Postoperative Cranial Cruciate Rupture Surgery – One of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs, cranial cruciate ligament disease typically requires surgery to address the resulting instability of the knee. Post-operative rehabilitation is essential to restoring normal function to an affected dog.
Postoperative Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy – A number of conditions and injuries (including coxofemoral luxation, femoral head and neck fracture and Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease) require this salvage procedure. Unfortunately, this surgery can result in excessive scar tissue that causes a decreased range of motion and abnormal muscle healing. Early and aggressive rehabilitation provides the best outcome possible for these patients.
Spinal Cord Diseases – If a dog is diagnosed with spinal trauma or a spinal disease such as inflammatory disease, degenerative myelopathy or intervertebral disc disease, goals for rehabilitation would be to manage the pain, maintain joint mobility, restore/prevent muscle atrophy and coordination, and improve proprioception (body-position awareness).
Geriatric/Osteoarthritis – Arthritis is a common problem in our geriatric patients. Unfortunately, declines in activity level due to arthritis pain are often perceived as normal age-related slowing down. In conjunction with exercises that will help improve your senior pet’s activity levels, mutli-modal therapy can be used to help decrease joint pain associated with arthritis.
Obesity – One of the most common canine health concerns in the United States, an estimated 50% of dogs between the ages of five 10 ten are considered either overweight or obese. Obesity leads to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and accelerating the progression of osteoarthritis. A weight-loss plan that utilizes exercises that are safe for patients of varying physical abilities while also offering nutrition guidance can be formulated. An indoor treadmill is especially useful for providing exercises to heat-sensitive pets during the hot Las Vegas summers.