Veterinary rehabilitation is similar to physical therapy in humans. The goals of veterinary rehabilitation include aiding in recovery, reducing and managing pain, promote health and fitness and improve the quality of our pet’s lives. Rehabilitation promotes optimal function and quality of life as they relate to movement disorders.
Pets that have acute musculoskeletal injuries, muscle strains, chronic orthopedic conditions, and neurological conditions and many other issues will benefit from the inclusion of veterinary rehabilitation into their treatment regimen. Some of the techniques used include laser therapy, acupuncture, manual therapies, and therapeutic exercises.Benefits of Rehabilitation:
Benefits of Rehabilitation:
- Improves post-operative recovery
- Increase mobility and strength
- Provide pain-free exercises for arthritic patients
- Exercise for overweight dogs
- Improves endurance
- Improves quality of life for patient and owner
Types of conditions rehabilitation can help:
- Animals in need of wheelchairs or braces
- Sporting dogs – agility, dock diving, fly ball, etc.
- Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia
- Neurologic problems
- Geriatric animals
- Degenerative myelopathy
- And many more…
What to expect during your first time Rehabilitation Consult:
Each patient I work with has acquired a different set of circumstances and therefore I start from the beginning with each patient and their owner.
I always start by obtaining a thorough history, discussing the patient’s needs and your goals as a Pet parent. I will take a thorough assessment of your dog’s medical status and then evaluate your dog in regards to gait, range of motion, strength, mobility, pain and quality of life. With this information and medical history, I will create an individualized treatment plan for your dog. I will also demonstrate any exercises that should be done and document them for you in written form within 24 hours. I will also make recommendations for other care such as acupuncture, laser therapy, herbals and nutraceuticals, or other therapies.