Rehabilitation: Getting Pets Back on Their Feet
For pets living with arthritis or recovering from a surgery or injury, rehabilitation might be the next best step towards improving their mobility and helping them overcome other physical challenges. Our animal hospital in Orland Park has a facility dedicated to pet rehabilitation, and we’re pleased to have rehab-certified veterinarians and technicians among our highly-skilled staff members. Seeing your pet struggle with mobility issues brought on by an acute or chronic condition can be difficult, but we would be more than happy to partner with you in helping your pet recover and live a full, active life.
Rehabilitating your pet may involve one or more special treatments to reduce their discomfort and increase their range of motion. One of our favorite methods for helping pets recover their strength is the underwater treadmill, or hydrotherapy. The warm water keeps pets comfortable and allows for greater flexibility of the connective tissues. It also prevents pets from putting too much weight and stress on their bones and joints, so they can safely build up endurance.
Water levels and treadmill speed can easily be adjusted to accommodate your pet’s condition and comfort level. Benefits of our water treadmill include:
- Improving range of motion
- Reducing pain
- Strengthening muscles
- Increasing endurance
- Weight loss
- Rehabilitation of osteoarthritis, muscle weakness, soft tissue injuries, and much more
Pets are always attended by experienced staff members during their treatments. When introducing pets to our water treadmill, we take care to ensure they feel as comfortable and secure as possible before proceeding.
Your veterinarian may suggest supplementing your pet’s hydrotherapy with medication, laser therapy, or chiropractic care for better results. We may need to see them for frequent follow-ups to ensure that they are responding well to treatment and making noticeable progress.
To learn more about our water treadmill or other rehabilitation services we can offer, call us at (708) 478-7788, or stop by and speak with one of our friendly staff members in person.