Animal Rehabilitation

Always on the forefront of veterinary medicine, VCA Centreville Animal Hospital is pleased to provide physical rehabilitation services for dogs in the Northern Virginia area. Our own Dr. Crystal Taylor, DVM, cVMA, a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner, leads our veterinary team and canine patients through this new area in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Crystal Taylor likes to focus on a whole body approach for each patient. In addition to conventional veterinary medicine, she is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA) and is passionate about partnering with clients on relieving pain and tension for their pets, while improving their quality of life. Dr. Taylor achieved certification in Companion Animal Pain Management, and is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP), which allows her to further extend the years pets spend with their family.

Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation
Many of our patients show signs of pain and discomfort, and no longer have the muscle mass required to hold them up. This generally occurs due to an underlying issue such as an old sporting injury, ligament tear, hip dysplasia, or other medical condition that predisposes them to cartilage wear and tear. Physical rehabilitation services have been shown to provide the following benefits to a wide range of canine patients including:

Senior Dogs
• Improve flexibility
• Reduce pain
• Decrease need for medication

Athletic and Sporting Adult Dogs
• Greater strength and stability
• Better athletic performance

Post-Surgical Patients
• Take advantage of pain therapies to speed recovery and healing time
• Return to a more functional outcome

Our goal is to enhance your dog’s quality of life while minimizing the pain and increasing their mobility. In order to achieve this we use a multi-modal therapy approach that includes the following:
• Electro-Stimulation Pain Management
• Pain Management
• Cryotherapy and Heat Therapy
• Acupuncture
• Therapeutic Ultrasound
• LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy)

Therapeutic Exercises:
• Strengthening and Conditioning
• Balance and Proprioception Exercises

Neuromuscular
Home exercise plans are performed for every visit to include you in your pet’s care. This is a very important step in the rehabilitation process. These plans include instructions, pictures, and an email with videos of each exercise.

Whether due to a degenerative disease, obesity, arthritis, or simply recovering from a surgical procedure or injury, seeing your pet in agony is never easy. While there are no easy fixes for this dilemma, physical rehabilitation can be an invaluable tool in decreasing pet pain while improving range of motion. Just like in humans, physical rehabilitation is important to ensuring your pet’s overall well-being and return to function. Postoperatively, we know through studies that pets that receive physical rehabilitation return to full function faster and more completely than those that do not receive therapy.

Contact Us today to learn more about how the physical rehabilitation services of VCA Centreville Animal Hospital can help your canine or feline companion.

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