A government veterinary hospital at Sadar Manzil in Bhopal has introduced physiotherapy treatment for pets. The service is said to be the first-of-its-kind in North India.
The centre, which began functioning on Monday, would provide a variety of machines and treatment options for small animals, including infrared lamp, muscle and nerve stimulator and short wave diathermy.
Scores of pet owners queue up with their whining dogs, cats, sheep and goats on the first day. At present, the service being offered free of cost, but a token registration fee will be imposed soon.
“In case of fractures, rheumatism, myositis, varicose veins and sprains in small pets, treatment is provided through the allopathic system, but physiotherapy has proved to be a very good supportive treatment,” said Dr Anil Sharma, in-charge veterinarian at the hospital. The staff at the hospital was trained at Asha Niketan Centre in Bhopal for the specialised treatment.
A research by head of department of surgery at Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Bareilly, Dr AM Pawde, on the efficacy of physiotherapy on pets identified points on the body of animals where the treatment could produce positive results. In fact, the research suggests that in seven out of 10 cases physiotherapy works better than the allopathic system, Sharma said.