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Canine Rehabilitation

What is Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation?

"Physical rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of patients with painful or functionally limiting conditions, particularly those with injury or illness related to the neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. The goal of rehabilitation is to achieve the highest level of function, independence and quality of life possible for the patient." - American Association of Rehab Veterinarians

Can Rehab Help My Pet?

A wide variety of conditions can benefit from rehabilitation! Commonly treated cases include:

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia

  • Cruciate ligament tears (pre- or post-op)

  • Tendinopathies

  • Sports injuries

  • Patellar luxation

  • Fractures

  • Post-op Amputation recovery

  • Joint dislocation

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

  • Wobbler’s Syndrome

  • Lumbosacral disease

  • Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE)

  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)

  • Vestibular disease

  • Obesity

Our rehab and acupuncture certified veterinarian, Dr. Margot Daly, will first perform a thorough evaluation which may include: joint or muscle mass measurements, strength testing, gait analysis, and a discussion of goals and concerns. She will then prescribe an individualized treatment program that is specifically designed to meet your pet's needs, which will usually include a home exercise program for you to work on in between visits. This multimodal approach provides greater opportunity for a successful outcome, and can be modified as needed. Consultations and fittings for supportive wraps, booties, braces, and wheelchairs are also available.

What Treatments Are Available?

At Frisco Animal Hospital, treatment sessions are priced by time (30 or 45 minutes). We offer a variety of modalities including:

  • Acupuncture

  • Joint mobilizations

  • Myofascial release

  • Class IV Therapeutic Laser

  • Therapeutic exercises

  • Treadmill gait training

  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)

  • TENS

  • Neurorehabilitation techniques