
- Pain management
- Recovery from neurological (spinal) injury of illness
- Ageing gracefully
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Recovery from Orthopaedic (bone) injury or surgery
- Ligament or muscle tear or surgery
- Postoperative pain
- Weight loss programs
Benefits of Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy
- Reduce pain, swelling and complications
- Ease back, neck and pelvic pain
- Improve mobility, muscle function, nerve and joint function
- Restore muscle strength, endurance, range of motion and speed
- Minimize muscle atrophy
- The treatment is non-invasive
- Reduce chronic pain and prevent further injuries
- Reduced need for medications
Treatments are provided by Dr Amanda Roddam. Dr Roddam has been a practising veterinarian since 1993, and clinic owner since 2011. Her qualifications include an Acupuncture Degree through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy, and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT).
On the pet’s initial visit, there will be a comprehensive assessment to devise goals of treatment and a treatment plan. Treatment will commence on the initial visit and the pet owner will be provided with a program of instructions for continuing therapy at home. Example: Dog owners will receive full instructions to carry out home canine physiotherapy requirements that will complement the vet physio done under supervision.
Patients will commence physiotherapy as soon as possible after injury, surgery or diagnosis to limit pain and inflammation, limit muscle atrophy and joint stiffness and prevent secondary complications of immobilisation.
Veterinary physiotherapists and rehabilitation therapists are highly trained to deliver very precise and often very gentle treatments so as to not jeopardise repair of painful or healing structures.