PET PHYSIO ON WHEELS ✦ HOME SERVICE ✦
PET PHYSIO ON WHEELS ✦ HOME SERVICE ✦
PET PHYSIO ON WHEELS ✦ HOME SERVICE ✦

Stress free, comfortable and safe

Stress free,
comfortable and safe

I specialise in a stress-free approach of treatments and come to your home with a fully equipped mobile therapy service.

Your pet relaxes in a familiar environment, without the need to get in and out of a car and sitting in a waiting room at the vet. Pets following surgery, injury, or that are old will experience compromised mobility. This makes travelling difficult and inconvenient.

Let me come to you, to assist and guide you and your pet with the healing process. With the one-on-one attention, I can fully assess your pet’s individual needs and prescribe a tailored recovery program.

This personalised approach will enhance healing, ensure optimal recovery, while addressing your pet’s unique challenges and limitations.

Home visits include an additional travel fee. See list below for rates.

Alternatively consultations can be scheduled on certain days at the Durbanville Animal Hospital or TAH Bellville.

Home Service Rates

Home Service Rates

Durbanville / Sonstraal / Kenridge / Bellville area within 10km radius from Durbanville Animal Hospital and TAH Bellville R250
Plattekloof / Panorama / Edgemead / Burgundy Estate R250
Tableview / Blouberg / Milnerton R350
Atlantic beach / Melkbosstrand R450
Gardens / Observatory / City bowl R400
Newlands / Claremont / Kenilworth R400
Constantia / Wynberg / Plumstead R450
Seapoint R400
Campsbay R550
Houtbay R600
Noordhoek / Muizenberg R750
Stellenbosch R550

How to make a booking

How to make
a booking

Call 0712269891

Or email hello@healinghandspetphysio.com

Call 0712269891

Or email hello@healinghandspetphysio.com

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Book your free 15 minute discovery call

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First consultation (60-90 minutes) R800

First consultation
(60-90 minutes) R800

In my practice, I look at your companion animal as a whole and never only focus on the primary problem. Experience has taught me everything in the body is intricately connected, and requires a holistic approach to restore wellness.

Prior to our first appointment, I ask clients to complete an online questionnaire. This provides me with a comprehensive history and insight into your animal’s wellbeing.

At our first meeting I will perform a gait, movement and balance analysis. I will methodically evaluate your animal from nose to tail. Each muscle and joint will be evaluated for tone, strength, range of motion, and quality of movement and joint end feels. Coat condition, lymph nodes, eyes, ears, nails and overall body condition will also be checked.

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Follow up physio treatment (45-60minutes) R600

Follow up physio treatment
(45-60minutes) R600

With the foundation laid, we can start with our program. My hands are my primary tools for treatment. I use a combination of massage techniques, soft tissue mobilisation and manual therapy to aid recovery.

Guided and assisted exercise also play a big role. I like to focus on specific muscle targeting as well as core strengthening. Generally, responses to treatment are seen after 3-4 sessions. I treat each patient as an individual. Factors like age, type of injury and any underlying pathology will influence the program as well as recovery time frames.

Each patient gets their own unique tailored program. This usually includes a home exercise program for the owners. Alongside physiotherapy, I will make recommendations about the home environment, management of current medications, assistive devices, diet and exercise programs to promote progress.

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Hydrotherapy, underwater treadmill UWT Single session R597

UWT package (x6 sessions) R3210

Hydrotherapy is a wonderful way to assist in recovery, building muscle strength and tone, promoting weight loss, cardiovascular fitness, lymph drainage, reducing swelling, better joint range of motion, improving balance and core strength and overall conditioning.

It provides a safe, controlled environment for exercise. Dogs that enjoy water absolutely love this form of therapy. For those not so fond of water, we strive to encourage with treats and toys. I always get in the water with them to offer the necessary assistance and support.

The buoyancy of water offers support to patients struggling with mobility and balance. The resistance of the water aids in muscle strengthening.

The underwater treadmill (UWT) holds additional benefits. The heated water aids in muscle relaxation. The contact of the treadmill belt gives the paws proprioceptive feedback (knowing where a limb is in space). This is especially beneficial to post operative knees and spinals. Walking on a treadmill belt promotes better joint extension. Knee and hip extension is often reduced after surgery or with osteoarthritis.

I alter the water level to the needs of the patient and program. Walking on an incline or decline is optional. This can target specific muscle groups. Done at TAH, Bellville.

I can also do hydrotherapy at home in your pool. Prior assessment and evaluation of the pool would be necessary. Depending on patient condition and needs, I would advise which would be best for the program.

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LASER (Light Amplification by Specific Emissions of Radiation)

Single session R378

Laser package (x6 sessions) R2100

LASER (Light Amplification by Specific Emissions of Radiation) Single session R378

Laser package (x6 sessions) R2100

I can use laser therapy in conjunction with manual therapy or on its own. This assists with pain reduction, tissue healing, decreasing swelling and even stimulates an endorphin release. Done at TAH, Bellville.

Testimonials

Testimonials

Dr Alet Engelbrecht BVSc

"Antoinette is truly a dog whisperer. Her approach is gentle and calming and one can see how patients relax under her touch."

Dr Alet Engelbrecht BVSc

"Antoinette is truly a dog whisperer. Her approach is gentle and calming and one can see how patients relax under her touch."

Carter family

"Her healing hands and gentle approach suited Lilly’s very anxious personality."

Carter family

"Her healing hands and gentle approach suited Lilly’s very anxious personality."

Dr Denise Bouah

"Antoinette's knowledge about her profession is fantastic. I would choose to have her on my team every time."

Dr Denise Bouah

"Antoinette's knowledge about her profession is fantastic. I would choose to have her on my team every time."

Pain
Recovery
Strength
Balance
Coordination

Pain
Recovery
Strength
Balance
Coordination

Reduce pain
Support recovery
Build strength
Restore balance 
Improve coordination

Reduce pain
Support recovery
Build strength
Restore balance 
Improve coordination

Physio treatment

Physio treatment

My hands are my primary tools for treatment

My hands are my primary tools for treatment

I use a combination of massage techniques, soft tissue mobilisation and manual therapy to aid recovery. Guided and assisted exercise also play a big role. I like to focus on specific muscle targeting as well as core strengthening.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy

Builds muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness, improves balance, joint range of motion and overall conditioning

Safe, controlled environment for exercise. The buoyancy of water offers support to patients struggling with mobility and balance. The resistance of the water aids in muscle strengthening. Heated water aids in muscle relaxation. The contact of the underwater treadmill (UWT) belt gives the paws proprioceptive feedback (knowing where a limb is in space). This is especially beneficial to post operative knees and spinals. Walking on a treadmill belt promotes better joint extension. Knee and hip extension is often reduced after surgery or with osteoarthritis.

LASER

LASER

Light Amplification by Specific Emissions of Radiation

Light Amplification by Specific Emissions of Radiation

I can use laser therapy in conjunction with manual therapy or on its own. This assists with pain reduction, tissue healing, decreasing swelling and even stimulates an endorphin release.

Electrotherapy

Electrotherapy

TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
NMES – Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation

TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
NMES – Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation

This modality can be used to manage pain as well as encourage muscle contractions. A small unit is connected to electrode pads which are placed on the skin (the haircoat needs to be shaved). An electric current is generated by the unit and travels through the leads to the electrodes on the skin. This current depolarizes the motor nerve and produces a skeletal muscle contraction.

About me

About me

Antoinette Smit
• Veterinary Nurse DVN, Onderstepoort ZA.
• Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner CCRP, Tennessee USA/Uppsala SE.

Antoinette Smit
• Veterinary Nurse DVN, Onderstepoort ZA.
• Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner CCRP, Tennessee USA/Uppsala SE.

I qualified with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing (DVN) from the Onderstepoort Veterinary Faculty in 2006.
Having a passion for theatre, specialist surgery and anatomy, I decided to stay another year. I spent that year in theatre with spinals, fracture repairs and a variety of corrective knee surgeries, to name a few. I enjoy seeing the inner workings of the body.

In 2008, I went to work in London. After working at a variety of specialist and training hospitals, I came back to South Africa. The knowledge and experience gained taught me that I was looking for something more holistic.

In 2010, I started working with a vet running her own physical rehabilitation practice. She took me under her wing and sent me to the University of Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S to complete a course in Canine Physical Rehabilitation. I completed my exams in 2012 at Vienna, Austria and qualified as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP).

Given my love for surgery and anatomy, I particularly enjoy being part of the healing process of patients recovering after surgery. I have extensive experience with post op cranial cruciate repairs, corrective patella surgery and spinals. It brings me great joy to see them making progress and returning to their normal function. Recovering from surgery is usually a taxing time for the family at home.

I can assist with pre- and post op advice and prepare you for what to expect. Safely managing your companion animal during this challenging time is vital for optimal recovery. The first 6-8 weeks after orthopaedic surgery is the most crucial and high-risk period for complications. I am here to guide you through that stressful period.

I am committed to high professional standards, safety and delivering the best possible service. I'm actively investing time in my continued professional development, aiming to stay educated in the field, and connected to online forums with all the local and international veterinary physiotherapists.