Rehabilitation at Windcrest Animal Hospital
You wouldn’t want to risk an expensive surgery with an incomplete recovery. Pets can benefit from rehab in the same ways people do.
Physical rehabilitation not only benefits pets that are recovering from surgery; it can benefit any pet that is in need of physical therapy.
All rehabilitation patients must be referred by a veterinarian who approves of the plan of care, maintains responsibility for the patient’s care throughout the process and assumes ongoing responsibility of the patient’s care upon completion.
The referring veterinarian will receive a copy of the initial evaluation and plan of care, progress notes and a discharge summary upon completion of the rehab program.
Although our team primarily works with dogs, cats, rabbits and even and a desert fox have also received rehabilitation at our Center.
Our team of dedicated rehab professionals under the direction of medical director, Dr. Morgan Dawkins, works as a referral service to the veterinary community.
Rehabilitation services are provided by physical therapist Kate Christian, DPT, CCRP. She has acquired her Canine Rehabilitation Therapist Certification from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville.
Kate Christian, DPT, CCRP, is our Rehabilitation Therapist from Wilmington, Delaware where she lives with her three dogs. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2005 from the University of Delaware, where she also received her BA in Neuroscience in 2001. In 2007, Kate completed courses through the University of Tennessee to become at Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Common Indications for Pet Rehabilitation:
- Hip dysplasia/elbow dysplasia
- Bone and joint surgeries
- Spinal injuries/surgeries
- Neurologic Diseases (DM, FCE, IVDD)
- Pain management
- Obesity/weight loss
Treatment Services include:
- Individualized evaluation and assessment including home care and client education
- Therapeutic laser
- Underwater treadmill
- Manual therapy
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Electrical stimulation
- Gait training
- Therapeutic exercise
- Proprioceptive and balance training
- Wellness program
- Splinting, bracing and assistive devices
Advantages of Pet Rehabilitation:
- Provides maximized recovery from surgery
- Faster wound healing with our laser therapy
- Reduces pain and inflammation
- Provides accelerated healing of injured tissue
- Reduces need for anti-inflammatory drug usage
- Maintains and restores range of motion and muscle mass
- Builds strength and endurance
- Reduces gait abnormalities
- Improves overall function and quality of life
Description of Pet Rehabilitation Treatments:
Our underwater treadmill allows animals to exercise without stressing their joints. Similar to a human treadmill, speed can be increased and decreased as well as inclined, according to the pet’s needs.
Swimming is a great cardiovascular exercise and offers a no impact way to increase strength and endurance. All breeds of dogs can benefit from swimming and most love it!
And our hydrotherapy is not limited to just dogs; other pets, including cats and a rabbit, have reaped the benefits of this therapy.
Deep-penetrating photons from the laser affect the chemistry of a cell in a variety of helpful ways. Pets receiving laser therapy after surgery have less pain, with faster recovery and less complications. Laser therapy can reduce healing time for wounds and speed up regeneration.
Electric stimulation is used to relieve pain, prevent muscle atrophy or increase strength of muscles that are under utilized. The current is delivered through electrodes placed on the skin over a muscle or a muscle group. Electric stimulation is ideal for post-surgical patients who are non-weight bearing or have restricted use of certain muscles.
Therapeutic ultrasound is a heating agent for deep tissue and used to aid in the recovery of musculoskeletal injuries. It increases blood flow to the affected area and accelerates the healing process. Ultrasound is very helpful in treating joint motion limiting conditions and soft tissue injuries.
The therapists use their hands in every treatment, whether it is a relaxing massage to help warm up the muscles for a workout or intense joint mobilizations. Deep tissue massage, stretching and cross friction massage are some of the other forms of manual therapy.
Therapeutic exercise is used for a variety of reasons:
- Increase weight bearing
- Gait training
- Improve proprioception
- Improve balance
- Improve quality of movement
Examples of therapeutic exercises include:
- Cavaletti rails
- Cone weaves
- Stair walking
- Curb walking
- Figure eights
- Balance board
- Sit to stands
Contact Windcrest Animal Hospital today for an appointment: (302) 998-2995