Just like us, our pets need physical therapy after a surgery or injury to improve their range of motion and their quality of life. That’s why Hawthorne Animal Hospital offers comprehensive rehabilitation services that address a variety of issues that may be keeping your pet from playing, running and roughhousing like they used to.
In many cases, starting your pet on a therapy plan early can often eliminate the need for expensive surgeries down the road, especially when part of a comprehensive care plan.
By combining hands-on treatment with the latest technologies, physical therapy can be used to treat a number of conditions that affect your pet, such as:
Together, our veterinarians and therapists will develop a care plan customized to your pet’s specific needs to help them recuperate faster, which can include a combination of the following:
In many cases, traditional physical therapy may be combined with other healthcare approaches, including medication, supplements, prescription pet food, and lifestyle changes to maximize your pet’s outcomes and help restore normal function to their muscles and joints.
By hitting the pool, your dog can walk off the pain and stiffness that keeps him glued to the couch. Our underwater treadmill is ideal for patients who need a low-impact, high-resistance form of physical therapy.
Hydrotherapy helps pets bounce back faster after surgery since the water decreases joint stress and provides resistance for enhanced strength training while comfortably supporting the pet’s body weight. In addition to post-op recovery, underwater therapy can be used to treat a variety of health conditions or if your dog just needs to start an exercise regimen.
A rehab consultation with a Hawthorne veterinarian will give us the information we need to build a hydrotherapy plan that is right for your pet. After a physical examination, the doctor will provide recommendations for at-home exercises and restrictions and a plan for underwater treadmill therapy at our clinic. The plan will include the number of sessions that are recommended, the speed at which your pet will walk, and the height of the water to give your pet the right amount of resistance.
The pet rehabilitation and therapy service field continues to grow rapidly, and Hawthorne remains at the forefront of vet clinics in St. Louis, offering innovative treatments, cutting-edge equipment and an experienced team focused on your pet’s health and happiness. For more information, contact the pet rehabilitation team at our Glen Carbon vet clinic at 618-288-3971.