Physical Therapy

 Our physiotherapy programs are structured to combine motor learning with progressive aerobic exercise. Tasks are designed so the patient can be successful.  Under the veterinarians direction, our experienced physical rehabilitation trainers know when to decrease the intensity of the training and when to increase it, in order to maximize results and maintain safety. Initially, smaller goals are set, then we keep expanding those goals as they are achieved!  
​The programs include not only modalities performed in clinic, but also custom designed home exercises. Once admitted the patient will be discharged from the program when the specific goals are reached; this can be anywhere from one week to several months depending on the condition.  Many patients choose to visit periodically after finishing the program in order to maintain their optimal condition.  If requested treatment plans and medical progress notes can be sent to your doctor after the initial evaluation and again after completing the therapy program. 

Modalities of Rehabilitation

Cold Laser Therapy

 Cold laser therapy is an effective and pain free modality to control pain and accelerate healing of an injury.  It is also an indispensable tool for regenerative medicine procedures. 

Treadmill

Treadmill training reduces the energy cost of walking and improves confidence in walking on patients with neurological or orthopedic disabilities more than any other modality.  It's also beneficial to overweight pets to exercise on our treadmills for weight loss purposes. Our hospital offers two types of treadmills.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

The great choice for relaxing spastic muscles and the pain related with them.  Therapeutic ultrasound provides a soothing massage with deep penetrating ultrasound waves to relax the affected area. 

Compression Cryotherapy

Combining the efforts of compression with icing allows the pet to get the best of both worlds.  The alternating expanding and contracting motion of the wrap creates a massage effect for the area being treated in addition to helping concentrate the cold around the entire area.  

Fitness Training

 Balance and proprioception exercises, strengthening exercises, joint mobilizations, massage, stretches, facilitation of range of motion, and task oriented training are performed by our experienced staff members supervised by the veterinarian. 

Electrotherapy (NMES)

Electric stimulation is very effective for pain control.  It is also of great value to prevent loss of muscular mass on paralyzed patients. 

Regeneration Therapy

 Regenerative medicine is a fast-emerging branch of veterinary medicine in which the body’s own cells are used to heal and ultimately regenerate damaged tissues in acute and chronic conditions. This area of medicine includes Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell therapies. 

Device Fittings

We can have your pet evaluated to determine if a custom made device would be beneficial for the pet to perform daily activities.  We will recommend the most effective device for the specific disability. We will also offer technical support in the ordering, fitting and training to use the device.