Dogs and cats, like humans, can suffer from physical illnesses and injuries that can lead to mobility issues, pain, and slow recovery. However, veterinary rehabilitation therapy can benefit our beloved four-legged friends by improving their mobility, managing pain, and aiding recovery. Our vets in Vancouver discuss the benefits and effects of physical rehabilitation for pets.

Enhance Mobility for Dogs & Cats 

Pets who suffer from mobility challenges due to age-related issues, orthopedic conditions, or neurological disorders can find hope through physical rehabilitation.

A customized program of exercises, hydrotherapy, and massage can help dogs and cats regain strength and flexibility in their muscles and joints.

Whether it's a senior dog struggling with arthritis or a cat recovering from a spinal injury, rehabilitation can help them move with greater ease and grace, renewing their love for life.

Effective Pain Management for Dogs & Cats 

Pets suffering from chronic pain can experience a significant reduction in their quality of life, making it difficult for them to participate in everyday activities.

While medications may provide temporary relief, they can also have side effects. On the other hand, physical therapy treats the underlying cause of the pain.

Cold Laser therapy and acupuncture are examples of therapeutic modalities that can ease the pain by improving blood circulation, reducing inflammation, and triggering the release of natural painkillers called endorphins.

By addressing the root cause of pain through rehabilitation, dogs and cats can regain their comfort and enjoy a pain-free life again, with the ability to engage in activities they love.

What are the Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation?

  • Improved function and quality of movement
  • Reduction of pain, swelling (inflammation), and complications
  • Improve muscle strength
  • Minimize muscle loss (atrophy)
  • Contribute to alleviating pain from chronic conditions, e.g., arthritis & obesity
  • Increased speed of recovery
  • Increased strength, range of motion, endurance, and performance
  • Non-invasive approach
  • Psychological implications for both animal and owner
  • Improved and prolonged quality of life
  • Prevention of other injuries
  • Decreased need for NSAIDs or other medications, e.g., Metacam
  • Improvement or preservation of muscle, nerve, and joint function

When Should Rehabilitation be Applied to Animals? 

  • Post-surgical recovery:  orthopedic, neurological
  • Musculoskeletal injuries, e.g., sprains, strains, tendonitis, muscle weakness
  • Disc disease, pain, paresis
  • Gait abnormalities, e.g., lameness, asymmetry
  • Joint injuries, e.g., arthritis
  • Wound healing
  • Pain management
  • Performance problems in the canine athlete
  • Swelling and circulation problems
  • Cardiorespiratory complications
  • Weight loss/management

The Non-Invasive Approach

One of the main features of veterinary rehabilitation is its non-invasive nature. This makes it an attractive option for pet owners who are hesitant to opt for surgical interventions or pharmaceutical treatments.

By utilizing the body's natural healing mechanisms, rehabilitation taps into the power of natural remedies to promote wellness from within.

The holistic approach reduces the risks associated with invasive procedures and promotes a sense of well-being in our beloved pets. It fosters a harmonious balance between body, mind, and spirit.

Is Physical Rehabilitation Right for My Dog & Cat?

Physical rehabilitation benefits our pets, helping them overcome physical challenges and lead fulfilling lives. By focusing on pain management, better mobility, and overall well-being, rehabilitation specialists can make a significant difference in the lives of dogs and their families.

If you think your dog could benefit from physical rehabilitation, please speak to our veterinarians in Vancouver. Our team will examine your pet and help you determine whether physical rehabilitation could help your furry family member feel better and regain their zest for life.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet. 

Want to learn more about how physical rehabilitation could help your dog or cat? Contact our vets in Vancouver to book an examination for your pet today.