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Dog owners can take the lead with their pet's health, say physios

22 April 2005 - 9:10am

Dog owners in Nottinghamshire are invited to join chartered physiotherapists working in animal therapy during National Pet Week (30 April - 8 May) to get the latest canine physiotherapy tips to help keep their pets in good health.

Dog owners in Nottinghamshire are invited to join chartered physiotherapists working in animal therapy during National Pet Week (30 April - 8 May) to get the latest canine physiotherapy tips to help keep their pets in good health. 

Members of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) will be organising a series of workshops at the Bingham Therapy Practice in Nottingham.

Visitors can come along and see demonstrations of how canine physiotherapy can help with the care and rehabilitation of their pets. Owners will also be able to learn useful skills to take away with them.

Pamela Marsh, chartered physiotherapist at Bingham Therapy Practice, Bingham, says: 'Canine physiotherapy is vital in maintaining the health of your dog and is key in recovery following an injury or surgery. It can prevent the onset of physical problems in young dogs and can help older dogs maintain good levels of fitness. 

'Owners can find out about the treatment methods available for various conditions and they can take away useful tips on how to care for their pet, whether it is young or old, obese, arthritic or has hip dysplasia. They can be given advice on how to keep joints mobile and get an exercise programme for their dog to assist in weight loss.'

A number of workshops have been planned to run during National Pet Week and will include demonstrations on canine physiotherapy, massage and hydrotherapy. There will also be a talk on how to care for an older dog.

The details are as follows:

Saturday 30 April: 10.00am - Talk and demonstration on canine physiotherapy, massage and hydrotherapy

Thursday 5 May: 2.00pm - Talk - Physiotherapy and care of the older dog

Saturday 7 May: 10.00am - Talk and demonstration on canine physiotherapy, massage and hydrotherapy

Entry to the workshops is by ticket only. Each event will cost £4.50 and proceeds will go to the charity Nottingham Greyhound Trust. Those interested in attending the workshops are advised to phone ahead of time and book tickets.

For further information about the workshops, visit www.caninephysiotherapy.co.uk or call Sue Lee on 01949 837 111.

The workshops will be taking place at: Canine Physio-Hydro Centre, The Bingham Therapy Practice, 1 Long Acre East, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8GP.

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Notes to editors

For more information about National Pet Week and the workshops, or to request tickets, please call Sue Lee 01949 837 111.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 45,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants.

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Please call the CSP press office on 020 7306 6163/6616.

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