Top 10 Questions We Are Asked as Rehabilitation Professionals
A rehabilitation plan may involve daily, weekly, or monthly sessions. I customize these sessions based on your pet’s needs. These sessions may include massage, acupuncture, exercises for strength and balance, LASER, and/or ASSISI Loop technology.
The use of a swimming pool or an underwater treadmill is helpful but certainly not essential. Since we are a mobile practice, I don’t offer hydrotherapy. Water is one of many tools a therapist may use to provide buoyancy and support for pets unable to walk on dry ground. Exercises targeted to build strength in certain muscle groups and that are increased in intensity and frequency is what builds strength. I use a program with canine-specific exercises to tailor to your dog’s needs.
As a huge cat lady, I was introduced to this field when I witnessed a group of cats fall asleep during acupuncture while I was VP of the feline club during vet school. I love cats and have only ever had positive experiences with cats and acupuncture. Once they settle into the calming, pain-relieving experience, most animals (cats included!) enjoy the treatment. I incorporate low-stress handling techniques and avoid forcing or restraining whenever possible to maximize the positive experience.
Yes! You are a huge part of your pet’s recovery. As part of the initial consultation, I will give you a custom exercise program targeted to your pet’s needs. You may need to learn basic pain-relieving techniques like massage and will probably be asked to do the exercises at home. If you do your “homework,” your pet will have the best chance at recovery.
While surgery may be ideal, not all dogs are suitable candidates. A recent study from the Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine showed that non-surgical options to address CCL tears can be successful. The key component is regular, consistent physical rehabilitation to manage pain and inflammation and to build muscle and mobility. The non-surgical route may mean longer recovery time, but committed pet parents have made canine rehabilitation therapy increasingly popular among dog owners. Note that some dogs will require knee braces to promote proper limb use.
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Absolutely. Home visits are ideal for animals who have trouble with travel. It also allows me to evaluate your pet’s mobility challenges in their living space. Home visits also help me identify where you can make improvements for your pet’s well-being and personalize the program by focusing on increased functional mobility in your home.
I may also make recommendations to adjust your pet’s living space. This may include using non-slip mats to help your pet with balance or adding steps to allow them to get up and down from the sofa or bed safely.
While therapy is particularly beneficial for older pets, it can help pets of all ages. I work with injured puppies and kittens, pets with congenital deformities, and pets with conditions like dysplasia. Starting early helps them live their best possible life.
ASAP! Early education and treatment will help your pet avoid muscle loss and improve healing. I believe in providing a standard of care and service that rivals and surpasses what is available to humans.
I have worked with many dogs who have had severely impaired rear limbs to achieve improved function. They may not walk normally, but my goal is to get them to walk without falling or dragging their legs. Some dogs may need the aid of a doggie cart, a wheelchair, or special harnesses. I can help you choose the best mobility aids for your dog.
Absolutely not! I treat birds, cats, and bunnies with mobility issues, too!
Why Does My Pet Need Rehab?
Your pet and you are more similar than you think. Just like you, there are times when your pet needs rehabilitation after surgery or to learn how to return to an active life in spite of limitations like old age. Rehabilitation with a veterinarian will help your pet with different conditions.