One of the multiple modalities in canine rehabilitation to help dogs heal is hydrotherapy. Pups can suffer through all types of conditions that are either due to overexertion, injuries, genetics, aging, or diet. Even young dogs can develop issues that require particular steps for adequate treatment and pain relief. Hydrotherapy for dogs can help alleviate some of the pain from chronic conditions and injuries. If your furry friend suffers from mobility problems, Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center provides hydrotherapy for dogs to get your pal moving again. If you live in the St. Petersburg and Tamp Bay area, you have a place you can bring your dog for healing.
Chiropractic therapy for dogs may be just as helpful as it is for humans. Canines can experience a wide variety of spinal alignment issues whether they’re born with a disease, injure themselves, or acquire inevitable aches and pains as they age. Tampa Bay area pet owners can take proper action to ensure their pets get well regardless of how or when the health issue presents itself. Avoiding the problem or trying to let it heal on its own can sometimes make matters worse, and what began as a minor issue can quickly turn into a severe condition. Sometimes conditions can start to take a turn for the worse, and then it can be difficult and expensive to treat. Chiropractic therapy for dogs provides benefits that may improve certain conditions and recovery time.
Arthritis is inflammation of any joint in the body. Inflammation may have many causes. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which can be due to wear and tear on joints from overuse, aging, and injury or from an unstable joint which, for example, occurs with a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) in the knee. The chronic form of arthritis is termed degenerative joint disease (DJD). A rehabilitation consultation and assessment can determine how we can help your dog strengthen muscles and relieve paid utilizing an individualized program at the Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center.
CCL Rupture – In dogs and cats the stifle (knee) is in a constant state of partial flexion, unlike a human knee. It is stabilized by several ligaments but the most common ligament that becomes injured is the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which correlates to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in humans. If the CCL ruptures completely, it will be diagnosed during a physical exam. It is common that during the complete tear of the CCL, damage also occurs to the medial meniscus. The medial meniscus is a cartilage stabilizing cushion that the bottom of the thigh bone rests on primarily. Dr. Brown performs the CBLO procedure to stabilize full and partial CCL tears. Rehabilitation therapy following CBLO, TPLO, TTA, and lateral suture repair surgeries can improve return to function 20% more than without rehab therapy.
Canine stem cell and other regenerative therapies like Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and IRAP are an exciting new area of veterinary medicine and is offered at Central Animal Hospital, an affiliate of Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center. Mark C. Brown, DVM, CCRP was the first veterinarian in Pinellas County to become credentialed for harvesting and administering stem cells to aid in the treatment of canine osteoarthritis. Combined with canine rehabilitation therapy, your dog can achieve more optimum results without rehab therapy.
Obesity is a condition in which the natural energy reserve of mammals expands far beyond normal levels to the point where it impairs health. In wild animals, obesity is relatively rare, but is common in domestic animals like dogs and other household pets that get too much food and not enough exercise. Using an individualized approach with canine rehabilitation modalities, your dog can achieve weight loss and improve its health.
Proper nutrition and rehabilitation/physical medicine go hand and hand to help achieve optimal results. Premium quality pet foods and natural supplements are effective in helping to treat certain conditions while your dog undergoes canine rehabilitation therapy.
Hip Dysplasia is a congenital disease that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. A combination of genetic and environmental factors cause arthritis and(delete these two words) hip dysplasia. This condition is common in many dog breeds, particularly the larger breeds. In the normal anatomy of the hip joint, the thigh bone (femur) joins the hip in the hip joint, specifically the caput ossis femoris. The almost spherical end of the femur articulates with the hip bone acelabulum, a partly cartilaginous mold into which the caput neatly fits. When this joint is compromised, hip dysplasia may occur, and an exam and Xrays will help a veterinarian assess a definitive diagnosis. Let Dr. Brown help you determine if canine rehabilitation can be of assistance.
Acupuncture involves the use of fine needles placed at specific stimulus points on the body to treat conditions or symptoms. Each point has a specific action and can work synergistically in groups of points to correct imbalances in the mind and body. Acupuncture can help in the treatment of many disorders of the musculoskeletal, neurological, gastrointestinal, reproductive, or dermatological systems. It can also be used to stimulate faster healing and provide pain relief following surgery.
Dogs that have undergone spinal surgery commonly have limited mobility and even paralysis. It is critical to the recovery of the pet that they receive rehabilitation in the early post-operative period. This is important because neurological recovery is a time-sensitive matter. We can begin rehab therapy as soon as sutures are removed from your dog’s surgery site, usually about two weeks after the surgery—the sooner, the better the outcome for recovery.
Luxating patella, or trick knee, is a condition in which the patella (kneecap) dislocates or moves out of place. Causes for this may include some form of blunt trauma, or possibly a congenital defect. Patellar luxation is a common condition in dogs, particularly small and miniature breeds. There are several stages in patellar luxation, ranging from minor to very serious. When a luxating patella is accompanied by lameness in the same hind limb, surgery may be the best option. The surgery involves deepening the groove that the patella sits in and changing the insertion point of the patellar tendon on the crest which is on top of the shin bone (tibia). This surgery is called Trochlear Wedge Osteoplasty with Tibial Crest Transposition. Weight management is essential to keep low grade luxating patellar from worsening. Sometimes surgery is avoidable if the pet shows no signs of lameness with low grade luxation. Patellar surgeries are performed commonly at Central Animal Hospital, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center. Rehabilitation therapy following surgery beginning at two weeks post-op is included with this surgery.
Therapeutic exercises offer a host of benefits in veterinary rehabilitation. It will not only restore the stability, endurance, and strength of pet rehab patients. But it can also improve balance, motor control, flexibility, and even increase a dog’s range of motion (ROM). Abnormal ROM generally means that a patient’s joint is either too loose or too tight. When applying to increase ROM, the certified practitioner needs to identify which joint needs treatment. They also have to determine in what direction they aim to improve the range. The goal of range of motion exercises for canine rehabilitation is to gain functional capacity.
As in humans, post-operative rehabilitation allows the patient to heal faster and more completely with less pain and greater long-standing beneficial effects. Typical post-operative sessions last from 3-12 visits. Neurologic surgery may require weeks to months of rehab therapy.
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