General Questions

Why should I bring my pet to the Animal Therapy Center?

The Animal Therapy Center is a specialized veterinary facility offering alternatives to conventional veterinary medicine. We have two divisions: Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine. Rehabilitation focuses on helping restore neuromuscular function following surgery, injury, or for treating chronic conditions such as arthritis or degenerative myelopathy. As in human medicine, rehabilitation is becoming the standard of care for animals having experienced any orthopedic or neurological surgery. We also provide fitness training to help your dog prevent injuries, lose weight, and stay active. In our Integrative Medicine department we focus on alternative medical approaches including acupuncture and herbal medicine. All of the above treatments can be implemented in a wide variety of diseases and conditions.

What is rehabilitative therapy?

Canine rehabilitative therapy uses the principles and practices of physical therapy to address functional problems of nerves, muscles and joints. The goal of rehabilitation is to improve mobility of disabled or debilitated pets. We use therapeutic exercise and varying modalities that help to increase strength, flexibility and range of motion while decreasing pain.

What is the difference between your many services?

If you are interested in any form of rehabilitation, holistic medicine, or aquatic therapy, the first step is to call to schedule an initial evaluation. During this consultation to begin either rehabilitation or integrative medicine, the doctor will provide recommendations based on your pet’s medical history. Different rehabilitative therapy modalities include hydrotherapy, land exercises, manual therapy, cold laser therapy, acupuncture, and herbal therapy. Each therapy is catered specifically to your pet and may be designed to improve muscle tone and strength, improve neurological and proprioceptive functions, improve flexibility, alleviate pain, and more. These different therapeutic options can be applied individually or in conjunction with one another to benefit your pet.

How much does this cost?

Fees vary based upon which services are deemed appropriate for your pet. All pets must undergo an initial evaluation prior to beginning therapy.

How often will my pet need to come for treatment?

Frequency and longevity of treatment depend on the specific condition of your pet and the type of therapy utilized. After evaluating your pet, our doctor will recommend a treatment plan.