Many conditions can be improved with rehabilitation and acupuncture. The most common include:

POST-OP & INJURY

POST-SURGICAL REHABILITATION

Rehabilitation after surgery is critical to helping a patient return to normal activity with minimal complications. Rehabilitation can help relieve pain and reeducate the patient to walk normally. Rehabilitation is also important to prevent further injury to the affected limb, or to the rest of the body that has been compensating for the loss of function of the injured limb. Any of our treatment options may be used, depending on the type of surgery and where the patient is in his/her recovery process.

TENDON/MUSCLE INJURIES

Often overlooked in diagnostics and treatment of pets, muscle and tendon sprains, strains and stresses are common in our four legged friends. WAG can focus on injuries to muscles and tendons creating a targeted program to heal and strengthen. LASER, acupuncture, ultrasound or massage therapies may be used to alleviate pain and decrease tissue inflammation.

SPINAL SURGERY & INJURY

Recovery from spinal surgery can be a difficult process and it is vital to attempt to restore mobility as soon as possible. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation are imperative to the success of either surgical or conservative management of spinal injuries.

Treatment typically includes hydrotherapy, acupuncture and exercises for sensory stimulation and to facilitate return of neuromuscular control in the limbs. Spinal injury rehabilitation includes manual therapy techniques such as massage and joint mobilization, modalities such as heat and ice for pain relief, electrical stimulation to increase muscle contraction, balance and coordination exercises and techniques to re-teach ambulation. Supportive harnesses, wheelchairs and protective booties for feet may be prescribed if needed.

We develop a tailored rehabilitation program specific to your pet’s needs and condition at your pet’s initial evaluation including an outline of exercise restrictions specific to your pet’s stage of healing and your home environment.

FRACTURE REPAIR

If your pet has suffered a fall or other traumatic event resulting in a fracture, we can offer a program of LASER, hydrotherapy and other modalities to manage pain, limit muscle atrophy and rebuild strength.

AMPUTATION

Animals with three legs do great and lead fully functional lives, but the shift in gait needed to navigate on three limbs can add stress to the joints and cause issues later in life such as osteoarthritis.  Maintaining core muscle strength and balance through a foundation in rehabilitation therapies can help reduce the impact of these changes.  Hydrotherapy and land based exercises can be effective in extending a high quality of life for amputees.  We also assist with cart fittings and offer cart rentals for patients with more limited mobility.

KNEE, HIP & BACK INJURY

CRUCIATE DISEASE & INJURY

The cruciate ligament helps to stabilize the knee joint. When this ligament is torn or injured, a dog will typically experience lameness in the affected limb. There are several surgical procedures available to stabilize the knee. We do not perform the surgery but will work with your pet before and after a procedure. If surgery is not the right option for a pet or if a ligament is only partially damaged, we can work exclusively with rehab therapies to build conditioning, confidence and comfort. Treatments such as LASER, hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercises focus on pain and mobility allowing your pet the most comfortable and efficient recovery possible.

Please call ahead of your surgery date so we can assure appropriate timing for your pet’s quickest and most comfortable recovery.

MEDIAL PATELLAR LUXATIONS

This congenital condition is common in some of our smallest patients.  If the little darling of your eye has a skip in his step, it can be a sign of medial patellar luxation (MPL) in which the patella or knee cap moves out of place.  In severe cases, surgical repair is needed to correct the condition and enable the dog to walk normally and pain free.  In less severe cases strengthening the associated muscles can eliminate the need for surgical repair and provide a pain free and active lifestyle for the pet.  We can help you in either case.

ARTHRITIS & AGING

OSTEOARTHRITIS/DEGENERATIVE JOINT DISEASE (OA/DJD)

Osteoarthritis, the loss of cartilage within a joint, is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs and cats. The gradual decrease of this protective cartilage can result in painful bone-on-bone contact and a thinning of the synovial fluid, which helps cushion the joint. Decreasing activity in an arthritic dog starts a vicious cycle of muscle wasting that further exacerbates the problem. If your pet shows sign of arthritis or you have a breed predisposed to the condition, we encourage you to start therapy early.

The underwater treadmill, therapeutic exercises, pain management, laser therapy and acupuncture are frequently used for managing this condition.

HIP DYSPLASIA

Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joint and the leading cause of hip osteoarthritis. Young dogs diagnosed with hip dysplasia often are placed on medications early in their lives. These medications can be expensive and also have an impact on overall health. Starting rehab exercises and therapy will help your pet maintain a healthy lifestyle and not only reduce the need for medications early on but can reduce the need for hip replacement surgery later in life.

In certain situations, surgical intervention is necessary. Procedures include total hip replacement, femoral head osteotomy, and triple pelvic osteotomy. Rehabilitation is frequently used post-surgically to help ensure the best outcome for these patients.

Therapeutic exercises, the underwater treadmill, acupuncture, pain management and laser therapy are frequently used for rehabilitation of this condition.

GENERAL WEAKNESS

As pets age, they frequently suffer from a myriad of disease processes that can hinder their lifestyle. Either as a result of aging or traumatic injury, these conditions often result in muscle wasting and general weakness that begins a downward spiral. Therapeutic exercises and the underwater treadmill can help strengthen critical muscles and help your pet live the most active and comfortable life possible.

NEURO SUPPORT

BACK PAIN, IVDD (INTERVERTEBRAL DISC DISEASE), LUMBOSACRAL DISEASE

Many pets will suffer from a neck or back injury due to their tendency to jump and their four-legged stance. Intervertebral disc disease, the protrusion or extrusion of one or multiple discs between the vertebrae, is a common cause of weakness and back pain in dogs. Major trauma can cause an acute extrusion of disc material, but it is more likely to be secondary to an underlying degeneration of the disc. Therapeutic exercises, the underwater treadmill, pain management, and acupuncture are frequently used for this condition to help restore function and comfort to the patients.

DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord that results in hind limb weakness, ataxia (lack of coordination), and eventual paralysis. This condition is typically seen in large breed dogs and can mimic other neurological disease, so proper diagnosis is important. There are currently no know cures for the condition but early intervention with rehabilitation therapy can help keep your pet comfortable and walking longer than with traditional therapies.

Therapeutic exercises and the underwater treadmill are frequently used for this condition.

FCE (FIBROCARTILAGINOUS EMBOLISM)

FCE is a condition in which the blood supply to the spinal cord is interrupted, resulting in an acute onset of severe neurological deficits, including paralysis. The rate and extent of recovery depends on the degree of injury to the spinal cord. Most patients that are going to recover from this condition show some signs of improvement in the first two weeks after the injury. Rehabilitation is critical during this time to combat muscle atrophy and help retrain muscles and nerves and ensure the most positive outcome. Therapeutic exercises, the underwater treadmill, acupuncture and electrical stimulation are frequently used for this condition.

FELINE CONDITIONS

FITNESS & WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

OBESITY / WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Defined in pets as more than 20% over ideal, obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories, lack of physical activity and genetic susceptibility.  Just as with people, proper weight and fitness conditions can increase energy levels, length and quality of the life of your pet.  Overweight pets tend to be less active making it easier to overlook signs and symptoms of illness.  As little as 2 pounds above your cat’s ideal weight and 5 pounds above your dog’s can put them at risk for developing serious medical conditions including:

  • Type 2 diabetes—an obese cat is estimated to be at least three times more likely to develop this compared to a cat of normal weight
  • Heart and respiratory disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Many forms of cancer—especially intra-abdominal cancers

Before putting your pet on a diet, seek the assistance of your veterinary healthcare team. There may be medical conditions causing excess weight that should be eliminated or addressed. Additionally, a cat’s physiology is very different than humans or dogs and if overweight or obese, they must consume adequate calories or they risk developing hepatic lipidosis, a life-threatening liver disease.

There are a couple of ways you can tell if your pet is overweight.

  • You can perform a rib and profile check: You should be able to feel your pet’s ribs.  The abdomen should be tucked up behind their ribs and their waist should have an hourglass figure when viewed from above.
  • Weigh your pet: Compare results with the recommended weight of your breed.
  • Visit your Veterinarian: They can determine your pet’s body condition, investigate possible medical conditions and discuss appropriate diets.

The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise. WAG addresses obesity with our weight management program and fitness treadmill appointments.

FITNESS: STRENGTH, BALANCE & CONDITIONING

Fitness is the age-old key to longevity so it is never too early to start on a wellness program. If your pet is perfectly healthy, we are here to serve you as well. In addition to helping animals recover from injuries or chronic conditions, WAG treats a variety of pets that are looking to maintain or improve their conditioning or just blow off some steam. If your pet has no diagnosed injuries or chronic conditions, we can help you maintain or improve current levels of conditioning through our fitness treadmill appointments and our Fitness 4 Life program.

SPORTS INJURIES

Sports injuries (strains, sprains, muscle soreness) are common in athletic and working dogs. We are dedicated to returning animals with these conditions back to work and competition safely and in the shortest time possible. Therapeutic exercises, the underwater treadmill, pain management, acupuncture and laser therapy are frequently used for speeding recovering from these injuries.

HEART & RENAL FAILURE

In addition to helping address issues and conditions related to mobility, we offer a variety of treatments to address medical conditions including renal and heart failure as well as patients undergoing or recovering from cancer treatments.

With these conditions, in addition to assisting with mobility, we focus on increasing appetite and energy using acupuncture and herbs.

SKIN CONDITIONS

WAG has a variety of treatment options to benefit skin conditions including:

  • Wound and incision healing
  • Lick granuloma and hot spots
  • Chronic wounds and ulcerations
  • Burns

We primarily use LASER to treat these conditions but may also employ herbs, acupuncture or even honey to provide relief.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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