If your pet is facing surgery, needs help recovering after an injury, or is struggling to maintain quality of life while living with a condition such as arthritis, rehabilitation can help your pet live as fully and pain-free as possible.
Rehabilitation takes human physical therapy techniques and equipment and adapts them to the unique needs of dogs and cats, improving the function and mobility of their joints and muscles.
BEVS is home to one of Vermont’s most highly trained pet rehabilitation veterinarians. Pamela Levin, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP, is a veterinarian with advanced training and certification in both canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. It’s a level of expertise that translates into healthier, more active pets—and happier pet parents.
The benefits of physical rehabilitation
With a treatment plan tailored to your pet’s unique situation, rehabilitation can:
- Improve joint range of motion
- Improve muscle strength
- Speed functional recovery after surgery or trauma
- Decrease swelling and pain
- Maintain quality of life for aging pets or those with degenerative diseases
- Reduce the risk of injury in canine athletes
- Enhance fitness and conditioning
- Aid in weight loss for obese pets
The conditions physical rehabilitation can help
Physical rehabilitation has been proven to speed the healing process and return dogs to optimal function after surgery. Some conditions can even be treated with rehabilitation alone, preventing the need for surgery. And when surgery isn’t an option, rehabilitation can help keep muscles conditioned to support a pet with a chronic condition.
The most common conditions for which we provide rehabilitation therapy include:
- Postoperative strengthening and conditioning after knee or hip surgery, fracture repair, arthroscopy, and spinal cord surgery
- Management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, disc disease and pain
- Recovery from soft-tissue injuries (sprains and strains)
- Strengthening and gait retraining after fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE), and in patients with degenerative myelopathy
- Lameness, weakness, gait abnormalities
The rehabilitation services we provide
Based on a thorough evaluation of your pet’s medical history, current physical challenges and lifestyle—along with your goals for your companion—we’ll develop a comprehensive rehabilitation and pain management program that’s tailored to your pet’s individual needs. Your pet’s rehabilitation program may include:
- Therapeutic laser therapy: The use of light energy to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain relief
- NMES: Neuromuscular electrostimulation, or E-stim
- Manual therapy: Massage, stretching, joint and/or soft tissue mobilization
- Therapeutic exercise
- Chronic pain management using a variety of approaches
- Thermotherapy: Heat and ice including Game Ready® icing and compression therapy
- Home exercise programs
- Wheelchair/cart fitting
- Assistive devices, including slings, and harnesses
- Custom bracing options
Contact BEVS about rehabilitation
To make a referral or schedule a consultation with BEVS’ rehabilitation department, simply call us at 802-863-2387.