In addition to high-quality care for your regular veterinary visits and surgeries, get your pet the physical therapy it needs! Animal Health Care of Myerstown has a variety of new services designed to help your pet recover or live better with injuries.
Would you want your pet to lose a few pounds? Let us know about your concerns, and we'll work with you to create a weight-loss plan that's right for your pet.
Equipment to help pets recover from orthopedic surgeries
Animal physical rehabilitation can make a difference in the lives of all animals. Physical rehabilitation treats animals with dysfunction, injury, pain or physical abnormalities through the application of physics, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. Treatment techniques include modalities (ice, heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound), joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization and massage, therapeutic exercise, underwater treadmill, and much more.
Many animals can benefit from the services of physical rehabilitation. In the human world of health care, we receive physical rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, for any type of pain or dysfunction. We also receive treatment after neurological injuries (such as a stroke), for fractures, sprains or strains, for the treatment of wounds, athletic injuries, arthritic conditions (Lyme Disease) and the effects of aging (osteoarthritis).
Animals can receive physical rehabilitation for all of the above. Too often, our pets do not receive physical rehabilitation and this may prevent them from returning to a full recovery.
Post-surgical conditions - orthopedic and neurological
ACL or CCL injuries
Post fracture management
And many more - please contact us with any questions on your dog's condition.
Call to speak with us about physical rehabilitation for your pet. Jocelyn is a certified animal physical therapist and Certified Veterinary Technician. She will work with the doctor, owner and animal to develop a plan that best fits your animal’s needs.
Depending upon the diagnosis and condition of your pet, improvements may be seen with one session or it may take 3 or 4 sessions. Dogs with arthritis usually demonstrate small improvements immediately and larger improvements in a few weeks. Younger dogs may also demonstrate immediate improvements.
Most animals (dogs, cats, horses to name a few) can benefit from physical rehabilitation. Realistically, there are many conditions that physical rehabilitation cannot cure. For example, physical rehabilitation treatments will not cure cancer, arthritis, or progressive neurological diseases. However, it can help improve the quality of life for many animals and it will help them lead longer and more functional lives.
Physical rehabilitation can certainly play a role in the prevention of injuries. It is critical that owners maintain the musculoskeletal health of their pets and recognize any injuries or problems. Early detection may prevent further problems from occurring.
Absolutely! We offer packages for the healthy dog to come in and get regular exercise. This is especially popular when the weather makes it difficult to exercise regularly -- the cold of the winter or the heat of the summer.
The underwater treadmill is a wonderful cross training tool and is a benefit to any dog's program. For example, we have
performance dogs come in once to twice a week to exercise in the underwater treadmill for thirty to forty-five minute sessions. We also have dogs that have undergone rehabilitation come back in once or twice a week for underwater treadmill sessions.
Performance dogs, dogs with weight issues, arthritic pets and dogs that have recovered from conditions are perfect candidates for this program!
Patchouli in the underwater treadmill
Patchouli using the Cavaletti poles
Patchouli in the underwater treadmill