What is Pet Rehab?
According to the AARV, Physical rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions. The goal of pet rehabilitation therapy is to achieve the highest level of function, independence, and quality of life for the patient. Pet rehabilitation uses safe, non-invasive treatments to help improve your pet’s strength and mobility after an injury or medical procedure. These treatments are very similar to what humans receive in physical therapy.
Depending on your pet’s needs, their rehab program may include:
· Physiotherapy (Exercise Programs)
· Massage Therapy
· Therapeutic Laser Therapy
· Manual Therapy/Joint Mobilization/Passive Range of Motion
· Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy
Your veterinarian may also discuss or recommend alternative and complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, based on your pet’s condition.
The length of your pet’s rehabilitation period depends on their specific needs. A personal, multimodal rehabilitation therapy approach will provide a greater opportunity for a successful outcome.
Benefits of Pet Rehab
Rehabilitation can help drastically improve your pet’s quality of life. With the right techniques, veterinary physical therapy may relieve pain, speed up healing and increase your pet’s likelihood of making a full recovery.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Pet Rehab?
Veterinary Rehabilitation aims to improve any condition that affects your pet’s ability to move around normally and without pain. Below is a list of commonly treated conditions that are treated with rehabilitative therapies
· Acute and Chronic Osteoarthritis
· Orthopedic Conditions
· Muscle tears and strains
· Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
· Tendon or Ligament Damage
· Neurological Issues such as Stroke
Pet rehabilitation programs are also used to assist overweight pets to lose weight safely while strengthening muscles.
If interested in Rehabilitation Therapy for your pet, please contact one of our veterinarians and they will arrange a consultation with our rehabilitation therapist!
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