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Canine Rehabilitation

If your dog has been referred to one our skilled physical therapists for canine rehabilitation please call us at (321) 725-5365 today to make an appointment.

Just like with human physical therapy, veterinary physical therapy and canine rehabilitation seek to provide treatments and management methods for a variety of mobility issues, such as:

  • Arthritis

  • Birth defects

  • Degenerative diseases

  • Injuries

  • Surgery recovery

Our Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Here at Animal Specialty & Emergency Center of Brevard, our facilities are fully outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and we have an expert physical therapist on staff to assist you and your dogs with any mobility issues they may be experiencing. Our team completes continuing education programs every year to make sure that your pet receives the absolute best and most up-to-date treatment in the Melbourne, FL area. Learn more about our highly qualified veterinary physical therapists below

Dr. Curt Barchard, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Curt Barchard, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Managing DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Dr. Curt Barchard, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Curt Barchard, DVM, CCRT, CVA

Managing DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Veterinary Underwater Treadmill

Physical Rehabilitation Services We Offer

Physical rehabilitation is also very beneficial to help maintain good function for patients with chronic neurological disorders, chronic arthritis, weight problems, or other musculoskeletal disorders. Our certified canine rehabilitation therapist will use your pet's diagnosis to create a customized treatment plan. Depending on your pet's condition and the severity of their mobility issues, we may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • Manual Manipulation

  • Underwater Treadmill

  • Exercise

  • Acupuncture

  • Cold Laser

  • Electro Stimulation

If you would like to learn more about how physical therapy can help your pet, please call us at (321) 725-5365 or email us at [email protected]

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More About Our Rehabilitation Services:

Manual Manipulation

A variety of techniques are used to provide necessary movement of the affected area including massage and joint mobility activities.

Underwater Treadmill

  • Allows early intervention and quicker recovery times for animals post-injury or surgery.

  • Builds muscle strength and improves mobility without additional stress on the joints.

  • Warm water assists in pain reduction and increases blood flow that aids in nerve and muscle healing.

  • Allows older animals to exercise more effectively.

  • Used for weight-loss treatment and overall strengthening. Water viscosity creates resistance to the muscles, resulting in a great strength and endurance workout.

Exercise

Exercises using cones, balance discs, cavaletti bars, and other devices are used to decrease recovery time from injuries or surgery. Each rehabilitation exercise plan is developed specifically to a patient’s needs and abilities as related to their condition.

Acupuncture (Canine/Feline)

The use of acupuncture allows for additional pain relief for those patients recovering from surgery and those with chronic joint or spinal issues. Acupuncture is also used for nerve stimulation to aid in the recovery of patients with spinal/nerve injuries.

Cold Laser

Cold laser uses the benefits of low-intensity laser light. The low-level irradiation penetrates the tissues reducing inflammation and inducing healing. Cold laser is routinely used to help with recovery related to a variety of surgeries and traumatic injuries. It is also commonly used to reduce the discomfort associated with chronic arthritis and spinal pain.

Electro Stimulation

Electro Stimulation is a non-invasive method of inducing muscle contractions. It is used to help prevent or recover from muscle atrophy secondary to disuse or nerve injury.