Here at Brentknoll Veterinary Centre our knowledge, expertise and equipment ensure the best possible chance of a return to optimal health and function for your dog.
What is Rehabilitation?
A combination of methods that are focused in restoring the patient’s normal life.
Whether physical or psychological, rehabilitation from disease, injury or disorder is important to improve a pet’s medical and mental health through different techniques, medication and support.
When pet’s are injured, they often lose mobility and strength in the affected area due to pain and lack of movement. The longer a pet’s mobility is decreased the more difficult it becomes to restore normal activity.
Without rehabilitation exercises, they are at greater risk of reoccurring pain and restricted mobility from their injuries. These flare-ups then cause added stress to the affected area and weaken it further; causing a cycle of reoccurring flare-ups.
During your pet’s rehab treatment, you will be given exercises to meet your pet’s individual needs. Sharon and Paula will recommend the most effective treatment plan, working closely with your pet’s veterinarian. The combination of these exercises increases your pet’s chance of full recovery and shortens their recovery time.
How can rehab help your pet?
- Restore mobility or lameness e.g arthritis, cruciate disease or fractures
- Increase muscle strength e.g hip dysplasia, loss of use of limb for short time
- Increase flexibility, reducing scar tissue and muscle contracture
- Manage pain, acute after RTA, fracture or chronic conditions such as arthritis
- Improve balance and coordination problems
- Increase fitness post medical problems in preparation for working, agility, flyball dog’s
- Weight management for pets struggling to maintain optimum bodyweight
- Maintenance therapy to assist continued mobility, strength and fitness.
Rehab helps to improve muscle strength, joint range of movement, cardiovascular fitness and endurance.
How do we rehab animals?
- Initial assessment consultation, previous history
- Analyse posture and gait
- Select the right treatments
- Work with owners- ability to provide many of the exercises required
What equipment do we use?
- We have the luxury of two swimming pools- one heated to 27-30 C with jets for resistance or massage
- Ramp access, life jacket/buoyancy aid
- Hydrotherapist in the pool with the patient
- A larger pool for maintenance and fun swims
- Video camera and underwater camera
- Low level laser therapy
- Cryo and heat therapy
- Therapeutic exercise equipment
- Wobble balls, peanut balls, gym balls, cavaletti rails, cones