Our practice

English-speaking patients – or rather English-barking /-meowing patients – are most welcome in our practice. We are a team of two animal physiotherapists and alternative veterinary practitioners situated in the very heart of Berlin-Friedrichshain.

As Berlin is getting increasingly international we reckon that there must a growing number of animal lovers who might like to talk to someone about their pet’s condition in their native tongue. Or at least a tongue they might speak better than German - which is difficult, let’s face it.

We both speak English and Sirka used to be an interpreter. So please do not hesitate to get in touch!

What we offer

In a nutshell, we help animals to restore and maintain mobility. Especially after surgery or traumatic injury we help dogs and cats get back on their paws. We asses and treat a wide range of musculo-skeletal problems, such as hip dysplasia, degenerative joint diseases (such as osteoarthritis), elbow dysplasia, Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, Wobbler disease and many more. We mobilise joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons to relieve pain and restore normal function.

Also for senior dogs physiotherapy is very beneficial. For most grey muzzles the treatment is not only relaxing but also significantly improves their quality of life.

The treatments we use include different kinds of massages, passive movement, soft tissue and joint mobilisation, hydrotherapy, electro therapy, laser therapy, laser acupuncture, magnet therapy, remedial gymnastics, gait modification, proprioception exercises and more.

During our first appointment we will ask you many questions on your pet’s medical history. Any additional information we can get - such as X-rays, medical reports etc. - is most welcome. Then we will go about completing our own findings sheet (fee: € 50,00).

In the next step we draw up a treatment plan for your pet. We will discuss the plan with you and provide information on the individual treatments, duration and costs.

We will also give advice on adaptions in your pet’s environment, for instance on orthopaedic beds, walkies, pet stairs, harnesses etc. And we will also give you some homework. But don’t worry, nothing fancy – just some easy exercises to fit into your daily routine with your pet.
First and foremost we would like to stress that we absolutely do not want to compete with your vet. We appreciate the work vets do and we depend on their diagnosis. Many important diagnostic tools are not at our disposal such as X-ray, ultrasound, myelography etc. It is very important for us that you do not stop seeing your vet because we cannot offer the same kind of treatment.

Our veterinary training focused on alternative medical procedures such as homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine and the like. Nonetheless we have a sound medical understanding of our pets anatomy and physiology - even more so because of our training as physiotherapists. Moreover we both trained as animal psychologists.

What we can offer is a complementary treatment. We focus on experience-based medicine such as traditional Chinese (veterinary) medicine. Andrea does acupuncture which is a great tool for pain management and Sirka specialises in herbal medicine. We give advice on nutrition and pet keeping and can provide some laboratory tests (fur, urine, feces and skin).

Especially after surgery or after traumatic injury hydrotherapy can speed up recovery and increase the chance of a successful return to full fitness. It is also beneficial in young growing dogs diagnosed with developmental conditions. Generally it helps to relieve pain, strengthens and maintains muscles and increases the range of motion in joints.

It is also supports cardiovascular fitness and tissue healing. It is used for gait modification and to increase proprioception. As you see, canine hydrotherapy is quite an all-rounder!

We use an aquatic treadmill enabling us to focus on joint movement. It is a very safe exercise and even suitable for very obese animals. The buoyancy of the water relieves pressure on the joints and hydrostatic pressure strengthens muscles and improves the respiratory system.

Our spacious aquatic treadmill provides water fun even for Great Danes. We might even consider treating a Shetland pony.
Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses light to stimulate cell regeneration. It is used to treat pets with tendon or soft tissue injuries and with degenerative joint diseases. It promotes wound healing and helps to regenerate nerve tissue after surgery.

While completely pain-free itself, laser therapy is a very effective means of pain control. Most pets find laser therapy relaxing and tend to enjoy the treatment. We offer two kinds of laser therapy – laser acupuncture and laser treatment with a comb-shaped device (so the beams will not be reflected by the fur) to treat bigger areas.

It will not cause any unwanted side-effects. When you start laser treatment you should plan for two sessions per week, then the sessions are decreased to once a week and later to once every two weeks.

We prefer laser acupuncture to traditional acupuncture with needles because it is a particularly safe and completely pain-fee way. Therefore it is even suitable for very timid or sensitive pets.
We use electrotherapy for pain control and relief, muscle re-education, reversal of atrophy and strengthening. It affects both the sensory and motor nerves. It works on three levels: At the cellular level it stimulates protein synthesis, osteosynthesis and fibroblast formation, at the tissue level it causes muscles to contract and at the segmental level, it facilitates muscle-pumping action, resulting in improved joint mobility as well as circulatory and lymphatic drainage.

In veterinary rehabilitation electrotherapy is used immediately post-operatively and during therapy to help a patient work through a painful treatment. It helps increase local blood circulation and is particularly useful in patients with oedema, delayed wound healing, or generally in patients unable to perform voluntary movement.

In human physical therapy, the therapist can explain to the patient how the current and contraction will feel. We don't have this luxury with our four-legged-patients. Therefore, we provide a slow, gradual onset of contraction strength to alleviate as much discomfort as possible. A treatment generally lasts 15 to 20 minutes and achieves best results when used two to three times a week.

From a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) perspective, veterinary acupuncture encourages healing by correcting energy imbalances in the body.

Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones. It relaxes muscles, improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removes metabolic wastes and toxins.

Unlike prescription and over the counter pain medications, acupuncture has no potential adverse side effects for your pet’s internal organs. Neither will your pet’s medications or supplements interact adversely with an acupuncture treatment.

We use acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions such as, arthritis and sore joints, slipped disks and other disk problems, digestive problems, chronic kidney disease, hip dysplasia, paralysis, respiratory problems, weakened immune system and many more.

We rely on laser acupuncture which is a completely pain-free and safe way especially for patients who don’t readily tolerate needle insertion.

Visit our practice

Your four-legged friend needs help? Any questions you might like to ask in advance? You would like to make an appointment? Don’t be shy – get in touch!