Rehabilitation

Decrease pain and restore function.

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Slide Rehabilitation can improve your pet’s health and well-being; mobility and functionality; and overall quality of life. Animal Rehabilitation and Therapy encompasses a wide variety of treatment modalities which can be used in numerous combinations to best meet your pet’s specific needs. Some of the more common modalities include stretching, massage, laser therapy and exercise. Rehabilitation Therapy can be used for strengthening and conditioning; for weight loss; to provide relief from chronic conditions and illnesses such as arthritis; and to aid in recovery from orthopedic surgery. Highlands Veterinary Hospital will design a treatment plan based on your pet’s unique and specific needs. Our staff will evaluate your pet’s lifestyle, current health condition, health history, acute and chronic symptoms, recent treatments including surgeries, and desired goals.

Conditions which can be treated with Rehabilitation

Orthopedic Conditions

  • OsteoArthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Knee Surgery: TPLO, TTA
  • Hip Surgery: Total Hip Replacement, TPO, FHO
  • Fracture Repair and Amputation
  • Patella Luxation Repair
  • Tendonitis
  • Trauma
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Muscle Tears, Sprains and Strains

Neurologic Conditions

  • Back/Neck Pain
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
  • Balance/Vestibular Disorders
  • Paralysis
  • Proprioception Deficits
  • Degenerative Myelopathy

Other Conditions

  • Wound Care
  • Muscle Weakness / Muscle Loss
  • Geriatric Support Care
  • Pain Management
  • Obesity
  • Athletic and Working Dogs – strength, endurance, conditioning

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  • Faster more complete recovery from injuries
  • Decreased pain and discomfort from injury, surgery, or chronic conditions
  • Increased strength, joint flexibility and mobility
  • Maximized recovery from surgery
  • Enhanced conditioning for athletic and performance pets
  • Improved condition and mobility for arthritic pets
  • Minimize the effects of neurological defects with balance and proprioceptive training
  • Achieve healthy weight goals through exercise and mobility
What are some common goals of Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation Modalities

Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief. Cold laser therapy is appropriate for both canine and feline patients.

Exercise Therapy
An exercise program using a range of equipment from FitPAWS which includes wobble boards, cavaletti poles, balance pads, peanuts, balance discs, and FITbones that can be very beneficial. Exercising on this equipment improves a dog’s balance and proprioception (the sense of knowing where a body part is in space). Peanuts and FITbones are used for increasing range of motion and flexibility, improving reflexes and building up muscle tone and endurance.

Massage
Massage is not petting. Massage is focused, intentional, and deliberate touch of a variety of strokes. Massage is a non-invasive way to improve your pet’s health. Massage utilizes soft tissue manipulation to achieve different goals such as relaxation, stimulation, and relief of muscle problems. It allows the body to function efficiently. Massage increases circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Massage provides relief from many common ailments as well as enhances performance.

Massage can increase circulation and oxygenation to the cells of the body; decrease pain; soreness and stiffness; restore muscle tone; improve muscle function; increase flexibility and range of motion; and encourage relaxation and stress reduction.

Cryotherapy
Appropriately timed in the rehabilitation process, cold therapy can be very beneficial in decreasing pain and inflammation. Initially, in the first 72 hours, we use cold therapy to decrease the pain and inflammation associated with surgery or trauma. This occurs by decreasing pain perception, decreasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation.

Stem Cell Therapy
A variety of conditions can be treated with Stem Cell Therapy including Osteoarthritis and tendon and ligament injuries. Stem cells are collected from your pet’s fat through a minimally invasive procedure. Stem cells are unique in their ability to self-renew and have been found to have great benefit for regenerative medical applications.

Rehabilitation Modalities

Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief. Cold laser therapy is appropriate for both canine and feline patients.

Exercise Therapy
An exercise program using a range of equipment from FitPAWS which includes wobble boards, cavaletti poles, balance pads, peanuts, balance discs, and FITbones that can be very beneficial. Exercising on this equipment improves a dog’s balance and proprioception (the sense of knowing where a body part is in space). Peanuts and FITbones are used for increasing range of motion and flexibility, improving reflexes and building up muscle tone and endurance.

Massage
Massage is not petting. Massage is focused, intentional, and deliberate touch of a variety of strokes. Massage is a non-invasive way to improve your pet’s health. Massage utilizes soft tissue manipulation to achieve different goals such as relaxation, stimulation, and relief of muscle problems. It allows the body to function efficiently. Massage increases circulation bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Massage provides relief from many common ailments as well as enhances performance.

Massage can increase circulation and oxygenation to the cells of the body; decrease pain; soreness and stiffness; restore muscle tone; improve muscle function; increase flexibility and range of motion; and encourage relaxation and stress reduction.

Cryotherapy
Appropriately timed in the rehabilitation process, cold therapy can be very beneficial in decreasing pain and inflammation. Initially, in the first 72 hours, we use cold therapy to decrease the pain and inflammation associated with surgery or trauma. This occurs by decreasing pain perception, decreasing blood flow and decreasing inflammation.

Stem Cell Therapy
A variety of conditions can be treated with Stem Cell Therapy including Osteoarthritis and tendon and ligament injuries. Stem cells are collected from your pet’s fat through a minimally invasive procedure. Stem cells are unique in their ability to self-renew and have been found to have great benefit for regenerative medical applications.

Slide The length of the treatment plan varies, depending on your pet’s unique needs, condition and goals. Some treatment plans may be brief and involve a limited number of sessions for treatment of acute conditions and symptoms. Others may have a specified length of time such as a pre-determined post-surgical recovery program of 4-12 weeks. Other clients find rehabilitation treatment(s) works best on an on-going basis. They may start with an initial treatment plan to address specific and acute symptoms or conditions, and then continue with a maintenance plan to keep chronic conditions in check. We offer single sessions as well as packages of 4 or 8 sessions. We are happy to treat your pet as a rehabilitation patient only. We understand that you may have a regular veterinary clinic that you see for routine care and that you may have a long and personal relationship with, as we do with our clients here at Highlands Veterinary Hospital.

We value our clients and our relationship with them, and expect that you have the same level of trust and personal connection with your current provider. We believe strongly in the efficacy and benefits of Rehabilitation and want all pets to have access to treatment. While your pet is coming to us for Rehabilitation, we will not treat any condition not related to your pet’s rehabilitation specified in the treatment plan. We will provide progress reports to your veterinarian on a regular basis.
The Treatment Plan

Slide Referrals Your pet’s veterinarian will need to assess and diagnosis the condition. Then work with Highlands Veterinary Hospital to formulate a treatment plan, assess progress during treatment and perform final evaluation at the completion of treatment. Assessment during treatment allows our team to modify and revise the plan based on your pet’s response and progress.