Veterinary Specialty Center’s Rehabilitation and Integrative Care Department provides pets a place to heal, feel better and thrive. We provide a wide range of therapeutic services in our 8,600 square foot facility. Our patients range from dogs and cats that have had orthopedic surgery to pets with arthritis and other chronic illnesses. Although most of our patients are dogs, we do love cats. We have success with treatments after surgery, for arthritis, to treat anxiety and chronic illnesses.
Dogs and cats that have had orthopedic procedures can benefit from rehabilitation to restore mobility and feel more comfortable. Our most common post-operative patients are dogs who have had stifle injures and have had surgery (most commonly a TPLO). We also work with some dogs that may not be able to benefit from surgery and use therapy to increase strength and some mobility.
Back injuries – usually an intervertebral disc extrusion – are our second most common type of post-surgical rehabilitation case. An intervertebral disc is like a cushion between our vertebrae and they can extrude into the spinal column causing pain and paralysis. Dachshunds are the most common breed to suffer from this condition but it can also occur in large breed dogs. Although the pathology is different with larger dogs, rehabilitation is very similar.
We offer a wide range of treatments – underwater treadmill, gym exercises, acupuncture, chiropractic, laser therapy, acoustic compression therapy and therapeutic ultrasound.
People are not the only ones that suffer from arthritis. It is one of the more common chronic conditions that can affect older pets or younger pets that have been injured or have various congenital conditions. Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints causing it to become unstable, destroying the cartilage. Once the cartilage is gone, bones will rub against each other causing pain and decreasing mobility.
Dogs and cats with arthritis may have subtle but almost expected signs for their age such as shorter walks, stiffness when they get up or sleeping more. There can also be more dramatic and life-altering signs of arthritis-like – difficulty getting in the right position to eliminate, not being able to go upstairs or showing signs of pain (crying out or avoiding favorite activities). These signs are all indications that your pet may need assistance with pain management with a combination of physical and integrative therapy.
Our most common treatments to treat pain and increase range of motion are laser therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and other holistic methods.
We also treat patients with cancer, kidney disease and other chronic medical conditions. We do not interfere with traditional treatment that your pet may be receiving and work in conjunction with our specialists and your veterinarian to complement their medical plan. Acupuncture and some herbal treatments can stimulate their appetite and assist in keeping them more comfortable.
Because we have so many tools to assist your pet, our doctors and their team assess each pet and develop a personalized treatment plan. We work with you to make sure the plan is effective and suits your ability to assist with treatment. We use treats for positive encouragement and our plans are flexible. If a pet isn’t tolerating treatment for any reason, we’ll make changes.
We set up regular rechecks with our doctors so we can evaluate and modify the plan if needed. We encourage you to ask us questions during the process and give us feedback between rechecks so we can continue to progress with our treatment plans.
We work with you to create a home plan for your pet to help assist in their recovery. The plans can range from exercises to help with endurance and flexibility to applying warm compresses. We also recommend the Assis loops for home care. They help decrease pain by increasing Nitric Oxide.