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Physical Therapy and Rehab
How can I determine if my pet needs physical rehabilitation?
Many animals can benefit from the services of physical rehabilitation. In the human world of health care, we receive physical rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, for any type of pain or dysfunction. We also receive treatment after neurological injuries (such as a stroke), for fractures, sprains or strains, for the treatment of wounds, athletic injuries, arthritic conditions (Lyme Disease) and the effects of aging (osteoarthritis).
Animals can receive physical rehabilitation for all of the above. Too often, our pets do not receive physical rehabilitation and this may prevent them from returning to a full recovery.
How do I get started?
Call to speak with us about physical rehabilitation for your pet. Jocelyn is a certified animal physical therapist and Certified Veterinary Technician. She will work with the doctor, owner and animal to develop a plan that best fits your animal’s needs.
How long will it take until I notice improvement?
Depending upon the diagnosis and condition of your pet, improvements may be seen with one session or it may take 3 or 4 sessions. Dogs with arthritis usually demonstrate small improvements immediately and larger improvements in a few weeks. Younger dogs may also demonstrate immediate improvements.
Can all animals benefit from physical rehabilitation?
Most animals (dogs, cats, horses to name a few) can benefit from physical rehabilitation. Realistically, there are many conditions that physical rehabilitation cannot cure. For example, physical rehabilitation treatments will not cure cancer, arthritis, or progressive neurological diseases. However, it can help improve the quality of life for many animals and it will help them lead longer and more functional lives.
Can physical rehabilitation help my healthy pet to prevent future injuries?
Physical rehabilitation can certainly play a role in the prevention of injuries. It is critical that owners maintain the musculoskeletal health of their pets and recognize any injuries or problems. Early detection may prevent further problems from occurring.
Can healthy dogs benefit from rehabilitation?
Absolutely! We offer packages for the healthy dog to come in and get regular exercise. This is especially popular when the weather makes it difficult to exercise regularly -- the cold of the winter or the heat of the summer.
Patchouli in the underwater treadmill
The underwater treadmill is a wonderful cross training tool and is a benefit to any dog's program. For example, we have performance dogs come in once to twice a week to exercise in the underwater treadmill for thirty to forty-five minute sessions. We also have dogs that have undergone rehabilitation come back in once or twice a week for underwater treadmill sessions.
Performance dogs, dogs with weight issues, arthritic pets and dogs that have recovered from conditions are perfect candidates for this program!