A body is designed to move, to be in motion. This includes bodily fluids, skin, organs and all joints. It is through this motion that function and health can be maintained. In life, things can happen that reduce the ability of a body to maintain motion. Scar tissue from injuries and surgery, prolonged lack of exercise, chronic disease, obesity and aging processes are all things that can inhibit motion.
Motion can be improved through facilitating joint mobility via
- Chiropractic orthopedic manipulation or adjustments
- Warm compresses to improve circulation
- Increasing tissue conductivity with microcurrent or laser therapy
- Walking and if possible faster gaits like trotting and loping
- Medication and herbs that reduce pain
- Keeping body weight within optimal range
- Having fun with exercise of all sorts even using peanut balls, balance boards and pods, and water
- A diet that allows the body to function at its best
Every dysfunction or condition or disease has to some degree a nutritional deficit or abundance or inability to assimilate or absorb or manufacture or utilize nutrients. Nutrients that a body needs can be made up of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and moisture including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-enzymes, amino acids, or fatty acids. This will be magnified by deficits in electrical potentials and circulation and the presence of viruses, bacteria, parasites, heavy metals, chemicals, and toxins.
Every cycle of action in a body depends on an intensely integrated balance. If even one component is off others shift, leading to compensations between the blood and tissue that eventually will present as a disease. Taking the initiative to view each dysfunction from a nutritional perspective allows the body the opportunity to heal without the side effects of drugs.
If you are interested in getting away from packaged processed foods but are uncertain about where to start we can help you! We can create for your animal a ration that fits his/her breed, age, current body condition (healthy or has a disease such as diabetes, heart, liver or kidney disease, etc…), any food sensitivities that you know of (and we can test for them if you are not aware of the things to stay away from), or any other considerations you list.
Once you have filled out our “fact finding” forms and our Doctor has done a thorough evaluation we can get started creating a customized diet program that you can either purchase or make at home with ingredients you know the source of. This is a safe and loving gift from you to your pet.
We believe that given the proper nutrition, your pet has amazing capabilities of healing itself. We also believe that nutrition should be individualized to meet each patient’s needs. The products we use and recommend are carefully selected from companies that have conducted years of extensive research and maintain the highest degree of content selection, production, and hygienic laboratory standards. Some of our top companies are:
- Standard Process
- Platinum Performance
- Nordic Naturals
- Cogent Solutions
Our ultimate goal is to help you help your pet to optimal recovery. At Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic we accept patients for physical rehabilitation with and without a direct doctor referral. Either way, we will keep your traditional veterinarian updated on your animal’s progress. We are equipped and prepared to provide a complete array of services in veterinary physical medicine and rehabilitation. Including the family on this journey raises the success and cuts the time to reach our goal.
Accidents and injury occur and we’re here to help alleviate decreased resiliency and added strains. Each patient gets a full evaluation that can include a full history, surgery reports, review of surveys included in your new patient packet, individual exam, range of motion, body measurements, gait analysis, neurologic and orthopedic assessment, pain score, and a review of any behavior concerns.
The animal body’s restorative capabilities can be optimized by therapeutic options like:
- Massage & Trigger Point Work
- Microcurrent Therapy
- Hot & Cold Therapy
- Infrared Light/Cold Laser
- Ball Therapy
Following an injury or surgery, therapies can accelerate tissue repair, block pain, increase blood flow and improve the lymphatic system. Cases that can benefit from rehabilitation therapy are:
- Post Trauma
- Ligament injury
- Knee/Joint Surgery
- Hip Dysplasia (Abnormal development or growth of tissues, organs, or cells)
- Obese pets
- Nerve damange
- Geriatric Animals
Treating canine and feline behavioral problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and insomnia can be difficult to resolve. Separation Anxiety Syndrome (SAS), Obsessive Disorders (OD) and fear-related behaviors such as thunderstorm phobias are often as stressful to the owner as the animal themselves. Individual drug response over placebo often yield a low success rate of less than 20% and multiple combinations increase the likelihood of side effects.
At Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic we recommend Alpha-Stim® microcurrent therapy for many of our behavior and stress related patients. It is a prescription medical device FDA cleared for over 40 years for humans with anxiety,insomnia, and depression. When applied, this very low frequency waveform can benefit many patients Autonomic Nervous System, imparting positive physiological and behavioral changes. The noninvasive application of low levels of microcurrent (less than 1 to 3 microampere in animals) is easily applied via ear clips.experiencing emotional upsets and an unbalanced
Electromedicine in the form of CES imparts an electrical signal with a frequency that perfectly matches the receptors in the body to resonate and activate intra-cellular responses, even from long distances (like tuning in a radio). It can produce within the body an electrical activity pattern known as an alpha state, as measured by EEGs.The resultant central and peripheral effects of feelings of calmness, relaxation, increased mental focus, decreased stress-effects, reduced agitation, stabilized moods and the ability to control both sensations and perceptions of particular types of pain, makes cranial electrotherapy stimulation a welcome modality in treating patients with behavior disorders. Its effect can act directly to modulate pain sensation and alter pain perception and cognition.
Other methods we use to support a positive behavior includes herbs, improved nutrition, pheromone collars,massage, and exercise and mental activities like FitPAWS® training.