Animal Hospital of Dauphin County is committed to providing rehabilitation for our patients and our referral patients! Canine (animal) rehab uses the principles of human physical rehabilitation to help dogs and cats who are having difficulty moving, trouble walking, or who are in pain. It can also aid in helping animals regain muscle mass post operatively.
Our rehabilitation program includes a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Fletcher, CCRT. A treatment plan is developed from the findings of the evaluation and in conjunction with the owner’s goals. Treatment is individualized and may include hydrotherapy, laser therapy, balance exercises, walking retraining, therapeutic exercises, soft tissue massage with manual therapy, stretching, and home exercise program.
Some Conditions That Can be Helped by Animal Rehab:
- Cancer pain
- Acute or chronic pain
- Neurological disease: degenerative myelopathy, Wobbler’s syndrome; pain, weakness or paralysis due to disc disease, vestibular disease, fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)
- Geriatric issues: weakness in the hindlimbs, difficulty walking, difficulty getting up or sitting down
- Conservative management of orthopedic conditions: partial tear or complete tear of the CCL or other ligaments
- Post-op surgical conditions: canine ACL (also known as CrCL), FHO, total hip replacement surgery, osteochondritis dessicans (OCD) lesions, post-arthroscopy, post limb amputation, stem cell replacement surgery, fracture repair
- Soft tissue injuries (tendinitis, tendinopathies)
- Sport related injuries
Our Rehabilitation Therapy Team
We are proud to have two certified canine rehabilitation professionals on our team.
Dr. Jennifer Fletcher is our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). She completed her training with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute through Colorado State University in September 2017.
Marah Eimer completed the Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner program at the University of Tennessee in 2018. Marah has been providing rehab therapy to patients under the previous supervision of Kelly Straub, MPT, CCRP, Dr. Cheryl Burke, CCRP and Dr. Brooke Lowenstein, CCRT for two years prior to 2017.
Together, Dr. Fletcher and Marah are excited to continue providing this unique service to our clients and patients. Let us know if you are interested in rehabilitation for your pet!
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