Purton Road

62-64 Purton Road
Wiltshire SN2 2LZ
01793 526780

Greenbridge Road

1A Oppenheimer
Greenbridge Road
Swindon SN3 3LH
01793 511267

Wootton Bassett

39B Station Road
Royal Wootton Bassett
Swindon SN4 7ED
01793 230266

Orthopaedic Surgery and After Care for your pets


ARK at Thameswood Vets

ARK – Arthritis Rehabilitation K-Laser
Welcome to the ARK

A unique clinic combining a team of independent professionals and our own senior surgeons and nurses working together in a practical way to help reduce pain and rehabilitate family pets and working dogs.

The Ark Offers:
What is it? Physiotherapy is a manipulative form of therapy to help restore movement and function after injury or illness. This form of therapy can be used in conjunction with prescribed medication, K laser or as a stand-alone treatment for your pets. Does my pet need it? If you have noticed any of the following changes in your pet’s behaviour, then physiotherapy may be beneficial after consulting our vets:

  • Reduced activity (including reluctance to walk or play) and stiffness.
  • Lameness or change of gait.
  • Aggression, irritability or yelping when touched.
  • Excessively licking or over grooming specific joints.

What conditions in my pet will benefit from physiotherapy? Manipulative therapy can benefit your pets in numerous ways including:

  • Mobilisation after orthopaedic surgery.
  • Neurological conditions such as trapped nerves.
  • Reducing pain and inflammation for muscle injury and swelling, improving blood circulation and promoting healing
  • Reducing pain and increasing joint fluid production in degenerative joint condition

Manipulative techniques may involve soft tissue stretching and massage with joint mobilisation techniques.

K laser therapy
In this part of the country this is unique to the ARK clinic and we are pleased to be able to introduce you to this advanced laser therapy treatment. What is K laser therapy? Laser therapy is a complementary treatment which does not involve drugs or surgery and is pain free for your pets. By using specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects, the treatment can be used to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Increase your pets range of motion
  • Increase circulation
  • Speed up wound healing
  • Reduce swelling

What conditions can laser therapy help with? Laser therapy may benefit your pet for many conditions including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Joint pain
  • Ligament sprains and muscle strains
  • Postsurgical pain and post orthopaedic surgical recovery
  • Puncture and chronic wounds
  • Post traumatic injury

K-laser therapy is often used with other forms of therapy including physical, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilisation, electrotherapy and following surgery. How is laser therapy performed? One of our veterinary surgeons will discuss with you if laser therapy may benefit your pet. During the consultation they will also explain the treatment plan that would be most suitable for your pets condition. You are more than welcome to be in the room with your pet whilst the laser therapy is performed, but you will need to wear specialised protective goggles during the procedure. Your pets will be able to stand or lie down depending on the area being treated. As laser therapy is drug-free your pet will need no sedation, in fact the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to them. In most cases fur should not need to be trimmed from the area that is being treated. Once the treatment is started you will see a small red light from the laser and the vet will constantly move that laser probe over the area being treated. What does the treatment feel like? There will be little or no sensation during treatment for your pet. Occasionally they may feel a mild, soothing warmth or tickling. Areas that are painful or inflamed may be sensitive briefly before pain is reduced. Very few side effects have ever been reported after more than 20 years of use by healthcare providers and professionals all over the world. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after the treatment. How long does the treatment take and how often will my pet need to be treated? A typical treatment for your pet is 2 to 8 minutes, depending on their condition and also the size of the area being treated. Some conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. Longer term problems respond better when treatments received 2 to 3 times per week, reducing to once every week or two as improvement is seen in your pet. The table below gives a guidance. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most pets require several treatments (3 to 8) for the greatest benefit. For most conditions we will recommend a multi-treatment plan, with the veterinary surgeon performing the first and last treatments of the course, and are trained veterinary nurse performing the other treatments. How long before results are apparent in my pet? Your pet may feel improvements in their condition, which is usually pain reduction, after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments, however this does not mean nothing is happening as laser treatment’s cumulative results are often felt after three or four sessions. Class 4 laser therapy treatments are cumulative in nature, which means the length and frequency of treatment varies with your pet’s condition. The general guide below can give an indication of a treatment plan, but the veterinary surgeon will recommend one specific to your pet’s condition. k-laser at Thameswood vets

Just as in humans acupuncture can be used in pets to aid pain relief by stimulating the body to produce its own pain relieving endorphins. It is therefore a good complementary therapy to pain relief medication and also works very well with manual treatment such as physiotherapy. The needles we use are very fine and high-quality steel, they are inserted by a qualified vet and they do not cause pain, in fact inducing relaxation is a common effect on your pet.
Canine Hydrotherapy
The ARK clinic also refers pets to Glendora hydrotherapy in Ashton Keynes. Hydrotherapy provides reduced weight-bearing exercise of your pet. The main objectives of swimming are:

  • Building of muscle mass
  • Toning the main muscle groups
  • Improving general fitness

The warm water increases circulation of blood to muscles which leads to muscle relaxation and a reduction in pain and stiffness in your dog. Additionally hydrostatic pressure offer some anti-inflammatory benefits.

What professionals work at the ARK clinic?
The team of vets is led by our own Nicholas Hartley MA, Vet MB, Cert SAD, MRCVS who is our senior orthopaedic surgeon with over 20 years experience. Veterinary physiotherapy is carried out by Pauline Mather DO a registered osteopath and Sarah Banks-Coffey RVN who are both professionally trained in the field. Veterinary surgeon Annie Bevins MA, Vet MB, MRCVS is trained veterinary acupuncture. Glendora hydrotherapy are members of NARCH (National Association of registered canine hydrotherapy is) and CHA (Canine Hydrotherapy Association)
What are the times and prices?
Clinics are held Tuesdays at both the main clinic at Purton Road and our clinic on Green Bridge Road by appointment. Saturdays from 10am to 12pm by appointment at our Royal Wootton Bassett clinic. Prices are: Physiotherapy – Initial assessment £40.00 Following assessment £35.00 Acupuncture £30.00 Hydrotherapy – per session £25.00 Please check with pet insurers (and the terms and conditions) as Pet Plan insurance lifetime policy will cover each of the above in most cases up to the value of £100.

All of which (apart from Hydrotherapy) is carried out within our three practices.

The ARK enables us to extend the level of care given to our pets beyond that provided by most veterinary practices by:

Having a holistic approach to treatment of arthritis, pain management, rehabilitation and sports injuries
Enabling us in some cases to reduce the level of medication prescribed
Facilitate pet owners to have a better understanding of their pets needs and be able to participate in the practical management of pets quality of life

For more information please contact your closest clinic.