Farm animals and small companion animals may also benefit from physiotherapy
Due to their nature, rabbits often suffer from fractures and spinal injuries caused by jumping from heights. They may also suffer from arthritis as they age. A reduction in activity and hopping may be an indicator that the rabbit is in pain. The vet may refer the rabbit to physiotherapy to decrease pain and increase quality of life through remedial exercises and electrotherapies.
Physiotherapy for cats is becoming increasingly common due to the success of many treatment plans following surgery, limb amputation, road traffic accidents and arthritis. A reduction in the use of a scratch post, reduction in play, not wanting to go outside may be signs the cat may need physiotherapy. Cat physiotherapy techniques are adapted to suit their temperament to gain as much compliance as possible. Home care plans and remedial exercises hugely benefit the feline patient.