Canine Rehabilitation in Whittlesea, Victoria
Physical therapy is a much-needed service for pets who are recovering from major surgery or an injury, but it also helps pets regain their strength and lose excess weight. At The Vet Practice, we’re passionate about offering animal rehabilitation because we know how important body function and movement are for our pets. Physical therapy provides animals with a controlled environment where they can strengthen their muscles and regain some of their mobility so they can enjoy their lives again and not be held back by pain and limited range of motion.
Like humans, dogs and cats are no strangers to the traumas of degenerative disease, injury, or a congenital defect. With animal rehabilitation, we’re able to give pets and their owners hope of returning to a normal, happy life.
Our Animal Rehabilitation Services
Our facility in Whittlesea offers a variety of animal rehabilitation services to suit our patients’ needs, including:
- Therapeutic exercises
- Massage therapy
- Hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill)
- Laser therapy
- Nutritional counselling
- Neuromuscular stimulation
- Cold compression therapy
Conditions We Can Help to Treat
Our certified rehab vets and assistants can work with a wide range of orthopaedic, neurological, and other conditions to reduce symptoms and increase quality of life in pets.
Some of the conditions we often help to manage in our patients include:
- Heart health
- Cruciate ligament injuries
- Hip/elbow dysplasia
- Bone fractures
- Patellar luxation
- Mobility issues stemming from cancer
- Osteochondritis dissecans (loss of bone and cartilage in the joint)
- Fragmented coronoid processes (FCP)
- Ununited anconeal process (UAP)
- Spondylosis (wear and tear of the spinal discs)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Wobbler syndrome (wobbly gait in dogs)
- Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)
- …and more
Is Rehabilitation Safe for Older Pets?
Rehab is an excellent (and very safe) way for senior animals to improve their level of activity without risking injury. As with humans, animals need to be mobile as much as possible to combat loss of muscle mass and joint deterioration. At our rehab facility, we’ll help you find the best therapies and exercises for your pet’s individual needs and guide you through each step.
Meet Our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Team
We are proud to have certified rehabilitation vets and assistants on our team to help our patients return to a more mobile, active, and pain-free life. They have completed rigorous training at a reputable Canine Rehabilitation Therapy Training Institute to become formally qualified in the field.
Get to know more about them and contact us to schedule a consultation so we can discuss what forms of rehabilitation your pet needs!
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Vets
Dr. Malcolm Ware BVSc CCRT VOSMA
Dr. Rebecca Ainsworth BVSc CCRT VOSMA
Certified Rehabilitation Technicians
Bree, Cert IV VN CCRA
- Shona Cert IV VN
- Amy and
- Aurora (Hydrotherapist)