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What are the benefits of physical
Physical Rehabilitation can help:
-Patients become mobile after a severe orthopedic or
-Patients safely use a painful limb after an injury or
-Improve and prolong the quality of life of geriatric and
-Achieve weight loss in overweight animals
-Manage acute and chronic pain
-Increase the fitness of athletic and working dogs
What are the goals and
expectations of physical rehabilitation for my companion
The goals of therapy vary between patients and are
based on the initial evaluation of the patient. They will be
clearly discussed with you after the initial evaluation.
Some patients may return to high-performance activities.
Others may have to function with life-long limitations that
are minimized with proper maintenance activities.
How long should it take for my
pet to fully recover after surgery?
Most rehabilitation programs last 6-8 weeks
How soon after the surgery does
the rehabilitation begin?
The pain and anti-inflammatory phases of rehabilitation
usually can start immediately after an injury or surgery.
Delaying rehabilitation is generally not beneficial. The
strengthening phase of rehabilitation generally starts two
weeks after surgery.
What animals do not benefit from
Physical rehabilitation cannot be an alternative to a
stabilizing joint surgery. A veterinarian may not recommend
physical rehabilitation for conditions such as CHF, enlarged
heart, epilepsy, bleeding and respiratory issues.
Are there conditions where it is
preferable to do physical rehabilitation without surgery?
Conditions where physical rehabilitation is beneficial
without surgery include arthritis and DJD, inactive dogs
with decreased range of motion, and older dogs, which cannot
safely undergo anesthesia.
Can I have additional veterinary
services performed here?
No; all medications prescribed and general veterinary
services should be taken care of by your family vet. If an
x-ray is recommended, you will be referred back to your