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Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation Services

Fur Ability is about creating a durable pet to give them the ability to live their life to their full potential. Rehabilitation helps to speed up recovery, improves quality of life and reduces pain. However we have also found rehabilitation works best when integrated with other conventional and holistic treatments as well as with what you are able to do. You the owner are an important facet to the recovery process and we like to get you as involved as possible. 

Animal rehabilitation is very similar to physiotherapy for people. It involves the use of manual, physical and electro- therapies to aid recovery. Here at Fur Ability, we provide an individual customized approach to help your pet live its best possible life. We use a holistic approach treating the whole body not just the obvious problem as well as working closely with you, your abilities and goals. This enables faster outcomes, better assessments of progress and an improved ability to reduce further complications during recovery. 

Fur Ability is able to offer a vary of treatment options. We start with a full body assessment this means we are able to find and treat not only the presenting injury/problem but also see how the body is adjusting and compensating.

During our sessions we use hands-on techniques like therapeutic exercises, range of motion exercises, joint mobilizations, targeted therapeutic massage and fitness training. This results in pain relief, improved mobility and/or improved performance.

We also use electrotherapies such as Low-Level Laser therapy, thermal modalities (the use of hot and cold), Electrical Stimulation (NMES, TENS) and PEMf (Pulsed Electromagnetic field therapy) to aid in the healing and recovery process.

And finally targeted therapeutic exercises and home modifications to be used between sessions to enhance the benefits of our treatments. ​

If you are interested in how rehabilitation can help your pet and want more information please get in touch. 

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Dog in Nature

When can rehabilitation help?

The simple answer is rehab can help improve quality of life in almost all cases.

Some of the more common applications are:

  • Soft tissue injury recovery

  • Orthopedic injury recovery

  • Pre- and post-surgical recovery

  • Pain management

  • Conservative injury management

  • Neurological conditions such as nerve injury, FCE or IVDD

  • Congenital and degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia

  • Senior maintenance

  • Weight loss

  • Injury prevention and assistance with performance issues

If you are unsure if rehabilitation can help your pet live its best life, contact us and we can discuss your case in more detail.

What are therapeutic exercises?

Therapeutic Exercises are exercises that we add to your pets treatment plan. We start off showing you and then they are usually set as homework to help between visits.

They are designed to target specific muscle groups to help strengthen and tone the muscles. Other types of therapeutic exercises help with body awareness and balance. Performing therapeutic exercises routinely will greatly improve recovery times, prevent further injury and improve performance and stamina.

We use online video, photographic and written descriptions of assigned exercises to help you achieve perfection. We are also able to offer assistance and feedback in person or virtually if you are struggling.

 

Regular revaluation of your pet’s progress will take place and exercises advanced as your pet progresses to help in achieving your goals!

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What is therapeutic massage therapy?

At Fur Ability we utilize therapeutic massage as part of our rehabilitation treatment.

It has been proven to be helpful for:

  • Soothing and comforting a patient

  • Pain reduction

  • Calming the nervous system or in some cases simulating it

  • Improving muscle function and tension

  • Reducing the build-up of adhesions

  • Softening and stretching connective tissues

  • Improving joint range of motion

  • Enhancing circulation

  • Aiding in the elimination of biochemical toxins

  • Creating a mild inflammatory response that can jump-start healing

We use low stress techniques and a ready supply of treats to distract and calm where necessary. Certain techniques can also be taught and used daily as part of your therapeutic exercise program at home. Massage is safe when used correctly and has very few side effects. 

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