Our mission at VCA Sacramento Referral Center’s Rehabilitation Department is to improve your pet's quality of life by providing the highest quality rehabilitation and pain management services. Many pets recovering from surgery, injury or other trauma,as well as those suffering from neurological disorders,benefit significantly from a specialized rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation can be very effective at increasing mobility, joint function, muscle mass, and decreasing pain. It can also improve balance and coordination. These important health benefits can result from a comprehensive treatment plan that our rehabilitation and sports medicine board-certified veterinarian designs to meet your pet's individual needs.
To begin the process, we recommend coming in for a rehabilitation consultation that includes a physical examination, gait analysis, and initial treatment. Therapies that are appropriate for your pet’s condition will be discussed with you during the consultation along with a home therapy program and frequency of recommended follow-up visits.
What is Animal Rehabilitation?
Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as laser therapy, hydrotherapy, therapeutic ultrasound, cryotherapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and acupuncture to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions.
How Will My Pet Benefit From Animal Rehabilitation?
Animal rehabilitation can restore, maintain and promote optimal function and mobility; enhance recovery postoperatively; alleviate pain; improve circulation, coordination and range of motion; and provide pain relief and improved mobility in geriatric patients.
Is My Pet A Candidate For Rehabilitation?
Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from animal rehabilitation. Any animal suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, obesity, muscle weakness or a neurologic deficit can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation.
Conditions That Respond Well To Rehabilitation:
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tears
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxations
- Osteochondritis Dessicans
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Fibrocartilagenous Embolism
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Lumbosacral Stenosis
- Wobbler's Syndrome
- Athletic Conditioning and Performance Enhancement
- Cardiovascular Fitness
- Obesity-Weight Loss
The underwater treadmill enables dogs to begin the rehabilitation process earlier than normal. This low-impact exercise allows pets to transition more quickly to land-based therapy by increasing muscle strength and endurance with the natural properties of water buoyancy, resistance and heat.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- Can I be with my dog during the treatment? Absolutely.
- How often will I need to come? It might be difficult for me to bring my dog on a regular basis. We understand that scheduling can be difficult. After the first consultation, we are able to have your pet be dropped off for the day for ongoing treatments if that better fits your schedule. There is no additional charge for this service.
Meet our Rehabilitation Doctor