Animal Rehabilitation | Forget the Ruff Stuff!

June 17th, 2019 | ​​​​​​​Canine Rehabilitation, Hydrotherapy, Senior Dogs

Much like humans, our canine friends can often benefit from physical animal rehabilitation to improve strength, flexibility, and balance.

Animal rehabilitation in Tampa is offered by physical therapists who work closely with your dog over a period of weeks or months to achieve the best possible physical outcomes. They work with dogs of all breeds and sizes. We feel better when our bodies allow us to move freely, and so do our dogs! The right rehabilitation in Tampa can help restore your pet’s quality of life.

Who Can Benefit From Animal Rehabilitation in Tampa?

If you have health or mobility concerns for your pet, they can benefit from animal rehabilitation in Tampa. Your concerns may include:

  • Injuries

  • Surgery and recovery

  • Aging

  • Arthritis or other degenerative diseases

All of these conditions and more can be improved with animal rehabilitation in Tampa.

What Type of Animal Rehabilitation Services Are There?

Your pup can access a range of animal rehabilitation services in Tampa, depending on their specific needs. Services include:

  • Laser therapy

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Underwater treadmill therapy

  • Chiropractic care

  • Land exercise training

  • Mobility training

  • Arthritis treatment

  • Stem cell and regenerative therapies

  • Weight loss programs

Sounds Good to Me, But How Will You Convince My Dog?

By forgetting the ruff stuff! Your pup is going to need gentle guidance as they progress through animal rehabilitation in Tampa. We will indeed ask things about your dog that are unfamiliar to them, so it’s essential that first and foremost, we establish trust with your pet.

We will spend the first few sessions getting to know your pet, being patient, and using low-stress handling methods. This will help establish a bond that we need for your pup to trust us through the process and achieve the best possible outcome.

What is Low-Stress Handling?

Low-stress handling as a part of our animal rehabilitation in Tampa is a method for reducing stress and building confidence in animals. Using techniques like proper leash handling, counter-conditioning with treats, and creating a safe, relaxed environment, we ease your pet into therapy. It also involves:

  • Paying attention to the dog’s behavior and reading their body language to detect fear or anxiety

  • Keeping a composed demeanor, especially when approaching or handling dogs directly

  • Tracking and adjusting to your dog’s behavior with techniques that will encourage your pet’s participation in rehab

  • Using sights, sounds, and smells that entice a dog and make them feel safe

We understand the first step to any successful animal rehabilitation in Tampa is building a bond with your dog. We take our cues from each individual animal to ensure the pet’s comfort during the process.

Hydrotherapy Offers Comfort to Joints During Rehabilitation

Physical therapy for both dogs and humans can be a challenging time. Especially if the break down of scar tissue is involved. It is just generally uncomfortable for dogs during their healing periods, but there are ways to make it easier. For example, Hydrotherapy. This form of therapy entails exercises while in the water. This alleviates some of the pressure put on potentially sore joints and allows for more effortless movement. Not to mention, Hydrotherapy promotes blood circulation, heals tissue, and increases range of motion while keeping your dog as comfortable as possible. Even if your dog doesn’t like water, there are ways to influence them with treats and a comfortable, safe environment with trained professionals.

Contact Us

Animal rehabilitation in Tampa is not a quick fix; it takes time to build trust between the therapist and the client. But the gains that can be made are substantial, like when your pup can bound down the stairs again or jump into bed with you. We want to help your dog reach a better quality of life, and it’s well worth the patience it will take to get there. Contact Us online or call us at (727) 677-9500. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your furry friend!

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