Rehabilitation Services

Is your beloved pet recovering from surgery, dealing with chronic pain, or in need of a customized therapy plan? Let us help!

Our veterinary rehabilitation therapy offers a wide range of specialized services designed to treat, heal, and prevent injuries, ensuring your pet’s journey to recovery is smooth and effective. At Greater Saint John Veterinary Urgent Care, we are dedicated to providing compassionate, effective rehabilitation services for your pet.

A commitment to daily exercises will result in slow and steady improvements. Results vary from pet to pet, but with patience and persistence, improvements can be achieved.

Why and When Rehabilitation Services are Needed

Rehabilitation services are essential for pets experiencing a variety of health issues. Here’s why and when you should consider rehab for your pet:

Post-Surgery RecoveryHelps pets regain strength, mobility, and flexibility after surgical procedures.
Chronic Pain ManagementAlleviates pain from conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and other degenerative diseases.
Injury Prevention and HealingTreats soft tissue injuries and prevents future injuries through tailored exercise programs.
Weight ManagementSupports weight loss and management, reducing stress on joints and improving overall health.
Improved MobilityEnhances your pet’s ability to move comfortably and live a happier, healthier life.

Explore our range of rehabilitation services:

Therapeutic Exercises are the cornerstone of the rehabilitation program. A specific and regular physical therapy and exercise program — passive range of motion, strength training, light massage — will be designed for your pet to assist in reducing pain, increasing flexibility and mobility, and encouraging recovery. 

Hydrotherapy offered in either our indoor pool or underwater treadmill; provides a safe exercise environment for patients recovering from soft tissue injuries or surgery or for patients with osteoarthritis. The water provides resistance and viscosity, which helps to support and strengthen muscles; the buoyancy reduces the amount of weight-bearing on painful joints; and the warmth of the water increases flexibility, mobility, and blood flow, all of which help to promote healing of the joints, and tissues. 

If you’re looking for dog water therapy nearby, our facilities are equipped to provide the best care.

Dry Needling or intramuscular stimulation is used to treat muscular pain. Fine, short, stainless needles are placed in acupoints or trigger points to relieve muscle pain or spasms.

Moxibustion consists of burning dried mugwort on particular acupoints. This is done to stimulate circulation, especially in animals with excessive cold conditions (swelling, edema, loose stools, etc.)

Laser Therapy accelerates the healing process. A laser light is delivered through a non-invasive handpiece to the affected area; this sends packets of light energy deep into the tissue. The energy is absorbed within the cell and causes a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This promotes the production of ATP, which is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Laser therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain. 

Tui-na Massage (Manual) Therapy is used as the animal begins to heal. The therapist uses his/her finger pressure on acupressure points rather than needles for the management of pain. Tui-na has the bene-fit of relieving muscle tension and promoting the smooth flow of energy (Qi). 

Chinese Herbal Medicine (Materia Medica) (a pharmacological reference book used by TCM practitioners) describes thousands of medicinal substances—primarily plants, but also some minerals and animal products. Different parts of plants, such as the leaves, roots, stems, flowers, and seeds, are used. Herbs are often combined in formulas and given as capsules, liquid extracts, granules, or powders.

Food Therapy / Diet recommendations are made when conditions in the body are out of balance. Balanced nutrition is essential for recovery. We provide diet recommendations to restore balance within your pet’s body, ensuring optimal health.

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Contact us today to learn more about how rehabilitation therapies can help your pet live a happier, healthier life. Whether you need dog rehabilitation or physiotherapy services, our team is here to help.