6770 Onondaga Lake Parkway
Liverpool, NY, 13088
Monday - Friday 7:30am-8:00pm
Our on staff rehabilitator, Susie Salvage, BS, LVT, CCRP, will provide compassionate care and a variety of services for pets whose quality of life is affected by age, disease or injury. Rehabilitation is available for dogs and cats of all ages and at all stages of life. As with human medicine, it may be prescribed following orthopedic surgery, neuro surgery, for treatment of chronic pain, athletic and traumatic injuries, age related diseases and for weight management, to name a few conditions.
The needs of each patient are unique and treatment plans are customized. We hope you will consider us to be a partner in your pet’s recovery process.
-Rehabilitation and Laser visits are by appointment only.
Benefits of Rehabilitation:
- Muscle Spasm
- Muscle Contracture
- Muscle Strength
- Rate of Tissue Healing
- Rate of Recovery
- Range of Motion
Rehabilitation helps with:
- Hip Dysplasia & Surgery
- Elbow Dysplasia & Surgery
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Cruciate Ligament Injury & Surgery
- Tendon/Ligament Injury & Surgery
- Muscle Atrophy/Wasting
- Degenerative Spinal Cord Disease
- Weight Loss
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Which pets can benefit from rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is beneficial for the vast majority of pets. Rehabilitation treatments not only improve the quality of life to our critically injured patients, they also aid in recovery to our post-operative patients and those trying rehab as an alternative to surgery. Treatments also help with older patients suffering from arthritis. Rehabilitation can also help with various neurologic conditions, weight loss and conditioning. In the human world, we receive physical rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, for any type of pain or dysfunction. We also receive treatments after neurological injuries (such as a stroke), for fractures, sprains, or strains, treatment of wounds, athletic injuries, arthritic conditions and to counteract the effects of aging (osteoarthritis).
Animals can receive physical rehabilitation for all of the above. Too often, our pets do not receive physical rehabilitation and this may prevent them from realizing a full recovery.
What are the most effective treatment methods?
There are many modalities that can be used in rehabilitation. Some of these include therapeutic laser, Assisi loop, and aqua therapy. However, there are many beneficial techniques and therapeutic exercises that can be done with our own hands. These techniques include massage, which increases circulation and oxygenation to the cells of the body. Massage also helps to improve muscle function, flexibility and range of motion and helps with relaxation and stress reduction. Hands-on therapeutic exercises are designed to help with patient strength, increased flexibility and sometimes re-education on the use of a foot or limb.
What if I don't have the money for rehabilitation?
During the initial rehabilitation consult, we will review basic exercises that can be performed on your pet at home. Working
one-on-one with your pet, these home exercises can also help strengthen the bond between you and your pet. Our recommendations are always geared toward the best interest of the pet, however we recognize circumstances occur that prevent rehabilitation at the clinic. It is very important then to follow the home exercises and to stay in close contact with your veterinary team. Please keep in mind that in many instances, rehab can often reduce or eliminate the need for anti-inflammatory or pain medications- which will save money over time.
How soon will my pet feel better?
Each animal will respond differently depending upon the diagnosis and the condition of the patient. Improvements may be seen after the first session, or it could take up to 4 or 5 sessions. Arthritic pets may show a slower improvement initially with greater improvements within a few weeks, as compared to younger patients, who may show improvements sooner. Regardless, it is very important to not let your pet overexert themselves. Excessive activity during post operation recovery or during early phases of rehabilitation could cause further injury. Again, it is always recommended to stay in close contact for treatment with your veterinary team.