Pet Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Learn more about our pet physical therapy & rehabilitation services below.

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Pet Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
In Chattanooga, TN

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Pet Physical Rehabilitation

If your pet has undergone a surgery or has a medical condition that makes it difficult to carry out everyday activities such as walking, running or climbing stairs, or even performance as a sporting or working dog, physical rehabilitation can greatly improve your pet’s quality of life by:

  • Improving muscle strength, coordination, and agility
  • Improving range of motion of the joints and limbs
  • Reducing the risk of injury due to deconditioning
  • Promoting physical and mental well-being
  • Helping your pet recover from surgery
  • Helping with weight loss
  • Helping manage pain
Pet Rehabilitation Services

Following a comprehensive evaluation and physical examination, our physical rehabilitation experts will propose a plan of care that’s tailored to your pet’s unique needs. A treatment plan can include:

  • Hydrotherapy (also called aquatic therapy using an underwater treadmill)
  • Therapeutic exercise, both active and passive, for improving range of motion, strength and balance
  • Manual therapy (massage, stretching, range of motion, joint and/or soft tissue mobilization)
  • Individualized home exercise programs
  • Balance training
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Gait training
  • Proprioceptive training
  • Therapeutic laser
  • Electrical stimulation for pain relief or strengthening
  • Thermotherapy (heat and cold)
  • Magnetic field therapy
  • Home environment recommendations
  • Orthotics (braces) and other assistive devices
  • Measuring and fitting of carts or wheelchairs
  • Pain management

Conditions commonly referred for rehabilitation:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Injuries of the muscles, tendons, or ligaments
  • Cruciate ligament surgeries
  • Femoral head ostectomy
  • Fractures
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Lumbosacral disease
  • Increasing difficulty with daily activities due to age or inactivity
  • Fibrocartilagenous emboli
  • Obesity
  • Vestibular disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy

Our physical rehabilitation experts combine physical therapy experience from the human world with extensive training in veterinary rehabilitation to give pets at VCSG an exceptional rehabilitation experience.