Rehabilitation assists patients recovering from injury or orthopaedic surgery. We work together with our veterinarians and surgeons to find the best solution for restoring optimal function for your pet’s lifestyle and well-being.

Rehabilitation can increase the active life span and promote the best quality of life in your middle-aged and geriatric pet who may be suffering from degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis and spinal conditions. Chronic disease may result in compensatory muscle tension and sometimes severe discomfort.

Rehabilitation therapies gently assist the body to heal and slow the degenerative processes down.

Common conditions where rehabilitation can impact recovery and quality of life are:

  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Cruciate ligament disease
  • Patella luxation
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fracture repair
  • Back pain
  • Spinal injury or surgery
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Muscle tears and strains
  • Weight management
  • Geriatric health programs

Assessment by a Veterinarian

  • Our patients are fully assessed by the veterinarian prior to and regularly during their rehabilitation program
  • Pain medication usage is reassessed and the protocols are adjusted according to the individual patients’ response to therapy. In patients where the use of certain pain medication is contraindicated rehabilitation therapies can provide an alternative method of pain management.

Rehabilitation therapies and modalities used

  • Massage
  • Laser therapy
  • Underwater treadmill

Massage assists with the release of muscle tension, reduces pain and promotes normal muscle function. It increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage assisting recumbent patients. It can help relieve the discomfort of osteoarthritis and other musculo-skeletal conditions.

Laser therapy uses light energy to stimulate cells to heal at a faster rate and in a more organised manner resulting in improved tissue strength. It has anti-inflammatory effects and assists with pain management.

Hydrotherapy  – Our Aquatread Underwater Treadmill provides a controlled environment for rehabilitation and exercise. The properties of water decrease joint loading, decrease joint stiffness, reduce tissue swelling and build muscle mass. Patients exercise more comfortably and confidently as the buoyancy of water decreases the load on painful joints. Water also increases muscle support to joints, thus assisting with function and the re-learning of correct posture and gait. Exercise in water has multiple benefits that will be used to improve and maintain health and quality life in our young, middle-aged and geriatric pets.

How to make an appointment

Please speak to your regular Vets4Pets veterinarian for referral or contact our rehabilitation centre at Vets4Pets Northgate direct to make an appointment for your pet’s initial assessment.

The initial assessment and treatment will last approximately 60 minutes and the recommended rehabilitation program will be discussed with the owner and tailored to each patients needs.

PHONE: 8367 9555
21 Fosters Rd, Greenacres SA 5086