Companion Animal 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 older arthritic patients, in patients with hip dysplasia, and in patients with soft tissue injuries such as sprains and strains.

The Companion Animal Rehabilitation Therapy service at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson can also provide a weight-loss program utilizing an underwater treadmill for low-impact exercise, which will not only result in weight loss, but strengthen underused muscles and improve joint mobility, allowing your pet to feel better, younger and more energetic to participate in their favorite activities again.

For canine athletes and couch potatoes alike, we can develop an individualized conditioning 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 paralysis from intervertebral disc disease or spinal trauma, with a time and patience, function can often be improved and/or restored with some well-planned rehabilitation therapy.

Our Rehabilitation team works closely with our Surgery, Neurology and Internal Medicine services to determine which treatment will provide the best outcome for your pet depending on its needs.