Animal physical rehabilitation can improve the quality of life of your pet. Physical rehabilitation treats animals with dysfunction, injury, pain or physical disabilities, and help geriatric animals improve strength and motion, and prevents injuries on animals that do sports or hard work.
Treatment techniques include modalities (ice, heat, electrical stimulation), joint mobilizations, soft tissues mobilization and massage, therapeutic exercises, aquatic therapy, acupressure and trigger point therapy.
At Pet Fit we work with Geriatric patients to improve their daily function and reduce pain, we treat post-surgeries to speed up their recovery, and develop exercise programs for dogs that do sports to improve their performance. We also offer a weight loss program with a combination of exercising and diet, and a Fitness program for dogs that are not injured and just need physical conditioning.
If your dog is geriatric, recovering from surgery, doing sports, needs to loose weight or needs an exercise program, can benefit from rehabilitation.
The first step is a consultation exam with one of our rehab veterinarians. This functional exam takes about an hour. The doctor begins by doing a series of physical and neurological tests and range of motion and muscle mass measurements. We discuss lifestyle, mobility issues, nutrition, supplements, pain control, and your goals. From there, we develop a rehab program that works for you time-wise and financially. The doctor will create a customized strengthening plan of exercises we teach you to do at home. If specific therapies are recommended here at the clinic, we provide you of an estimate of costs so you can plan accordingly. From here on, our staff is there for you every step of the way, and we tailor our plans to your needs and your pet’s personality and specific situation.
You can call us at 901-405-5385 or 901-440-8053 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. The first evaluation does take about 60-90 minutes. It is recommended you bring a copy of the radiographs taken by your family veterinarian and/or a copy of your pet’s medical history with his/her medications.
Until the initial evaluation, you can make notes of the limitations your pet is having at home (e.g. can he go upstairs?, can he jump in the car?, is he having problems standing up or difficulty sitting down?), also make noted of the diet and treats given daily. Once we do the examination we can set goals, and determine if the treatment can be done at home or if he/she needs to come to the clinic for treatments.
That will depend on the injury and condition of your pet. Physical rehabilitation is a combination of in-clinic work and at-home exercises, your pet’s improvement will also depend on how much you can do at home. Most cases you see little improvements after 3-4 sessions. It does also depend on your dog’s age, you’re animals do recover quicker than old arthritic dogs.
Most animals can benefit from physical rehabilitation. Realistically, there are many conditions that rehabilitation cannot cure, like arthritis, cancer or progressive neurological diseases. However, it can help improve the quality of life for many animals and it will help them leave longer and more active lives.
Absolutely! We offer packages for healthy dogs to come in and get regular exercise. This is specially popular when the weather makes it difficult to exercise outdoors.
Cost varies depending on the type of injury your pet has. Initial evaluation is $125.00, it is a complete musculoskeletal and neurologic evaluation and includes a home exercise plan designed specifically for your dog. Once we set the goals for your pet, we can determine how often he/she needs to come to the clinic and which kind of treatments we need to apply. We will give you an estimate, as well as information on our discounted packages.
Our goal and policy is to improve the quality of life of your pet by not letting any pet go home without treatment. We will consider every pet’s needs and the owner’s financial situation when we do the treatment plan.
How often you need to bring your pet and how long the therapy takes depends on each patient and the injury he has. An Evaluation does take about 60-90 minutes. After the evaluation we will determine how often we need to see your pet to get the best results. We usually do 30 minutes treatments.
You can schedule an appointment through your veterinarian, or you can contact us directly. Once we schedule the appointment we will contact your family veterinarian to obtain the history and radiographs. We will keep your family veterinarian informed and send him/her updates.
Prevention of injury is important. This is especially true when recovering from injury, as the healthy legs have to take increased strain and are at risk of further injury. Rehabilitation is important for strengthening and to increase flexibility.
Just like us, dogs can be predisposed to favor one side; they may always turn the same way and depend on the stronger side. This predisposes to injury on the weaker side and lack of flexibility. Correcting these imbalances is helpful in any individual, but it is critical in athletes.
Yes, we o treat cats. As we do with dogs, cats that are too shy we may increase home treatments instead of in-clinic treatments.
Of course you can. You can drop off your pet and pick him or her up a few hours later. The early drop off time is 8 am and you can pick your pet up anytime before 6 pm. If your pet needs to stay for any amount of time, please communicate this with our staff and we will plan accordingly for your pet’s stay.
Of course! Owners are always welcome to stay and watch their pet’s rehabilitation sessions.
We can help. If your dog is not a surgical candidate, we have several options for building and maintaining strength, stabilization, and mobility, managing pain, and getting your dog back to the best possible quality of life.
Please bring any diagnostic tests that your veterinarian has performed. These may include radiographs, surgical reports, ultrasound or MRI reports.
Absolutely! Working with your pet at home is an important part of the rehabilitation process. As part of our initial evaluation, we will send you exercises according to your pet’s needs.
Each pet is different and recovery time will depend on how significant is the injury or loss of function your pet has. For post-surgeries, the rehabilitation plan will go along the healing process of the surgery, most cases around 8-10 weeks. Neurologic patients will take longer since we need to re-educate the nerves and muscles to function again. Geriatric patients will take a lifetime, the goals on this cases is to guide you through exercises and techniques to improve your pet’s quality of life. Once we improve your old dog’s function and pain at the clinic, we will design a maintenance exercise program for you to do at home. We will support you and your pet for as long as you need us.
All payments are due at the time services are rendered. CareCredit offers six-month deferred interest payment plans to pet owners. We will also gladly provide you with copies of your pet’s medical records for submission to your insurance company. The American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians offers a list of the insurances that will pay rehabilitation services.
We are located at 1000 Reddoch Cove, Memphis TN 38119.
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