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Canine Rehabilitation Therapy
In the Pet World , Physical Therapy is called “Animal Rehabilitation.”
We take it for granted that after major surgery we humans are referred on for Physical Therapy to help restore normal body movement and function. We also use various forms of physical therapy to help manage the pain and discomfort of other painful conditions such as osteoarthritis and musculo-skeletal injuries.
So it makes sense that when our animal friends experience the same trauma or suffer from the same debilitating degenerative diseases we also support their recovery and quality of life through various forms of rehabilitation therapy.
If your pet is experiencing pain and discomfort from conditions such as osteoarthritis, invertebral disc disease, orthopaedic surgery, soft tissue injuries, obesity or increasing difficulty with daily activities, he or she can benefit greatly from the various forms of rehabilitative therapies.
Rehabilitation therapy can also be used to help your pet regain mobility more quickly after orthopaedic surgery.
At our practice we can provide a variety of Rehabilitation services for your pet.
Our Rehabilitation Team includes Vets and Assistants Qualified and Certified in Canine Rehabilitation.
Our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinarians are:
- Dr Malcom Ware BVSc CCRT VOSMA
- Dr Rebecca Ainsworth BVSC CCRT VOSMA
Our Certified Rehabilitation Assistants are:
- Ashlee CCRA
- Rebecca BVet Bio CCRA
- Bree Cert IV VN CCRA
Who is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist?
A certified Canine Rehabilitation therapist is someone who has undergone the necessary training and advanced learning to attain formal qualifications in this field. (CCRT or CCRP) from a recognised Canine Rehabilitation Therapy Training Institute.
Only a veterinarian with the required special training in Animal Rehabilitation can provide whole body care, prescribe needed medicines and perform a diagnostic evaluation prior to designing a treatment plan.
What Type of Conditions can be treated with Rehabilitation Therapy?
- Cruciate ligament (ACL / CCL) tears
- Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
- Patelle Luxation
- Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD)
- Fragmented coronoid processes (FCP)
- Ununited anconeal process (UAP)
- Soft Tissue injuries
- Cancers affecting mobility
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Lumbosacral stenosis
- Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE)
- Arthritis conditioning
- Weight loss
- Cardiovascular fitness
- Senior concerns
Rehabilitation Services and Therapies
- Therapeutic Exercises
- Massage Therapy
- Neuromuscular Stimulation
- Therapeutic Laser
- Veterinary Acupuncture
- Hydrotherapy – (Water Treadmill)
- Nutritional Counselling
- Game Ready – Cold Compression Therapy.
Need more Information?
Please call or email us and we’ll be pleased to answer any questions you have about our Animal Rehabilitation Services.
Can all animals benefit from Physical Rehabilitation?
Most animals (dogs, cats, horses to name a few) can benefit from physical rehabilitation.
Although physical rehabilitation is not a solution for every illness it can be used to improve quality of life and help them lead more active, healthier lives for longer.
Can healthy dogs benefit from Rehabilitation?
Absolutely. Just like we humans benefit from regular targeted exercises so can our animal companions.
For example – the underwater treadmill is a wonderful cross training tool and is a valuable addition to any dog’s fitness program.
Is Rehabilitation suitable for weight loss?
Rehabilitation as part of an overall nutritional and exercise program can significantly help your dog lose weight.
Underwater treadmill sessions are ideal in giving your dog a great workout and improving fitness and regaining a healthy weight.
And don’t think it’s only for dogs. Cats can also benefit from hydrotherapy to help shed some excess weight.
My dog is getting old and isn't as active anymore. Can rehabilitation help and is it safe for older pets?
Rehabilitation is a perfect solution for helping older pets stay active and healthier for longer. As pets age they naturally tend to become less active. This is often partially due to some degree of pain which can be managed through a combination of rehabilitation therapies.
Most of our rehab patients are seniors who come in regularly for specific therapies. It is a fact that rehabilitation can help your dog live a longer and healthier life.