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Canine Rehab Consultations

All Canine Rehab consultations are scheduled with Dr. Jackie Jacobs, a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). During the consult, Dr. Jacobs will perform a full physical exam to evaluate your pet's mobility or pain issues. She will assess your pet's movement (mobility), measure flexion, evaluate extension of joints, and measure muscle mass. She will try several exercises using different modalities appropriate for your pet as part of the evaluation. At the end of the session, Dr. Jacobs' goal is to set up a rehabilitation plan that suits you and your pet. YOU are a big part of your pet's rehabilitation!

What are the benefits of Canine Rehabilitation?

  • Weight Management – We can set up a diet and exercise program for your pet to help with weight control or just to keep your pet in shape. Our treadmills are a great way to help with this goal. Keeping your pets at a healthy weight will help prevent health conditions and keep them happy.
  • Jog-A-Dog Exercise Treadmill for Canine RehabConditioning and Exercise – Whether your dog is getting ready for a sporting event or you just want your pet to get more exercise, we have plenty of ways to keep your dog active. Exercising your pet is very important, especially during the cold, winter months. You don't want them to gain winter weight!
  • Pre- and Post-operative Recovery – If your pet needs an orthopedic surgery, introducing you and you pet to our rehabilitation room before hand, can be a big help during recovery. We can discuss what to expect post-op and answer any questions you may have.
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) – Arthritis can be uncomfortable (even painful) and prevent your pet from enjoying everyday activities. There are many ways to help keep you pet comfortable and keep them moving. We can help set up a plan to keep your pet active and happy. Remember: Move it or lose it!
  • Geriatric Patients – It can be difficult for older pets to move around like they used to when they were younger. The less active they become, the more muscle mass they can lose, so keeping them moving is very important. Again, Move it or lose it!
  • Neurological Patients (e.g., neck and back injuries, disk disease, balance/coordination) – Conservative rehabilitation for these patients is instrumental in regaining normal mobility and muscle function. We can help improve your pet's quality of life.

Physical Therapy Modalities

  • Water Treadmill – Our water treadmill is a great modality for any pet. It's filled with warm water to keep their muscles relaxed and comfortable. The water level varies with each patient. It will help your pet get a full range of motion that they may not get when walking, as well as improve their gait. The buoyancy will keep your pet from fully weight bearing, to help keep them comfortable, especially for post-op patients and arthritic pets. It is also great for resistance to gain strength, as well as balance and proprioception.
  • Jog-A-Dog – This treadmill is not in the water and has an incline. It is great for exercise, conditioning, and to help correct your pet's gait.
  • Other Modalities – We have many other modalities that we use as part of the patient's individual plan. Floor exercises include: cones, Cavalletti rails, balance boards, balance balls, tunnels, and many exercises that we can teach you to do at home.