Rehabilitation of the feline patient: physiotherapy treatment as part of a multidisciplinary team approach

Abstract

The benefits of physical rehabilitation have been well documented in canine practice. It is far less applied and documented in feline practice and as such the benefits in treating feline patients are often missed and under utilised. There are many suitable physiotherapy techniques which can be successfully applied to the feline patient for the treatment of a variety of conditions. The key to successful rehabilitation is the early identification of suitable patients, an informative referral and the engagement of a correctly qualified physiotherapist to work as part of the multidisciplinary team both in acute and chronic conditions and in some cases as a preventative treatment.