Pets In Motion
Does your dog need “rehab?” While he or she may indeed have an addiction to tennis balls or Snausages, this kind of rehab won’t help with those problems—but it is greatly beneficial for post-operative patients, arthritis sufferers, overweight patients, and those suffering from neurological and orthopedic injuries.
What is animal rehabilitation? Called physical therapy in human medicine, rehabilitation is used to improve the quality of life for your pet by decreasing pain, increasing mobility and helping speed recovery from surgery or injury.
In 2009, Dr. Greg Emmert became the first veterinarian in the state of Oklahoma to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). This rigorous certification process is completed through the University of Tennessee Veterinary School and ensures each patient is treated by a qualified professional.
After thoroughly examining your pet and discussing the available treatment options, Dr. Emmert and our team will design a custom treatment plan to fit your pet’s health needs. We offer multiple rehabilitation methods to help improve range of motion, rebuild muscle mass, help facilitate weight loss, and decrease their need for medications.
Our therapy options include:
- Hydrotherapy/Underwater Treadmill
One of the greatest tools for rehabilitation is water. We are equipped with an underwater treadmill which allows patients to exercise without bearing full weight. Hydrotherapy reduces strain on joints and tissues and provides a controlled environment to increase stamina, blood flow, and range of motion. And the best part? Most dogs love it!
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to increase the stretch in fibrous tissues (such as tendons), which can help increase range of motion around a joint. It can also be used to soften and break down scar tissue that is interfering with movement and is beneficial in decreasing pain and muscle spasms.
- Hands-On Physical Rehabilitation
We provide a variety of treatment modalities including manual mobilization, range of motion and muscle strengthening, balance training and more. In addition, each patient will be provided with information about beneficial exercises and activities to be performed at home to further complement their rehabilitation.
Want to find out if canine rehabilitation services can help your pet? Give us a call at 405-329-0181.