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Rehabilitation is like physical therapy in the human world, only targeted towards our pets. This is a comprehensive service provided, that focuses on pain control and reliving and improving the mobility of your pets. These two goals are not mutually exclusive from one another, but very important to focus on to help improve the quality of life. These life-changing benefits are done through a variety of modalities and exercises design to help treat pain and increase the strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance of your beloved animals. Rehabilitation is designed for those pets who either recently or maybe been experiencing for a long time, difficulty moving around due to some trauma that happened. This can be anything ranging from that aging dog who is now having difficulty walking up the stairs to an unfortunate hit by a car and now the pet has broken bones and nerve damage. Rehabilitation can be applied to many different conditions. If you are curious to know if your pet could benefit from rehabilitation, please, don’t hesitate to call and set up an appointment so that we may be able to assess both yours and your dog’s needs
Laser therapy is an innovative way to treat various conditions. This modality will target the different tissues like bone, muscle, skin, joints and stimulate them to become more metabolically active. In layman’s term, the target area will experience pain relief, decreased fluid buildup or edema, and faster healing. This is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, painless, easy, powerful and relatively inexpensive way to treat some common conditions like arthritis, intervertebral disc disease or other back-related injuries, torn cruciate, broken bones, abscesses, wounds, lick granulomas, post-surgery inflammation, and many more conditions.
Swimming is a wonderful exercise that many people experience numerous benefits. This is no difference for our pets. Swimming provides a low impact, high resistance form of exercise that can be used for numerous goals. Because of the low impact, when animals get in the water, they are not having to fight gravity putting pressure on their joints. This makes it ideal for those who suffer from arthritis and have recently been struggling to do normal daily activities. This allows them to move the joints through a normal range of motion while strengthening the muscles so that your pet not only moves around easier but also feels better. Because of the high resistance of moving through the water, this is an ideal way to exercise those of our pets who may have gotten a little overweight. There’s no judgment, we have all been there. Maintain an ideal weight or Body Condition Score for our pets is crucial if we want to ensure they live as long and happy a life as possible. This will help your pet burn off those extra pounds in a fun, safe, and efficient way.
Manual therapy is the physical aspect of rehabilitation. This is where performing various tasks like massage, passive range of motion, stretching, and various exercises that are each design to reduce any discomfort your pet is experiencing and help improve the mobility of your pet. Manual therapy has amazing benefits for those who experience arthritis due to an old injury or simply from our pets getting older, various neurologic diseases like Wobbler’s, degenerative myelopathy, intervertebral disc disease. And finally, our orthopedic diseases like torn cruciate, broken bones, hip dysplasia, and many more conditions.
Chiropractic Care is a treatment modality that focuses on restoring and maintaining your pet’s proper neurological function. When the spine is out of alignment, it alters the neurological communication to and from the brain. Performing chiropractic adjustments helps to repair and restore the neuron pathways, which improves neurological function, alleviate pain, and maximize strength and recovery.
Following surgery, your pet will be monitored until he or she has fully recovered from the anesthesia, and then placed into the ward where monitoring will continue.
In many cases, post-operative pain medication will be prescribed to help your pet heal and recover more quickly.
To help keep your pet at his or her optimal weight, we screen all pets to ensure they are at their ideal weight as part of our Wellness and Preventive Programs. We know that obesity leads to many health issues and a shorter life span. To complement our obesity screening program, we offer Nutritional Counselling to help address or prevent weight issues with your pet.
With so many pet foods available, it can be overwhelming to choose a diet best suited for your pet – especially if your pet has underlying health conditions. Pets with health conditions (e.g. diabetes or periodontal, heart, or kidney disease), weight issues, allergies, or of a giant breed can present a challenge when trying to find an appealing, tasty diet that also meets their medical needs. Additionally, nutrient profiles and quantity of food required to vary by life stage (puppy/kitten, adult, and senior/geriatric), activity level (sedentary lap dog, or active, performance, or working dog), and the health of your pet.
Our healthcare team is ready to assist you in choosing the best food that suits your pet’s specific needs. We carry many nutritionally balanced veterinary-approved diets, including diets specifically tailored for all life stages and for those pets with specific health issues or dietary needs, such as diabetes, periodontal disease, kidney or heart disease, allergies, and pancreatitis. We can make dietary recommendations based on the health of your pet, as well as its life stage. We also will advise you on appropriate treats and supplements that will help keep your pet in top health. In conjunction with Nutritional Counselling, our healthcare team will assess your pet’s body condition score and screen for obesity as part of our Wellness and Preventive Programs.
At St. Francis Animal Hospital, we offer alternative diet options for your pet, such as fresh refrigerated diets. If you are interested in an alternative or holistic diet for your pet, our team can help you decipher through the information available on the internet and help you make sound decisions for your pet.
Acupuncture, a procedure rooted in Chinese medicine, has been used in veterinary practice for thousands of years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to control pain or cause a healing effect. Acupressure, on the other hand, is the application of manual pressure to these specific points. Our veterinarians may recommend acupuncture or acupressure for your pet if he or she has osteoarthritis, vertebral disc disease, gastrointestinal problems (including poor appetite, and chronic vomiting or diarrhea), respiratory problems (such as a chronic cough), skin problems, or cancer (to support the immune system and appetite). Acupuncture and acupressure can be used alone or in combination with conventional medicine.