Rehabilitation at the Veterinary Specialty Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador (VSC)
Your pet’s health can improve greatly from physical rehabilitation. As with humans, rehabilitation can help your pet have a new lease on life! Rehabilitation is focused on preventing future injuries, strengthening, proprioception, decreasing surgical recovery times, decreasing muscle and joint pain and weight management. The staff at VSC are committed to taking a holistic approach to your pet’s health – beyond medications and surgeries, to ensure your pet has the mobility and strength to lead a healthy, happy, cuddle-filled life.
Booking your appointment
Your primary care veterinarian may recommend rehab for your pet through our referral process. If you are an emergency or surgical patient of VSC, rehabilitation may be one of our treatment recommendations. You can always contact us at 709-221-7838 for more information.
Services We Offer
Our specialists work closely with you, the pet owner, to support your pet in their recovery. We collaborate as a team to create rehabilitation goals and treatment plans that suit you and your pet’s lifestyle. Each treatment regime is as unique as your pet. While at VSC, we offer innovative treatment options such as an underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser, and therapeutic ultrasound. When it’s time for your furry friend to go home with you, we will provide home-based exercises that you can do with your pet.
Your pet’s treatment program may include the following:
Our treatment areas are private and quiet, ensuring a comfortable environment for your pet.We provide kennelling should they be required to stay with us for close observation and multiple treatment sessions for an extended period of time. Our staff are on-site 24/7 to ensure the comfort and care of your pet.
What is veterinary rehabilitation?
Physical therapy for animals that adapts human physical therapy techniques to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals. Animal rehabilitation can reduce pain and enhance recovery from injury, surgery, degenerative diseases, age-related diseases, and reduce obesity.
Why would my pet potentially need rehabilitation?
What kind of animals participate in rehab?
Any animal looking to live a healthy lifestyle, lose some weight, or recover from injury/surgery.
Does pet insurance cover rehabilitation sessions?
It will depend on your insurance provider. There is often an additional rider that will cover costs of rehabilitation sessions.
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Can I do rehab exercises with my pet at home?
Yes! Rehabilitation is a team approach and you are critical part of that team as you spend the most time with your pet day to day. An initial assessment with our clinic rehabilitation therapist will provide information to create an individualized program for your pet that will include clinic-based and home-based exercises. Home exercises in conjunction with clinic sessions will ensure your pet has a well-rounded recovery. Rehabilitation appointments are beneficial to monitor your pets progress, adapt exercises through their phases of recovery, and incorporate many modalities that are not available at home.
A combination of a clinic and home-based program is ideal for your pets return to function as studies show dogs enrolled in this type of program have significantly greater range of motion and muscle mass than dogs in a solely home-based program. All home programs are explained and demonstrated by the therapist and are followed by practice time, so owners are comfortable with the exercises involved in the home exercise program.
Do I need equipment for rehab?
There is no requirement for equipment. We try and incorporate common household items (i.e. towels, stools, stairs, pillows) into treatment programs so that it is possible for the owner to complete exercises with the animals at home. However, the FitPawz equipment available at our clinic is designed specifically for conditioning and will enhance home program efficacy. Our therapist will recommend equipment that will best suit your pet’s recovery regime and will provide explanation and demonstration of its use.
Can I attend rehabilitation sessions with my pet?
Of course! The therapist works closely with owners to create rehabilitation goals that suits your pet’s lifestyle. We want to create a stress-free environment as animals work on their road to recovery and having their owners present gives pets the safety and comfort they need to participate in our sessions. It is an amazing opportunity to bond with your pet and have some fun!
How many rehab sessions will my pet need?
This depends on a variety of factors and is different for every case.