Guernsey Wellness Centre
Here at the Guernsey Wellness Centre, you will find facilities such as physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, laser therapy and acupuncture.
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?
Our hydrotherapy centre contains an aquatic treadmill to help control exercise accurately, as well as a jacuzzi hot spa for muscle relaxation and stretching.
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 acupuncture therapy?
Acupuncture involves the placing of needles into particular points on the body for pain relief, or in some cases, to help the body deal with other diseases. It has been practiced for thousands of years and is widely used in human as well as veterinary medicine today.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works through stimulating the nervous system and immune system. The needles are thought to block pain messages from reaching the brain as well as encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning. Acupuncture is especially useful in combination with medication for treating chronic pain, and in some cases may reduce your pet’s requirements for medication.
Most of the time animals accept the fine needles very well and often even become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment.
When is acupuncture helpful for pets?
Pain is the most common reason for seeking acupuncture. Usually this is pain associated with arthritis, but it can also be used for treating muscle strains, or pain secondary to disc disease and bony changes of the spine. Acupuncture is also used for pain control following orthopaedic or spinal surgery. When an animal has a painful limb they often compensate for the pain by shifting their weight onto the other limbs which can cause further muscle tension and fatigue. Acupuncture can help reduce muscle 'knots' to allow a quicker return to normal function.
Functional conditions such as constipation or urinary disorders in cats and irritable bowel type problems in dogs may also respond to acupuncture.
What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive method which helps to control pain. It reduces pain and inflammation while at the same time accelerating tissue regeneration by increasing circulation and drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This helps to reduce painful inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
Laser light uses the energy of photons to increase blood supply to the injury site as well as the production of collagen which is the building block for tissue repair which results in more rapid healing.
When is laser therapy helpful for pets?
Laser therapy can be used after surgery to speed up wound healing and can reduce the need for pain relief medication. Specifically, it can help with:
- Wound healing
- Bone and cartilage repair
- Ligament and tendon conditions
- Pain management
- Nerve and spinal cord problems
All Wellness Centre therapies are discussed during an in-depth assessment with the vet, and are tailored to your pet’s individual needs.
Wellness Centre Location
The Wellness Centre
Vets4Pets Guernsey, The Bridge
Mont Crevelt House
Mon 08:30-11:00 then 15:00-18:00
Tues 08:30-11:00 then 15:00-18:00
Wed 08:30-11:00 then 15:00-18:00
Thu 08:30-11:00 then 15:00-18:00
Fri 08:30-11:00 then 15:00-18:00
Sat & Sat Closed
Meet the Wellness Centre team
Veterinary Nurse, RVN, NAVP
I qualified as a vet nurse in 2000, & have worked in the UK & Jersey in referral & first opinion practices. In 2004, I achieved qualification with NAVP (the National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists) & developed the Physiotherapy department at New Era Vet Hospital in Jersey for small & large animals. In 2008, I moved to Guernsey & worked for Vets4Pets as a Chartered Accounting Technician until 2012 when I opened Four Legged Physio, an independent mobile vet physio service. In recent years I gained further qualifications from the University of Tennessee, a globally recognised centre of animal rehabilitation, in both the canine & equine programs (CCRP & CERP). When Vest4Pets opened the Wellness Centre on Bulwer Avenue in December 2016, I jumped at the chance to utilise a fully equipped physio department for the small animals of Guernsey. Outside of this, I still treat large animals with my FLP business & have also become a Hatha Yoga teacher for the two legged species of the island. With a lifelong passion for travelling, I've worked in animal rescue centres across the world, & hope to do much more in the future. I live on a sailing yacht with my partner, Marcus & our Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Banksy. MrB, as he is called for short, is an avid lover of physiotherapy exercises, a model mascot for the Vets4Pets Wellness Centre.
Veterinary Surgeon, MRCVS
I graduated from Cambridge University in 2003, having always wanted to be a vet! I have worked in both mixed and small animal practices in the UK before switching to working with purely pet animals. I have a particular interest in eyes and ocular disorders, and studied part time for several years with various specialists to obtain the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology. I am now thrilled to be working with Lorna at the Vets4Pets Guernsey Wellness Centre, offering specialist treatments and care for the pets of Guernsey. At home I have three cats and a dog, all rescue animals. In Guernsey I enjoy growing my own veggies, hanging out at the beach with my two children and getting the odd surf in. Who could ask for more?!