Veazie Vet offers a full rehabilitation program for pets. We provide water treadmill services, stretching and strengthening, brace and cart fittings along with other alternative medicine techniques. It is run by Dr. Cloutier and Heather, LVT our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner and Bobbie, LVT.
Post Surgical Rehabilitation & Therapy
When a pet is recovering from surgery or an injury, suffering from arthritis, or experiencing the loss of function due to age, our companion’s return to normal function is our greatest hope. Rehabilitation has been shown to make a dramatic difference in restoring function so that an animal can enjoy an active life.
At the wellness center, our staff works with our clients and patients through rehabilitation to help pets return to normal function after orthopedic surgery. We also regularly accept referrals from local veterinarians, from across Maine, and even from neighboring states and Canada.
Post Operative Rehabilitation Benefits:
- Fracture Repair
- Ununited Anconeal Process Repair
- Cruciate Ligament Repair
- Luxating Patella (Knee) Surgery
- Hip Surgery (FHO)
- Hip Luxation (Dislocation)
- Valgus Deformity
Our rehabilitation team began as a way to improve the care for pets that have had orthopedic surgeries and has since expanded to include therapy for pets with arthritis, dysplasia and other debilitating diseases.
Studies have proven that using rehabilitation after surgery allows the patient to return to better use of the limb more quickly and provides an easier recovery process. The rehab team conducts the initial rehab of the patient beginning immediately after surgery with a goal to minimize swelling and pain and to keep the joint mobile.
What to Expect from Rehabilitation
Much of the long-term success of these surgeries is dependent on the aftercare and rehabilitation. The rehabilitation increases strength, flexibility and function. Function simply means it allows your dog to act, play, walk, sleep, climb and in all other ways be a dog. Our goal is simply to return your pet to their favorite activities.
To get there, they will go through 5 stages of recovery which includes warm packing, cold packing, medication therapy and a variety of exercises to help your pet return to normal function.
Each pet will progress at a different rate through rehabilitation. The entire process takes about 8 weeks on average. Surgery is only the first step in returning a pet to full function, and rehabilitation can have a life long affect on the comfort, flexibility, and strength that your dog will have.
At the time of the pet’s discharge from the clinic, a rehabilitation technician will meet with the family to go over the stages of the rehab process and how to do them. With regular office visits, the team can assess your pet’s progress and alert the veterinarians of any potential problems.