Physical Rehabilitation at The Veterinary Clinic in Brunswick
Just like humans, pets often suffer from injuries and conditions that require physical therapy in order to heal faster and to retain mobility. Your veterinarian at the Brunswick Vet Clinic can help diagnose your pet’s condition and develop a course of treatment plan that includes physical rehabilitation for your pet.
What is Pet Physical Rehabilitation?
Physical rehabilitation for pets is about applying the basic principles of physical therapy to help increase mobility, function and the overall quality of life of your pets. While there are different forms of physical therapy, the most common options from your veterinarian include exercise and massage to afflicted areas.
Conditions Physical Therapy Helps
Physical therapy helps many different conditions in your pet, including:
- Postoperative cranial cruciate ligament recovery
- Head and neck conditions
- Spinal cord diseases
- Joint and muscle pain due to obesity
Available Forms of Physical Rehabilitation
At the Brunswick Vet Clinic, our veterinary staff members offer several different forms of physical therapy at our animal hospital to meet your dogs' needs. This includes the latest innovations that are currently available.
Underwater Treadmill Hydrotherapy
Hydrotherapy uses water as a tool to improve muscle tone and mobility in pets. The water helps your pet use a variety of muscles while minimizing stress on the joints. This also helps to build muscle and endurance to support localized injuries and to help them heal faster. Hydrotherapy is commonly used to treat cruciate ligament injuries and break repairs.
Cavalettis are small jumps made from wood that is commonly used in horse training. Occasionally, this method is used to encourage joint motion and to help strengthen all limbs after an injury.
Balance balls help a dog rebuild muscle and improve overall conditioning. This method of physical therapy is often fun and enjoyable for your pet. The balls often have a flat bottom that sits securely on the ground while the dog maintains balance on top of the curved surface.
Companion Laser Therapy
Laser therapy is effective in treating acute pain and chronic conditions after surgery. The treatments are administered to tissues and take approximately five to 10 minutes. Chronic patients generally start to show improvement after three to five treatment sessions.
Contact The Veterinary Clinic in Brunswick, ME Today
If you have a pet that could benefit from physical rehabilitation, contact our veterinary staff at The Brunswick Vet Clinic at (207) 729-3412 to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. Whether this is your first visit to our animal hospital or you are a current client, we can provide you will everything you need to keep your pet healthy and happy.