We hope you have a lovely Easter!

Happy Easter! We hope you all have a lovely Easter.  Don’t forget to keep your pets away from any chocolate or leftovers.  And do remember that although they look lovely lilies have pollen that is poisonous to cats as it causes renal failure.  If you are worried that your pet has eaten something they shouldn’t […]

Dog Harnesses – does yours fit and is it better than a collar?

Should your dog wear a harness? Here at Active Pet we would much prefer to see all dogs in a harness.  A well fitting dog harness will help to avoid the delicate structures of the neck where the collar would lie.  They are brilliant if your dog has a collapsing trachea (windpipe) or any other […]

You want to shockwave my pet?…Radial Pressure Shockwave

Radial Pressure Shockwave Treatment for Dogs and Cats The use of radial shockwave or Radial Pressure Wave (RPW) has been successfully used to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, lumbosacral disease and tendon or ligament injuries in dogs, cats and horses. Therapeutic shockwaves were introduced as a medical treatment for eliminating kidney stones (lithotripsy) without causing […]

Would you like to unlock the secrets of your dog’s DNA?

Have you ever wanted to know about what conditions your dog may be genetically predisposed to so that you can try to prevent them? Perhaps you would like to check whether your dog is purebred?  Or if your dog has mixed ancestry would you like to see what breeds make them look or behave a […]

Christmas 2016

Dear All, It has been a pleasure looking after you and your pets this year.  We are going to take a well-earned break (well we think so!) over Christmas to recharge our batteries and enjoy some festive fare.  The clinic will be closing on Friday 23rd December at 4pm and we will be reopenening at […]


What is it, who has it and what can you do about it? Pain is whatever you or your pet says it is…pain is a uniquely individual experience.  Pain is actually quite difficult to quantify in our animal patients as they can’t tell us what it feels like.  It could be sharp and stabbing or […]

To heat or to cool? That is the question!

Should you be using heat or cold on your pet? Thermotherapy (heat) and cryotherapy (cold) are great modalities that can be utilised in the clinic and at home but when should you use them? Thermotherapy is normally used when we want to warm the tissues and is great for using over any arthritic joints or […]

Should my pet go swimming or use the underwater treadmill?

Here at Active Pet we much prefer the underwater treadmill for hydrotherapy and there are several reasons for this… 1. We find that dogs (and cats) who aren’t keen on water don’t mind going in the tank. We suspect that is because they always keep their feet on the ground and we get them used […]

Early physiotherapy helps after cruciate surgery in dogs

Physiotherapy and hydrotherapy are best started as soon after cruciate surgery as possible. In an ideal world we would love to see dogs before they undergo their cruciate surgery.  This helps to get them used to walking through the treadmill and we can set our owners up with some physiotherapy exercises to do in the […]

Veterinary Rehabilitation for Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease

How rehabilitation and physiotherapy is used in dogs who have had Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease Here is Issy one of our patients using the land treadmill as part of her rehabilitation. Issy had Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease which meant that she had to have the ball of her left hip removed. Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease mainly affects small breed dogs and […]