Altadena Valley Animal Clinic
Over the years, medical advancements in pet care have made our furry friends healthier and happier. Whether it’s a simple dental cleaning or major surgery, our pets have more and better medical options than in years past.
Even in the field of physical therapy (PT), traditional methods combined with state-of-the-art advancements are providing unique options to help pets with a variety of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurologic conditions. Here are two examples of how PT has helped Dr. Foster’s pets, Boone and Troy.
Physical Therapy For Pets
Cavaletti’s/Step Over exercise: using exercise cones and rails, also known as Cavaletti’s, allows for increased joint flexion and extension, as well as improving coordination.
Figure 8 exercise: This exercise is used to increase spinal mobility, weight-bearing on each limb, and create limb awareness.
Canine rehabilitation often referred to as physical therapy, can be beneficial for a variety of soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurologic conditions. Physical therapy is useful for temporary recovery from an injury, surgery, or for management of chronic conditions. It can also be used to facilitate weight loss in overweight patients. A unique treatment plan is developed for each pet based on their condition, age, and other important health factors. There are a variety of exercises and modalities used in physical therapy. As your pet gains strength, their treatment plan is modified to include more challenging exercises.
Services available at Altadena Valley Animal Clinic
• Therapeutic exercises incorporate the use of stability physioballs and other dynamic stability surfaces, exercise cones, Cavaletti rails, stairs/inclines, and shallow water therapy
• Cold laser/therapeutic laser - Therapeutic lasers use low wavelength light to decrease inflammation, treat pain, and quick wound healing. Laser therapy is offered in-clinic for post-operative treatment, single-use or multi-treatment packages.
• Assisi Loop - a portable, easy-to-use device that uses targeted pulsed electromagnetic fields to accelerate healing and reduce pain and inflammation. The Assisi Loop can be purchased from the clinic for at-home use and is safe to use in conjunction with laser therapy performed in-clinic. The Assisi Loop is a great way to continue your pet’s healing at home in between therapy sessions.
Boone Wearing Assisi Loop.
Rehabilitation Services That Make A Difference
Troy Performing Figure 8 Exercises
Troy Performing Cavaletti/StepOver Exercises
The above modalities are used in conjunction with recommended dietary supplements, medications, and/or diet plan based on your individual pet. Each physical therapy treatment plan will also incorporate at-home exercises, allowing you to play an active role in your pet’s recovery.
If you think your pet may benefit from physical therapy, please call the clinic at 967-7383 to set up a consultation and evaluation with our team. We would love to help your furry friend live a pain-free and active life!
Case Study: Troy
Case Study: Boone