What is canine rehabilitation?
The human equivalent is physical therapy. People typically go to physical therapy following injury, illness, disease or surgery to help promote the healing process and to return to optimum function. Dogs can benefit from rehabilitation in much the same way.
How long will my dog need to go to rehab?
The length of rehab will depend on what condition the dog has and what functional level the dog is to return to.
How much does it cost?
Initial evaluations are 60-75 minutes and include assessment, treatment and instruction in a home exercise program; cost is $95. Rehab sessions average $70 and fitness sessions $55.
Can my dog go in the underwater treadmill if he/she doesn’t like to swim?
Yes, even if your dog is not a swimmer, they will likely do well in the underwater treadmill. The water level is completely adjustable and the dog is “walking” on the belt surface.
Do I need to see my vet first?
For rehab, a veterinarian’s referral is required before or at the first visit.
Are you certified to do this?
Yes. I am a physical therapist and then went to the University of Tennessee’s Canine Rehab Program where I got my Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner’s (CCRP) license.
What if my dog just needs to exercise?
Great. We can help you with that. We offer fitness programs, which includes the underwater treadmill, for healthy dogs.
How long will it take until I notice improvement?
In some dogs the benefit is seen right away, following the first visit. It depends on what the condition is but in most dogs benefit is seen within 2-3 visits.
Can it help to prevent future injuries?
Though it cannot guarantee prevention of future injury, it certainly helps to be as strong as possible to avoid future problems.