Canine Physical Rehabilitation Can Improve Recovery After Surgery

August 29, 2018

Canine Physical Rehabilitation Can Improve Recovery After Surgery

Veterinary surgery can make for a stressful time in your household. Not only is it hard on your pet, but it can also be very difficult for your family. Between preparing your pet for the surgery and caring for him or her afterward, needed care can be a lot of work. One major part of a pet’s recovery is rehabilitation, and East End Veterinary Center wants all pet owners to know of its benefits.

What to Expect from Your Pet After Surgery

When your pet has had surgery, you may notice that they are dealing with problems such as weakness, lameness in the affected area, joint and muscle pain, muscle atrophy, inflammation, lack of balance, and many others. It can be hard to watch your pet struggle or be in pain. While medication can help with pain, it can’t help build back strength or help with mobility.

A few conditions that benefit from rehabilitation include orthopedic surgeries, trauma, arthritis, neurologic conditions, and other mobility-related problems. Rehabilitation is one of the best ways to improve mobility in pets after surgery. At East End Veterinary Center, rehabilitation is often used to help get pets back on their feet faster after surgery, injury, or disease.

Helping Your Pet Recover from Surgery with Rehab

Rehabilitation is beneficial for pets after surgery for numerous reasons including strengthening muscles, improving coordination and balance, weight loss, decreasing pain, and providing mental stimulation. It can be hard for dogs to thrive if they aren’t able to get back to their normal lives after surgery. Not only does physical rehabilitation help dogs physically, but it can also help them mentally. Like humans, dogs can become depressed when they are in pain and unable to be active or do the things that they want to do.

During physical therapy, our experienced staff will help your dog perform tasks, exercises and movements that can help them heal and recover from the injury or surgery. If your pet is struggling with balance, or muscles have started to atrophy, special care will be taken, and our team will work to create a specific rehabilitation plan for your pet’s needs. With so many different rehab options available, there is something out there that will help your dog or cat feel better.

Whether your dog needs just a few sessions to make a quick recovery or long-term rehabilitative help, East End Veterinary Center is here to help guide you to a plan that is right for you and your pet.

Canine physical rehabilitation covers a wide range of services. At East End, our rehabilitation includes:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Stretching
  • Weight management
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Thermotherapy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Range of motion
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Proprioception exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Low-level laser therapy
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Athletic conditioning
  • Acupuncture

These services can help dogs post-surgery recover a full range of motion as well as build muscle back up.  If your pet is in need of any of these services, call East End Veterinary Center at 631-369-4513. Our doctors can help your pet get back to his or her old self in no time at all.