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Guernsey Wellness Centre

Here at the Guernsey Wellness Centre, you will find facilities such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, electrotherapies, tips for remedial exercises and home adaptations for your pet.

Vets4Pets Guernsey now offers a Wellness Centre as part of a specialist approach to pet welfare and care.  We are dedicated to ensuring your pets are happy and healthy, and our brand new centre can help us to achieve this in all sorts of ways.  

When might I need to use the Wellness Centre?

The wellness centre can support your pet in a wide range of situations:

  • Chronic joint conditions such as osteoarthritis
  • Nerve related injuries and conditions
  • Pain management
  • Muscle loss and lameness
  • Weight loss
  • Recovery from major surgery

Treatments at the wellness centre compliment conventional treatment and pain medications, helping to speed up your pet’s recovery.  

How do I access the Wellness Centre? 

A vet may recommend referral of your pet to the Wellness Centre following surgery or during a health check consultation if they think it is appropriate. However, if you are concerned about your pet and think they could benefit from some of the treatments available at the Wellness Centre, please do give us a call to discuss.   

If we think the wellness centre could help, one of our vets will conduct an in-depth assessment of your pet.  This initial assessment will determine the treatment plan. This may include changes to medications, lifestyle changes, as well as therapies offered at the wellness centre – hydrotherapy, laser, physio, and acupuncture

We are happy to accept referrals from other practices.

Please call us on 01481 239101 if you would like to discuss your pet’s needs.

Wellness Centre Facilities

What is physiotherapy?  

Small animal physiotherapy is a complementary therapy for issues affecting physical movement. Any lameness arising from an injury, following an operation, or age-related conditions such as arthritis, can benefit.  The treatment is a gentle non-invasive approach to restoring function and strength to the body.  Appointments will include a physical assessment, manual therapy, electro-therapy, dynamic rehabilitation, and an individual exercise programme to continue in-between appointments. 

When is physiotherapy helpful for pets?

Physiotherapy can be used to improve post-op healing, orthopaedic complaints, improve fracture repair, ease pain in arthritic and diseased joints and slow down further degeneration. It also improves the range of joint movement as well as muscle tone and size. Owners can be taught additional massage, stretching and exercise techniques to keep their pet’s body in tip-top condition. 

What is hydrotherapy? 

Hydrotherapy is the use of water to perform controlled, therapeutic exercise. Exercise on an underwater treadmill has many benefits including increased resistance and buoyancy, this can limit pressure on joints, enhance range of movement, improve flexibility, increase muscle strength and stamina. The warm water also provides a very relaxing environment for your pet. 

When is hydrotherapy helpful for pets?

Hydrotherapy can help with many conditions, including rehabilitation following fractures, ligament damage, and nerve related injuries. It can help achieve weight loss and increase fitness. Additionally, it can help where a dog is reluctant to use a limb or there is lack of strength and movement.

What is electrotherapy? 

Electrotherapies are a range of therapeutic electrical waves that can produce biological benefits in our animals. Our veterinary physiotherapist is fully trained in a range of electrotherapies.

We can offer the following:

  • Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (LASER) therapy- this is a form of light energy that can help with pain relief and healing of soft tissues, such as skin, ligaments/tendons and muscle.
  • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy- this is a form of magnetic energy that can help with pain relief, reduces swelling and promotes bone healing.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) therapy- this is a form of electrically stimulating the nerves to produce a localised pain-relieving effect.

Exercise is an integral part of an animal’s life; having a healthy pet is largely determined by having a good balance between diet and exercise.

Not only is exercise essential for physical health, it is vital for mental stimulation as well.
We can prescribe specific, therapeutic exercises to help your pet restore their fitness and strength after injury and disease. Remedial exercises can also be used to improve general strength and prevent injury, particularly in working/athletic dogs.

Along with exercise, the home environment can greatly impact your pet. There are often small components of our animals’ lifestyle that we don’t take into consideration. For example; where your pet sleeps, flooring throughout the house, steps within or in and out of the house, how the house and garden/hutch is laid out. We can make certain recommendations so that your pet is more comfortable and able to enjoy the home environment.

Wellness Centre Location

The Wellness Centre 
Vets4Pets Guernsey, The Bridge
Mont Crevelt House
Bulwer Avenue
St Sampson
Guernsey
GY2 4LH 

Email: wellnesscentre@vets4pets.com

Opening hours:
Mon 09:00 - 18:00
Tues 09:00 - 18:00
Wed 09:00 - 18:00
Thu 09:00 - 18:00
Fri 09:00 - 18:00
Sat & Sat Closed

Your Veterinary Physiotherapist

Nikki Shingler

 

My name is Nikki Shingler and I am a fully qualified, IRVAP accredited, veterinary physiotherapist.

I have always loved animals, meaning I volunteered at animal rescue centres and veterinary practices from a young age. Naturally I wanted to continue this passion and create a career from it. I decided to study a BSc (Hons) degree in Veterinary Physiotherapy at Harper Adams University. There I learnt how veterinary physiotherapy can be used to help a range of animals.

As well as three years of learning theory and practical skills, I had a year gaining experience on an industry placement. I spent this time at an equine veterinary practice and a small animal rehabilitation centre, complete with a hydrotherapy unit. It was whilst at the rehabilitation centre that my passion for small animal physiotherapy really grew, I learnt so much about how to care for animals with a range of conditions that I felt compelled to continue in this field.

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