There are many goals of rehabilitation depending on your pet’s specific condition, prognosis and response. Below are some common conditions and the expected outcomes from a rehabilitation program.
Common surgeries for which rehabilitation may be helpful include TPLO, herniated or ruptured discs, cruciate ligament repairs, total hip replacements, fracture repairs, back and neck surgeries, femoral head and neck ostectomies (FHO's), patella luxations, elbow surgery/arthroscopy, and other orthopedic-related surgery. Restoring muscle strength and normal joint mobility, decreasing inflammation and pain, and a quicker recovery to normal life are key areas of focus.
There is potential in all dogs and especially those that are very active or susceptible based on breed for injuries that include but are not limited to knees, shoulders, hips, backs, and necks. Dogs who have suffered injury affecting the muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons may benefit from rehabilitation.
Geriatric strength and conditioning
Canine aging is much the same as in humans – Our joints start to ache, we become weaker and specific movements seem harder than in our younger days. Many of these conditions also affect dogs as they age and include but are not limited to: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence and more.
Geriatric physical therapy helps by developing a specialized program to help restore mobility, reduce pain, increase fitness levels and stamina, and to help your dog to age gracefully.
Key Uses for Geriatric Patients
Arthritis, rear-leg weakness, degenerative myelopathy, decreased activity tolerance, strengthening/conditioning, weight loss and incontinence.
The main goal of weight management is to provide a safe means of exercise in addition to whatever nutritional and medical care your pet is already receiving. Many dogs enjoy the warm therapeutic water of the underwater treadmill and find this therapy FUN!
The primary means of exercise is hydrotherapy so your dog can exercise without the added joint stress secondary to obesity. The program will be monitored for the dogs' tolerance.
Obesity, thyroid problems, weight management, strengthening, regular exercise to increase metabolic rate.
Conditioning services are available to owners who want to get their dog in better shape for competition, whether in the show ring, sports arena, work force, or to simply increase activity levels. Conditioning in the underwater treadmill is excellent exercise, which can include resistance jets for an efficient cardiovascular and muscular endurance workout.
Agility, Conformation/Show Dogs, Flyball, Hunting/Field Trial, Herding, Obedience/Rally, Dock Diving Frisbee
Additionally, any related conditions below can benefit from a rehab and fitness program.
- Joint disease or injury
- Hip and elbow Dysplasia
- Spine and disc injuries or pain
- Pain relief
- Pre and post orthopedic surgery
- Senior Pets
- Neurological conditions
- Muscle atrophy or weakness
- Weight loss
- Strength and conditioning
- Sport and working dogs
- Cats too!