What is Rehabilitation Medicine?

Physical therapy is a well-established part of the human healthcare system. Medical doctors routinely prescribe physical therapy for neurological injuries, fractures, orthopedic surgeries, sprains, strains, wounds, and arthritis. Similarly to people, our pets suffer from these same conditions and require many of the same orthopedic surgeries; and like people physical therapy, or canine rehabilitation, is an extremely important part of a complete recovery.

The goals of rehabilitation are to promote optimal healing and an early return to fun and function, while preventing the complications that can occur from injuries or disuse. The art and science of rehabilitation as provided by a credentialed professional can help your canine companion get safely back on their feet and their tail wagging.

What can you expect?

We understand the stress and heartache that comes from seeing one of our furry children hurting. There are many factors that are used to determine the best course of therapy and a few of them are:

    1. Type of surgery or injury your pet had
    2. Age of your pet
    3. Temperament of the pet.
    4. Size and body condition of the pet

On your first visit Dr. Kathryn Hartline will evaluate your pet’s condition and determine the best course of action for your pet, which will include a rehabilitation program specific to your pets condition and needs. Included in the program are not only in-clinic therapies, but also a home exercise program to help with patient progress between visits.

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