Canine Rehabilitation Therapy
Just as your surgeon would prescribe physical therapy to you after a knee replacement surgery, veterinary surgeons are recommending rehabilitation therapy for our four-legged friends post-operatively for many conditions. Rehabilitation therapy can reduce pain and inflammation, shorten healing time and speed return to function just as in humans.
Rehabilitation, however, is not limited to post-op conditions, but can provide enhanced mobility and pain relief in other conditions as well: in arthritic patients, in patients with hip dysplasia, and in patients with soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.
Bluegrass Veternary Specialists + Animal Emergency can develop an individualized program that will help your dog become fit, extend his/her lifespan and improve their overall quality of life. Many of these exercises can be done at home with just a little time and commitment on your part, making your special bond with your pet even closer. Regular exercise in pets, just as in humans, can improve overall health and even reduce the need for insulin in our diabetic patients. We offer dietary counseling and guidance for optimum nutrition at all life stages and activity levels for dogs and cats.
Neurological conditions can certainly be discouraging, but even in cases of trauma, with a time and patience, function can often be improved and/or restored with some well-planned rehabilitation therapy.