The road to recovery can be a long and winding one for your pet. Our team is here to support them through their journey, ensuring their condition has improved with the help of rehabilitation. We offer a range of rehabilitation services to help strengthen, restore and sustain your pet’s mobility.
Why does my pet need rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation helps your pet through their recovery process by treating an illness or injury. Through various exercises and treatments, we help restore your pet’s ability to move and decrease their pain level. When your pet has been injured or becomes ill, their body responds by trying to protect the part of their body that’s been harmed/infected. Rehabilitation provides relief and rejuvenation after the body has been fighting to heal itself. This service can be helpful for pets with a range of conditions like arthritis and hip dysplasia.
How can my pet benefit from rehabilitation?
Physiotherapy provides pets with physical therapy on their muscles, bones, tendons, nerves, and ligaments. Apart from providing pain management, this therapy can also reduce inflammation, increase range of motion (ROM)/muscle mass, strengthen cardiovascular tolerance, promote weight loss and help pets return to normal function faster.
What rehabilitative exercises will be done with my pet?
Based on your pet’s condition, we’ll create a unique treatment plan to support their healing. This includes exercises we’ll do during our sessions as well as ones you can do at home such as:
- Icing: Helps reduce inflammation.
- Heating: Helps relax tense muscles and tendons allowing for more effective stretching.
- Treadmill: Warms up the muscles, increases heart rate and blood flow to the muscles which prevents injury during exercise
- Cavaletties, stairs, “doggie squats”: Improves tension/flexibility of the joints.
- Stairs, therapy ball work, walking on an incline and dancing: Improves extension of the joints.
- Wobble boards, therapy ball work, cavaletties, dancing, trampoline exercises, cookie neck stretches, manual weight shifting, nudging hind end and walking up an incline: Improves ability to shift weight to affected limb.
- Massage: Helps to soothe sore muscles, release tension and improve circulation through the tissues for better healing.
- Range of motion (ROM) exercises: Maintains muscle mass, especially if exercise is restricted or your pet is not very mobile. These motions also help keep joints moving freely.