Pet Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Pet physical therapy techniques are extremely beneficial for animals who need to regain strength, mobility, and balance due to injury or surgery. It can also be very helpful for those pets who need additional measures to control pain.
Our veterinarian, Dr. Scaglione is working towards becoming a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner. She works with dogs to restore their full range of motion and quality of life through guided exercises, assisted stretching, and more.
When Might Physical Therapy Benefit Your Pet?
Physical therapy for pets is beneficial for many conditions and situations, including:
- Post-surgery care including cruciate and other joint surgeries
- Joint condition (i.e. IVDD, arthritis)
- Spinal disorders, disc disease, or neck and back pain
- Ligament, tendon, or muscle injuries
- Neurological conditions
- Difficulty exercising, walking, or rising
- Weight management
Signs your pet may need physical therapy include:
- Difficulty getting up after lying down
- Reluctance or difficulty using the stairs
- Unwillingness to go on long walks
- Signs of pain such as vocalizations or sleeping more often
- Favoring one side
- Limping or holding up one leg
What Does Pet Physical Therapy Entail?
Park Ridge Animal Hospital is dedicated to helping your pet heal from their injuries or conditions. We work to develop a comprehensive and personal plan that may include the following:
- Treadmill work
- Cavaletti and pole work
- Therapeutic exercises (i.e. obstacle courses)
- Active and passive range of motion
- Heat and cold therapy
- Laser therapy
- Assisted stretching
- Balance exercises
- And more
All of our rehabilitation efforts aim to restore your pet’s function, strength, coordination, range of motion and ultimately, their quality of life.
Continuing Therapy at Home
The care we provide does not end after a physical therapy visit. Our veterinary rehabilitation program includes a custom online home therapy plan for you and your pet to follow. This home exercise program is complete with videos meant to maximize the treatment for your pet so they can make a faster, fuller recovery.
Please contact us today at (201) 391-9494 if you think your pet would benefit from our veterinary rehabilitation services. While we primarily see canine patients, we can also work with your feline friends, too.