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Canine Rehabilitation Brochure
Ashton Thompson, DVM, CCRP
James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT, RSO
Canine Exercise Solutions
Veterinary medicine has made phenomenal advancements in the past ten years. One of the most recent advancements has been in rehabilitation. Whether your best friend has had a surgical procedure due to injury, has been slowed down by aging or disease, or could benefit from a weight loss or conditioning program, veterinary rehabilitation can accelerate their road to recovery and well-being.
Did you know that loss of muscle mass can begin within 24 hours following surgery or serious injury? Injuries can also lead to pain, swelling, loss of motor control, and joint stiffening. With the use of rehabilitation therapy, we can help to combat these problems.
Improved joint and muscle function
Increased strength, balance, flexibility, endurance, and performance
Decreased pain, swelling, and complications
Decreased loss of muscle mass
Increased speed of healing and recovery
Positive psychological benefits
Geriatric/ Osteoarthritis Program
Weight Loss Program
Athletic Conditioning Program
Home Exercise Program
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy
Assistive devices and orthotics
Booties, orthotics, carts, and assistive devices
Harnesses and slings
Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our canine and feline companions by ensuring speedy recovery from injury and successful surgical outcomes, and to help patients remain active, mobile, and pain free.
Pets suffering from orthopedic issues often have pain, loss of muscle mass, and decreased mobility. Our orthopedic rehabilitation program is aimed at treating muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and joints by combining therapeutic exercise with treatments such as laser, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic ultrasound to increase strength, flexibility, and comfort of the patient.
Common orthopedic conditions we treat are:
Hip dysplasia, cranial cruciate rupture (CCL injury), patella luxation, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), legg-calve-perthes, biciptal tenosynovitis, elbow dysplasia, fragmented medial coronoid process (FCP), ununited anconeal process (UAP), elbow incongruity, carpal hyperextension, angular limb deformities, medial shoulder instability, luxations, muscle contractures, muscle strains, fractures, ligament and tendon injuries.
Injuries or disorders of the nervous system often result in weakness, loss of muscle mass, imbalances, gait abnormalities, and pain. Through rehabilitation, we focus on strengthening, gait retraining, and increasing comfort levels so that our patients can regain function. We also provide aid with assistive devices such as carts and harnesses to help increase your pet’s mobility when needed.
Common neurologic conditions we treat are:
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD), cervical disc disease, thoracolumbar disc disease, degenerative myelopathy, degenerative lumbosacral stenosis, wobbler syndrome (cervical spondylomyelopathy), fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy (FCE), neoplasia, traumatic injuries, discospondylitis, and atlantoaxial luxation
As pets age, they become prone to slowing down due to decreased mobility, weight gain, and joint discomfort from arthritic changes. The combination of these conditions often affect your pet’s well-being and decreases their independence. Our geriatric and osteoarthritis rehabilitation program focuses on increasing your pet’s mobility, strength, and comfort so that they can maintain an active, high quality lifestyle.
Obesity is a common problem in our pet population. Pets that do not maintain an ideal body condition often suffer from joint pain, decreased mobility, carry an increased risk of injury, and have a decreased life span. As your pet ages, obesity plays a significant role in their comfort levels and quality of life. Our weight loss program is focused on sessions in our underwater treadmill, land exercises, and nutritional recommendations. We also provide you with an at- home program to ensure your pet’s success during their weight loss journey.
Is your pet involved in agility, lure coursing, or other sporting events? Is your pet not getting the appropriate amount of exercise due to busy schedules or the weather? Our athletic conditioning program can assist you with increasing your pet’s fitness level. Through a combination of sessions on our underwater treadmill and land exercises, we can improve your pet’s muscular and cardiorespiratory strength and endurance. We can also provide non-pharmaceutical treatments to relieve muscle and joint discomfort that are more commonly seen in our athletic patients.
Common athletic conditions we treat are:
Muscle strains, bicipital tenosynovitis, muscle contractures, tendinopathy, medial shoulder instability, iliopsoas strains, fragmented medial coronoid process (FCP), ligament and tendon injuries
If you live in an area that would require a long commute to our clinic or have a schedule that doesn’t allow for regular in-clinic sessions but feel that rehabilitation could still benefit your pet, our home exercise program is a great option. After an initial in-clinic consult, we can provide you with a tailored treatment plan that includes access to videos and directions for exercises you can perform at home. As your pet advances, we will work closely with you to update this program so that your pet achieves their highest level of success.
Therapeutic laser is a form of light therapy that enhances cellular functions to promote healing. This form of therapy assists with pain management, reduces inflammation, and accelerates tissue, wound, and nerve repair.
Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to create deep tissue heating. This allows for increased stretching of tissues which results in enhanced movement of joints and muscles. It also decreases pain and muscle spasms and promotes wound and fracture healing.
Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) uses a current to stimulate muscle contraction. Electrically stimulated muscle contraction increases muscular strength and endurance, provides muscle re-education following injury, decreases muscle loss from disuse of a limb, and improves joint mobility.
Electrical stimulation (ESTIM) is also used for pain control, swelling reduction, and to accelerate wound healing.
The use of an underwater treadmill allows for pets with balance issues, pain, or muscle weakness, to exercise more comfortably due to the buoyancy of the water. The support of the water is also helpful for patients recovering from a recent surgery or injury and for neurologic patients that need gait retraining.
The resistance of the water enhances range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, and cardiorespiratory endurance. The underwater treadmill also provides therapeutic heating effects due to the water being kept at a warm temperature.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is one of the newest technologies to come to veterinary medicine. It uses targeted electromagnetic pulses to enhance cellular pathways involved in decreasing inflammation. It has also been shown to accelerate healing.
This therapy is a safe and effective approach to pain management and is a great alternative or complement to pharmaceutical therapies aimed at the reduction of inflammation and pain. A benefit of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is that it can be utilized in the comfort of your home.
Therapeutic exercise is a combination of strengthening, balance, and awareness exercises, along with range of motion and stretching. It is used to improve a patient’s muscular strength, core strength, endurance, flexibility, mobility, speed, limb placement, and balance. It achieves these outcomes by increasing muscle mass, providing more comfortable movement, and improving performance so as to reduce future injury.
When a pet has a normal stance, the front limbs bear 60% of the pet’s weight and the rear limbs bear the remaining 40%. These numbers are also evenly distributed between the left and right limbs of the pet. In a pet experiencing a visible lameness, pain, or structural abnormality, these numbers are altered. Using a computerized system, we are able to objectively evaluate these parameters. This can be useful for evaluating your pet, creating tailored treatment plans, and tracking your pet’s progress.
Does your dog slip or slide on hard surfaces? Dogs use their nails as traction to keep from sliding but have nothing to grip with when walking on hard surfaces. ToeGrips are a nonslip surface that are applied directly to your dog’s toenails to keep them on their feet. ToeGrips help to restore the confidence in senior and arthritic pets due to their new found mobility. They also reduce the risk of injuries due to slips and falls. ToeGrips are worn continuously for 1-3 months and are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Contact us about ToeGrips for your pet and get their quality of life back!
ToeGrips are great for:
Cruciate ligament injuries
Hind end weakness
Assistive devices/ wheelchairs
We work closely with pet owners to help make the best decisions when it comes to assistive devices. We make sure to work within your budget to get your pet the right cart, harness, or orthotic they need. We have worked with OrthoPets, Help ‘Em Up, Walkin' Wheels, Eddie’s Wheels, K9 Carts, Doggon’ Wheels, and many more! We are committed to making sure your dog is comfortable and has the best quality of life possible. Adjusting to a wheelchair or other assistive device can take time, but we are here to help make that transition as smooth as possible.
The Assisi Loop is a portable, FDA approved, Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-Inflammatory Device (NPAID). It is a safe pain management technology that can be used alone or in conjunction with your pet’s current treatment plan. This loop offers pet owners the ability to provide pain relief and healing for their pet at home. The Assisi Loop uses a targeted pulsed electromagnetic field (tPEMF) to causes a release of Nitric Oxide which is a key component associated with healing. This technology has been shown to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, and accelerate the healing of damaged tissues, and can penetrate through bandages, casts, and fur. Each treatment is approximately 15 minutes long and the loop automatically shuts off when the treatment time is completed. Each device offers a minimum of 150 treatments and is easy to use at home. There are no contraindications for the treatment of patients with cancer and this technology is even used in people undergoing breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. The Assisi Loop is a great option for when NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can not be used, such as patients with kidney or liver disease.
The Assisi Loop is great for:
Degenerative (neurologic) disorders
Ashton Thompson, DVM, CCRP
James R. Speiser, DVM, DABVP, CCRT, RSO
Kelly Werner, RVT, CCRA
If you would like further information on how rehabilitation can help your pet, call us at 317-782-4484 or email us at email@example.com