In the field of veterinary care, a relatively new but fast-growing approach has emerged that has revolutionized how we view the health and happiness of our beloved pets. In this blog post, our veterinarians in Vancouver will discuss the benefits of physical therapy and rehabilitation as a means of enhancing the quality of life for our four-legged friends.

What is Pet Rehabilitation?

Pet rehabilitation, also known as pet physical therapy, is a specialized field of veterinary medicine that focuses on improving the mobility, function, and overall well-being of animals through targeted exercise programs, manual therapies, and innovative techniques. Whether aiding in post-operative recovery, managing chronic conditions, or simply optimizing performance, pet rehabilitation can help our furry companions lead happier and healthier lives

What are the Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation?

In the past, pet owners were advised to use therapeutic exercises only when their dog or cat was in pain or after surgery. However, recent research has shown that there are more options available to help cats and dogs stay active, recover, receive suitable exercise, and maintain their quality of life with PT services for dogs and cats.

Our therapy training services at Mountain View Veterinary Hospital offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • 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 (inflammation medication) 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 primary benefits of veterinary rehabilitation is its non-invasive nature. This makes it an appealing option for pet owners who are hesitant to choose surgical interventions or pharmaceutical treatments.

By utilizing the body's natural healing mechanisms, rehabilitation harnesses 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 pets?

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 at 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 pet? Contact our vets in Vancouver to book an examination for your pet today.