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Rehabilitation Services at VCA Animal Specialty Center of South Carolina

The surgeons at our hospital are committed to obtaining the best possible outcomes for your pet after surgery. We believe that in many cases, rehabilitation after surgery can be as important as surgery itself.

While your pet is a patient at our hospital, they may receive rehabilitative services such as cold or warm compresses, passive range of motion and stretching, sling or cart supported walking, ultrasound, cold laser therapy, or electrical stimulation.

We have a dedicated, specifically trained, rehabilitation team lead by Samantha Reynolds, LVT, CCRP, to met your pet's rehabilitation needs. The faciltiy has a dedicated rehabilitation department fully equiped with an underwater treadmill and a rehabilitation pool.

Before you take your pet home from the hospital, you will be provided with detailed rehabilitation discharge instructions. The rehabilitation team will provide you with discharge education, including any needed demonstatrations to ensure you are comfortable with how help your pet continue to recover at home. Our staff will continue to offer you and your pet support after discharge. We are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns via telephone or email. Repeat demonstration and rechecks are offered as needed so that you are completely comfortable with your pet's process.

Your pet may require continued rehabilitation services after discharge. We provided a full range of rehabilitation services at the hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

What is Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, ultrasound, cryotherapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and acupuncture to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions.

How Will My Pet Benefit From Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation can restore, maintain and promote optimal function and mobility; enhance recovery postoperatively; alleviate pain; improve circulation, coordination and range of motion; provide confidence and comfort in geriatric patients.

Is My Pet A Candidate For Rehabilitation?

Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from animal rehabilitation. Any animal suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, obesity or muscle weakness can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation.

Conditions That Respond Well To Rehabilitation:

Orthopedic Conditions:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxations
  • Fractures
  • Osteochondritis Dessicans
  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Neurological Conditions:

  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Fibrocartilaginous Emboli
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbosacral Stenosis

General Health/Wellness:

  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Obesity-Weight Loss

Animal Specialty Center's treatment options include:

  • Manual therapies
  • Electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapies
  • Cold laser
  • Hot and cold therapies
  • Weight loss program
  • Accupuncture therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Home exercise programs

Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill enables dogs to begin the rehabilitation process earlier than normal. The low-impact exercise offered by the underwater treadmill allows the animal to transition more quickly to land-based therapy by increasing muscle strength and endurance with the natural properties of water buoyancy, resistance and heat.

Animal Specialty Center's Rehabilitation Center of South Carolina has enabled many pets to realize thier true potential and begin enjoying life to the fullest again. Let us assist you in helping your pet. Call our Rehabilitation Cent in Columbia at 803-798-0803 or our facility in Aiken, South Carolina, The Care Center at 803-649-4965.

Our Rehabilitation Team

Licensed Veterinary Technician
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