What is veterinary rehabilitation (Physical therapy)?
Definition: a branch of medicine that aims to enhance and restore functional ability to those with physical impairments or disabilities.
- Reduce pain
- Increase muscle mass
- Improve strength and range of motion
- Improve balance and coordination
- Improve quality of life
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Weight loss
- Mental stimulation
- Strengthen the human-animal bond
What is included in a canine/feline rehabilitation program?
Customized, targeted exercise and strength training programs, therapuetic modalities, client education, use of specific equipment (ie unstable surfaces), and use of alternative modalities. In combination, these will help your pet alleviate pain, restore function, and improve their physical abilities and overall quantity of life, while having a positive experience!
How do you know if your dog or cat can benefit from rehabilitation?
Your pet would benefit if:
Can my dog benefit from canine rehabilitation if they are not injured?
Definitely yes!!! Canine rehabilitation is not only about helping dogs make a come back, it's about keeping them strong so they never have to leave!
Our goals with canine rehabilitation are to be proactive about fitness and wellness, preventing injuries, and improving functioning through exercise, stretching, and other therapies.
Think about it like going to the gym - we go to keep ourselves strong and prevent injuries when doing the things we love. The same goes for our dogs!
Is canine rehabilitation appropriate for a companion dog?
Of course!!! Your dog does not need to be a competitor or in professional training to benefit from canine rehabilitation! Even pet dogs have a lot of physical stress put on their bodies, including those sharp stop and goes playing fetch, slipping on the kitchen floor, etc. All dogs - young, old, injured, fit, post-op surgery - can benefit from increased fitness, body awareness, and decreased pain!! Sometimes when you think 9 year old Fido is getting older, it may really be pain! You don't know until you get it checked out!
Do I need a vet referral?
No, you do not need a veterinary referral to see Dr. Shantel Julius, as she is a veterinarian. Unlike other services in the area, as a veterinarian, Dr. Shantel can diagnose, treat, and prescribe for your pet. That being said, we work closely with local veterinarians to provide whole health care for your pets, therefore we encourage open communication between professionals.