Physical canine rehabilitation is used to retrain nerves and muscles, alleviate pain and to help restore abilities lost due to injury or disease. At AVSRC, our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Dr. Mark Sharp, DVM CCRT, will focus on retraining the body so that normal function can resume. He will utilize a wide range of techniques so that each pet’s needs are met. He will also provide support and tools for caring for your recovering pet at home based on you and your pet's specific needs.
Candidates for Canine Rehabilitation
- Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Knee Surgery: Tibial Plateau Leveling, Osteotomy, Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
- Hip Surgery, Total Hip Replacement, Triple Pelvic Osteotomy, Femoral Head Osteotomy
- Fracture Repair and Amputation
- Patella Luxation
- Muscle Tears, Sprains and Strains
- Neurologic Conditions
- Back/Neck Pain
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Balance / Vestibular Disorders
- Proprioception Deficits
- Degenerative Myleopathy
- Muscle Weakness
- Geriatric Support Care
- Pain Management
- Athletic and Working Dogs – Strength, Endurance, Conditioning
Rehabilitation Services Offered
Cold Laser Therapy – Uses light to treat painful and debilitating conditions by stimulating inter-cellular activity, thus reducing pain and inflammation.
Heated Underwater Treadmill – Hydrotherapy aims to improve healing times and ensure appropriate healing of tissues.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – Low-voltage electrical current for pain relief that can reduce pain and swelling and increase circulation to the affected area. It can also aid in preventing muscle atrophy and in increasing range of motion.
Passive Range of Motion, Stretch and Massage – Gentle movements of a joint or joints through flexion and extension. Moving a joint helps to nourish the cartilage, maintain function and is crucial to the optimal healing of any injury.
Cryotherapy – Use of cold to reduce inflammation, to increase cell survival and reduce pain and spasm.
Balance and Proprioceptive Exercises – Increase your dog’s ability to stand and walk properly, increase balance and coordination, encourage limb use and strength and stability of the limb.
Goals of Canine Rehabilitation
- Faster and more complete recovery from injuries.
- Decreased pain and discomfort from injury, surgery, or chronic conditions.
- Increased strength, joint flexibility and mobility.
- Maximized recovery from surgery.
- Enhanced conditioning for athletic and performance dogs.
- Improved condition and mobility for arthritic pets.
- Minimize the effects of neurological defects with balance and proprioceptive training.
- Achieve healthy weight goals through exercise and mobility.