What is Veterinary Rehabilitation?
Veterinary Rehabilitation (or Pet Rehab) is an emerging field of veterinary medicine which is used to improve your pets physical recovery, fitness and mobility. It can also be used to aid in weight loss and athletic conditioning. Much of the focus is on soft tissue and working with the tissue around bones and joints to gain better movement.
Function is the primary goal of treatment and therapies are centered on optimising movement and obtaining the best quality of life for your pet. As such, part of the in-depth evaluation we provide is a discussion about your primary concerns, what the lifestyle of your pet was like before injury and what kinds of things you would like to achieve for your pet.
Another part of the evaluation is examining your pets entire body. Often we will find other areas of pain or soft-tissue abnormalities which also need to be treated in addition to the primary problem. Comprehensive measurements to precisely record the range of motion of the joints and muscle circumference are used to objectively evaluate progress and ensure that your pet is responding to treatment.
Treatment options vary depending on your pets conditions and will always be tailor made for your pet. They often include a combination of manual therapies including joint mobilisation, therapeutic stretches and balance exercises. At Rebound Pet Rehab also utilise specialised equipment to keep the exercises progressing such as Physioballs, therapy bands, wobble boards and Cavaletti poles. Massage and acupuncture are also used to aid in muscle recovery, pain relief and the deactivation of trigger points.
We are also lucky enough to have a state-of-the-art underwater treadmill to provide Hydrotherapy. Our treadmill features heated water for both comfort & therapy, the ability to incline or decline so we can target limbs more effectively and clear perspex all around to allow for gait assessment of every patient while on the treadmill. Being able to visualise the gait while your pet is using the treadmill is important not only to monitor progress, but also to make any corrections straight away. For those patients that need their gait pattern to be retrained, a fully qualified staff member will be in the water with them.
But treatment does not finish at your visit. Your Pet Rehab veterinarian will discuss with you home exercises that you can do to ensure that your pet continues to progress in their recovery. These exercises will always be adjusted to fit your routine at home and what you feel comfortable doing with your pet.
At Rebound Pet Rehab, we work with you and your pets limitation to develop a personalised treatment protocol to help put the play back in their day.