Rehabilitative Treatment & Therapy for Pets
While under our veterinarians' care at our rehabilitative facility, your pet will receive targeted treatments and therapies in a welcoming, comfortable and relaxing environment with advanced aids for their therapeutic treatment.
From land treadmill therapeutic exercises to low-impact aquatic therapy, we are fully equipped to develop a customized treatment program tailored to your pet's condition and requirements.
What to Expect During Treatment & Therapy
Our highly experienced veterinary rehabilitation team is here to create a comprehensive and customized therapeutic treatment program for your pet that is tailored to your companion's needs. Therapy may include a single treatment and technique or a combination of different ones.
We will determine the best therapies based on your pet's condition, capabilities and specific requirements.
Treatment & Therapy Options
A customized physical rehabilitation program can consist of a number of therapeutic techniques, including:
- Treadmill Therapy
Therapeutic physical exercise is the cornerstone of any great physical rehabilitation program.
A number of exercises are appropriate for a plethora of conditions and offer many benefits for your pet. With targeted physical exercises, we can:
- Improve cartilage and ligament health
- Improve muscle mass and strength
- Prevent or reverse osteoporosis
- Increase circulation
- Decrease pain
- Reduce obesity
- Improve function and mobility
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
- Improve balance and senses
- Increase endurance and stamina
- Underwater Hydro-Treadmill
Aquatic therapy using our underwater hydro-treadmill can help to improve your pet's endurance, strength and range of motion.
Since water is buoyant, it minimizes the amount of weight your pet needs to bear and reduces the stress on their joints throughout treatment, alleviate pain or inflammation.
Aquatic therapy is appropriate for:
- Overweight patients
- Arthritic patients
- Neurological conditions
- Post-operative orthopedic procedures
Our underwater treadmill promotes controlled weight-bearing by varying water levels. This is especially effective for osteoarthritis and weaknesses related to neurological conditions.
- Heat Therapy and Cryotherapy
We use heat or cold supplies by packs applied to specific areas of your pet's body before or after exercise in order to increase their tissue's extensibility.
These treatments are very often combined with other rehabilitative therapies or treatments.
They can also promote relaxation, relieve pain, increase circulation, and minimize inflammation.
- Laser Therapy
Low-level lasers (also known as cold lasers) are a non-invasive and drug-free therapy that is frequently used to help rehabilitate patients by increasing the speed, tensile strength and quality of their tissue repair after physical trauma. It can also be helpful for reducing pain and inflammation.
This safe, effective and precise therapy is used to treat a number of conditions such as soft tissue injuries, post-operative conditions, arthritis and wounds.
- Neuromuscular Stimulation
Using an electrical neuromuscular stimulator, we use a very specific wavelength of electricity to create muscle contractions. By doing so, we strengthen your pet's muscles, restore their mobility, reduce muscle atrophy and more.
Neuromuscular stimulation can be also used to treat pain disorders, neurological dysfunction, sprains, spasms and strains, and post-operative pain and scars.
Treatment & Therapy FAQs
Read our most frequently asked questions about treatment and therapy for pets, or contact us to ask a different question.
- Why does my pet need physical therapy?
Physical therapy and rehabilitative treatments are key elements in your pet's recovery, whether they have been impacted by illness, injury, chronic pain, neurological conditions and more.
With custom rehabilitative therapy programs, our vets are able to focus on managing your pet's pain and prioritizing their overall health while reaching their goals. This can include improving your pet's endurance, stamina, strength and range of motion.
All of these are conducive to healing, with the goal of ensuring your pet feels their best and that the two of you get to spend many more years together.
- What conditions can physical therapy be used to treat?
Physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions your pet may have, such as:
- Spinal injuries
- Disc disease (IVDD)
- Soft tissue injuries
- Chronic pain
- Recovery after major surgery (hip surgery, cruciate repair, limb amputation, etc.)
- How long will my pet need to attend rehabilitation sessions?
Depending on your pet's condition and an assessment form our vets, we will be able to determine your pet's unique requirements. This includes the length of their customized treatment plan.
- What can I do at home to achieve the best results possible from physical therapy?
Depending on your pet's condition and requirements, at-home exercises may help promote healing and progress in physical therapy.
Always consult your veterinarian about if and when at-home exercises should be part of your pet's treatment, and which ones would be helpful.
Always Welcoming New Patients
At Newkirk Family Veterinarians, we always accept new patients into our veterinary family. Our veterinarians are passionate about the health and well-being of Egg Harbor Township pets. Contact us today to book your pet's first appointment.