Dog physical rehabilitation is an ideal complement to veterinary care that helps reduce and manage pain, heal from orthopedic, soft tissue, or neurological injuries faster, reduce inflammation, and regain range of movement. Pet owners who are considering rehabilitation for their furry friends often have questions about what it entails. We’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions about dog physical rehabilitation to help you decide if it’s the right option for your pet:

What Is Dog Physical Rehabilitation?

One of the most common questions we see is about the very basics of dog rehabilitation. Rehab uses various techniques to help pups who are suffering from pain, injury, or inflammation or are recovering from surgery. We think of the dog as a whole to determine the best course of rehabilitation. This means considering the connection between the muscles, joints, bones, soft tissue, and nerves. Dogs get individualized rehab plans to ensure their specific issues are targeted.

What Techniques Are Involved in Dog Physical Rehabilitation?

There are a variety of techniques available in a dog rehabilitation facility to give the animal the best chance at full recovery. These include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Arthritis Management
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Deep Tissue Laser
  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Heat Therapy
  • Weight Management
  • Therapeutic Exercises

How Long Do Dogs Need Rehab?

The length of a dog’s rehabilitation needs is entirely dependent on their treatment plan. Some dogs require many sessions over a short period of time, while others can have fewer sessions stretched out over many months. Others only need to do some rehabilitation therapy for a little bit in each session, while others need much more attention. The rehab staff keeps detailed records of your dog’s treatment and progress to be sure they have a clear picture of his or her current needs.

What Conditions Can Dog Rehabilitation Therapy Treat?

There are a wide variety of conditions that rehabilitation can help. Some of the most common are:

  • Post-surgical recovery (torn ACL, fracture repair, spinal surgery, and any other orthopedic surgery)
  • Age-related illnesses like osteoarthritis
  • Assistance with agility and strength
  • Injury recovery, such as muscle or tendon strains and sprains
  • Nerve injuries
  • Improved quality of life (with conditions like cancer) 

Your veterinarian might suggest dog rehabilitation to help your pet heal or to improve his overall quality of life. Dog rehabilitation is a truly versatile service that can help dogs in all stages of life feel their best. 

How Do I Know My Dog Needs Rehabilitation?

Since you know your dog better than anyone, it is essential that you let your veterinarian know when something seems off. Whether your dog has developed a limp or doesn’t seem to like running as much as she once did, noticeable behavior changes could alert you to physical issues, and your vet can examine and advise. Physical rehabilitation has mental benefits as well for our patients.  We are happy to evaluate your dog and devise a customized plan with you.

Many dogs can benefit from physical therapy and rehabilitation after surgery. These treatments speed healing and can improve the ultimate recovery and outcome from the surgery. Dog physical rehabilitation is a viable option for many dogs, just as physical therapy is for humans.

Union Lake Pet Services is here to help your pets live their best lives. We offer a range of services, including physical rehabilitation at our  Animal Rehabilitation Center of Michigan. We are here to help. To learn more, please call (248) 363-5061.