FAQ

  • Is treatment at the SMART Clinic appropriate for my dog?

If your dog has any form of mobility or pain management problem, then they would most likely benefit from treatment at the SMART Clinic. Feel free to contact us to discuss the possibility of treatment.

 

  • Can I refer my own dog to the SMART Clinic?

We are only able to see dogs who have been referred by a vet. We are happy to communicate with your vet about the suitability of treatment.

 

  • What makes the SMART Clinic unique?

We are one of the few centres in the UK offering vet-led, vet-delivered rehabilitation therapy. The in-depth knowledge of systemic pathology, surgical techniques, pharmacology, physiology and anatomy that this brings contributes to providing a very high level of treatment. We are also very lucky to have the expertise of ACPAT Veterinary Physiotherapists on our team, who bring gold-standard skill and expertise in physical therapies.

 

  • How long is the first appointment?

Ninety minutes long. This involves an extensive history review, gait evaluation, palpatory assessment, orthopaedic and neurological examination if appropriate. We also start treatment and start to design a home physiotherapy exercise programme. We discuss our plan and expectations from the programme.

 

  • How many sessions are required?

We are completely focussed on the individual. Therefore it is impossible to be prescriptive and predict how many sessions will be required. The majority of cases attend the clinic once or twice a week for the first 4-8 weeks and then as a sustained improvement is seen we start to reduce the treatment frequency.

 

  • Does the SMART Clinic only treat dogs?

No. Cats are welcome too. If you have a small animal such as a rabbit, who may benefit from treatment, do get in touch to discuss this.

 

  • Is the clinic open in the evenings?

We run late clinics until 8pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in the Cardiff clinic and until 6pm on Tuesday and  7:30pm on Thursday in the Swansea clinic.

 

  • How much input is required from the patient’s family in the rehabilitation programme?

Most patients have a programme of homework, which is individually applied physiotherapy exercises. The exercise programme will develop as the dog progresses. Those who do their homework exercises conscientiously often progress the fastest and most successfully.