Improving Mobility with Pet Rehabilitation
Veterinary rehabilitation provides dogs and cats with a greater range of options to maintain their health and wellness. At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, our Rehabilitation Department strives to provide the highest standards of care through our wide variety of services and therapeutic modalities, offered by certified specialists and excellently trained staff. Each rehabilitation patient receives a comprehensive evaluation and assessment as well as a personalized rehabilitation program developed by our certified canine rehabilitation specialist, Dr. Ann-Margret Morgan.
Does your pet have a
persistent limp or uneven gait?
Our rehabilitation program can help!
Physical Therapy Modalities for Pets
Physical therapy helps to strengthen your pet’s muscles, and improve their range of motion, balance, and coordination after an injury or surgery. Your pet’s physical therapy program may include:
- Laser therapy
- Shockwave therapy
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Soft tissue mobilization/manual therapy
- Electrical stimulation/neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
- Dry needling
- Therapeutic exercises
- Assistive devices
At Pewaukee Veterinary Service, we have an advanced underwater treadmill that we use for our hydrotherapy services. Hydrotherapy, or pet aqua therapy, helps improve your pet’s strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, function, and well-being. Buoyancy in the water reduces the force on the joints while the water resistance provides an extra workout. Furthermore, the warm water benefits circulation and mobility. Hydrotherapy is often more effective than swimming as it assists with gait retraining and provides low-impact strengthening to all four limbs as well as core muscles.
Pet laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. Also known as cold laser therapy, it is non-invasive and has no risk of side effects. At PVS, we utilize a class IV therapy laser and the powerful light energy interacts with tissues at a cellular level, initiating positive physiological effects such as cellular growth and production, circulation, and drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the affected area. Laser therapy improves healing time from disease or injury, reduces pain and swelling, and increases local tissue circulation and immune response.
Shockwave therapy, sometimes referred to as acoustic compression therapy (ACT) or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), is a non-invasive therapeutic modality that uses focused sound waves to promote healing and provide pain relief. The sound waves are directed at different depths to provide a pin-pointed pressure pulse on the affected area which results in improved blood circulation and metabolism. Shockwave therapy is useful for the treatment and management of acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Why Might My Pet Need a Rehabilitation Program?
Pet rehabilitation helps those with injuries or chronic conditions regain and maintain their mobility and a higher quality of life. Our rehabilitation modalities help with:
- Joint and soft tissue injuries
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Chronic pain
- Old-age aches and pain
- Sports injuries
Since pets can’t tell us they’re in pain, it’s important to look for signs of discomfort. Limping, favoring a certain side, walking with an uneven gait, and struggling to get up and down, are all signs that your pet could be in pain. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ann-Margret to start them in a pet physical therapy program!