VCA Veterinary Referral Associates offers a full range of Physical Rehabilitation Services.
What is Animal Rehabilitation?
Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with state-of-the-art 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; as well as 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:
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxations
- Osteochondritis Dessicans
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Fibrocartilaginous Emboli
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Lumbosacral Stenosis
- Athletic Conditioning
- Cardiovascular Fitness
- Obesity-Weight Loss
The underwater treadmill can enable patients 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.