BENGALURU: Her love for animals compelled Krithika Ramesh, 33, who holds a masters degree in Zoology, to become a canine physiotherapist and hydrotherapist and has healed over 1,000 dogs. In a chat with City Express, she tell us about her love for animals and more.
When did you take to being a canine physiotherapist and hydrotherapist?
I started my career in March 2013. I thought I could connect to animals easily, which is what moivated me. Dr Pawan Kumar, a veterinarian at Cessna, gave me a platform to explore my skills.
Did you take any special training for this?
I studied canine physiotherapy at the College of Animal Physiotherapy in Aylesbury, United Kingdom.
How has your experience been so far?
It has been fantastic. I don’t realise when the day ends. I have to travel for two hours to reach the hospital, but I look forward to going there and meeting new canine friends everyday.
Any memorable moment you had at the hospital?
I met a five-month-old labrador named Luke. He had hip dysplasia. At the end of the session, he got too attached to me. In fact his parents recorded my voice and play it now. He comes running towards the phone looking for me.
Everyone calls him my boyfriend, and his mother Aparna, jokingly says that I am in her will and I shall inherit him.
Another case is of black labrador called Sirrius.
He was scared of water. His parents were worried, but after a few sessions with me, he got used to it and loves playing in water now.
How is hydrotherapy helpful to dogs?
Hydrotherapy is good form of exercise. It helps in rebuilding muscle strength. In case of paralysis, it stimulates the nerves.
How much time does a dog take to heal with hydrotherapy?
If it has hip dysplasia, it takes close to six months to heal. We conduct two sessions every week for four months and one session for next six months. Paralysis takes an year to heal completely without surgery.