CURLY TAILS CANINE REHAB
Put their paws in safe hands
Providing the highest quality rehabilitation services to dogs, cats and other pets in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. I will work with you and your vet to help your pet feel better and get back to their normal activities as quickly as possible. Have a look around and contact me today to learn more about my approach and therapeutic services.
My name is Emily Buchanan and I am a Registered Veterinary Nurse with almost 20 years of experience in practice. I developed a passion for veterinary physiotherapy and rehabilitation as I wanted to do more for my own dogs who have faced various medical challenges. Having seen the positive effects first hand I founded Curly Tails Canine Rehab (named in honour of my beloved and broken pugs!) so I could help more pets feel better and get back to doing whatever they do best!
Having completed further study to become a qualified Galen Canine Myotherapist and Class 4 Laser Therapist, alongside my nursing experience and further study I have an excellent understanding of a wide range of conditions and a lot of experience with pets of all shapes and sizes! I can offer state of the art Class 4 Laser therapy, Galen Myotherapy and rehabilitation on a home visit basis or within vet practice.
I am fully insured and only work under veterinary referral.
HOW I WORK
The Veterinary Surgeons Act, 1966, requires that consent must be obtained from your veterinary surgeon prior to any treatment being carried out. Your pet should have been seen by their vet for the condition that they are being referred for. Full clinical history for your pet will also be requested at the time of referral so that I have all of the information I need to treat safely and effectively. You can ask your vet to provide consent using the attached form below. Alternatively, I am happy to obtain referral from your vet on your behalf - please contact me to discuss.
CHOICE LED TREATMENT
It is important to me that I build a trusting relationship with both you and your pet, so that I can work with them in a stress and fear free way. I will always work at their pace and allow them time to be comfortable with what I am doing, years of experience have taught me that this approach works wonders! As an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional I will not use force or restraint and am happy to discuss with you prior to booking if you feel that your pet is particularly nervous or frightened.
WORKING WITH YOU
I will keep you well informed at every step in your pets journey with me, whether it is only for a couple of treatments or for long term therapy. Your involvement in your pets treatment is very important to the process (no-one knows them better than you after all!) so I am always happy to answer any questions and discuss how they are getting on. I will also keep in touch with your vet by sending them regular progress reports.
What is Laser Therapy?
Class 4 Laser therapy is a state of the art light treatment which has proven benefits in a wide range of conditions. Simply put, Laser therapy uses light to stimulate the body's own healing processes, resulting in pain relief, improved circulation, improved healing times and reduced swelling and inflammation.
Is it safe?
Laser therapy is non invasive, safe, drug free and can be used alone or alongside other therapies (medications, massage, hydrotherapy etc). I have had extensive training on how to use this therapy safely and effectively, am fully insured and only work under veterinary referral.
How does it feel/does it hurt?
Your pet will feel soothing warmth as the treatment is applied and many animals find this very relaxing and appear to enjoy the treatment.
WHAT CAN LASER THERAPY BE USED FOR?
Whether your pet is rehabilitating from surgery or injury, healing from wounds, living with a chronic condition or simply ageing, your companion can benefit from this innovative treatment
Common conditions which respond well to laser therapy include
Chronic painful conditions such as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, IVDD and hip dysplasia
Recovery from surgery
Recovery from musculoskeletal injury, strains, sprains and stiffness
Following dental extractions
Chronic and actute otitis (ear infection)
Skin conditions such as hotspots
Respiratory conditions such as rhinitis, sinusitis and feline asthma
...and many more- please get in touch to discuss
Physiotherapy and massage form an important part of managing chronic conditions such as arthritis and are important in recovery from surgery or injury. These techniques are used to help relieve muscular stress and tension, improve strength and flexibility, reduce pain and improve emotional well being. Similarly to humans, most pets find massage soothing and relaxing so this can be a great addition to their routine.
As a veterinary nurse of many years experience I have an excellent understanding of physiotherapy techniques and as a Galen Canine Myotherapist I have undertaken additional study in remedial massage and myofascial release techniques- these focus on releasing the muscular tension that so often accompanies chronic mobility issues such as arthritis. Releasing this discomfort can have a huge positive impact on how the dog feels. I can also advise on suitable exercise and lifestyle management to maintain mobility and prevent injury. For more information on Galen Myotherapy click here
Please see my guide prices below, treatment rates will depend on the area(s) to be treated so will be calculated on an individual basis. If intending to claim on insurance please check your cover details with your insurance provider. Additional fees for mileage outside of the Stevenage area may apply.
LASER THERAPY SINGLE SITE
This will be suitable for treatment of a single area such as a wound, following surgery or for treatment of otitis (ear infection)
LASER THERAPY CHRONIC/MULTIPLE SITES
First session £55
Subsequent sessions from £45
This will be suitable for chronic and complex cases where multiple areas need to be treated. Examples include osteoarthritis, extensive injury or patients with multiple problem areas. First session is priced at £55 to allow for extra time to get to know your pet and create a treatment plan.
Galen Myotherapy is included in these sessions if appropriate at no additional cost
First session £55
Subsequent session £45
Includes massage using targeted techniques to ease muscular and myofascial tension, functional exercise and lifestyle management advice. First session is priced at £55 to allow for extra time to get to know your pet and create a treatment plan.
This is effective as a stand alone treatment in cases where Laser is not appropriate or can be combined with laser therapy at no additional cost.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I am a fully qualified and registered veterinary nurse (RVN) with approaching 20 years experience in practice. I have undertaken extensive extra study on canine osteoarthritis and am an accredited member of the Veterinary Osteoarthritis Alliance (VOA) and belong to the International Association of Animal Therapists (IAAT). I hold a laser safety certificate and have studied laser therapy theory and applications through the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA). I am a qualified Galen Canine Myotherapist and an Elite level Fear Free Certified Professional. I also hold an advanced certificate in emergency and critical care nursing through City and Guilds.
CAN I CLAIM ON INSURANCE? WHAT PAYMENT METHODS DO YOU ACCEPT?
Many insurance policies will cover laser treatment and physical therapies, please check with your insurer. I am happy to fill out insurance paperwork at no cost but am unable to offer a direct claims service at this time.
Payment can be made with cash, debit/credit cards, Applepay/Googlepay and direct bank transfer. I kindly request that payments are made prior to or at the time of treatment.
HOW QUICKLY WILL I SEE AN IMPROVEMENT?
This will be very dependant on the problem, the severity and how long it has been present. Many patients will feel better after one or two sessions but some more chronic conditions may take longer to respond and require a more intensive treatment regime.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?
Again, this is dependant on the type of problem and I am happy to discuss on a case by case basis. Generally speaking an acute problem (such as a wound) will require a single or a short series of treatments and chronic or complex problems will require more treatments. In ongoing conditions (which we can manage but not completely fix) such as osteoarthritis these patients will benefit from having ongoing treatments to keep them comfortable and mobile.
IS IT JUST FOR DOGS...CAN YOU TREAT MY CAT, RABBIT, BUDGIE, SNAKE?
Yes! I am delighted to treat any type of pet and the therapies I offer can benefit any patient- whether big, small, furry, feathery or scaly! In my years of nursing I have treated a huge variety of animals so I am not easily fazed!
WHERE DO TREATMENTS TAKE PLACE?
I cover most of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and can usually offer treatments on a home visit basis or in-house treatments at Henlow Veterinary Centre, Lower Stondon. I am happy to see clients registered with any vet practice but will require veterinary consent before I can perform any treatment.
COVID-19 Update: I take every care to operate in a COVID-19 safe manner following current government advice, to date (June 2022) I will not be routinely wearing a face mask during appointments but am very happy to wear a mask if my clients prefer this. Please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns around COVID-19 safety prior to your appointment.