Dr. White has been away at the University of Tennessee doing coursework in veterinary rehabilitation. She is working on becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. What does physical rehabilitation mean? To most of us, it means physical therapy and sports medicine. In the veterinary world, rehabilitation specialists provide a variety of services from physical therapy after orthopedic surgery to conditioning for competition. Though these may not sound like your pets needs, there are other applications for our furry family members.
Does your dog have arthritis or seem to gain weight even after buying that special diet food? Read on!
Dr. White has several current patients receiving therapy. One of these patients was suffering from hip arthritis and obesity. After two weeks of therapy, he had a notable increase in energy at home and had lost 5% of his body weight! Another patient was born with a spinal deformity. Though he had surgery on his spine as a puppy, he still has significant paralysis of both rear limbs. After two weeks of therapy, his owners caught him standing without assistance! Both of these patients are still being treated in hopes of even greater improvement, but their families and Dr. White are excited about their progress thus far.
If you have a four-legged family member who is not getting around as well as he/she used to, feel free to call for a physical rehabilitation consultation!