The rehabilitation team at VSCD is staffed by two veterinarians and a human doctor of physical therapy, all of whom have received certification in canine rehabilitation therapy (CCRP). Our rehab team also includes a hydrotherapist certified in canine massage therapy, an acupuncturist and two assistants. Dr. Natalie Campbell, who directs the program, is also a certified osteoarthritis case manager. Our focus is to restore dogs and cats to full or near full function for daily living through physical movement and advanced treatment.
Housed in a fully-equipped Rehabilitation Center on the New Castle County grounds, the rehabilitation service integrates heated hydrotherapy with land therapies to meet the needs of injured, arthritic and athletic patients, and strengthens the human-animal bond. Our focus is to restore dogs and cats to full or near full function for daily living through physical movement and advanced treatment.
The VSCD Rehabilitation Team works one-on-one with owners to set goals, hopes, and expectations and a targeted timeframe. Each program combines in-office exercises in conjunction with at-home work.
Who benefits from rehabilitation services?
Our veterinary-directed programs are designed for patients needing a variety of different benefits, including:
- Preparation for surgery through strengthening
- Pain management following surgery, injury, or illness
- Preservation of joint function and muscle mass
- Pain-free mobility for patients suffering from arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Strengthened mobility and functioning in highly active or stressed animal athletes
What techniques are used in rehabilitation?
Depending on the pet’s condition, needs, and goals, our rehabilitation team has a number of different services and modalities they can use, including:
- Heated therapy pool – 88 to 92 degrees
- Under water treadmill
- Cold laser therapy—Class IV laser
- Therapeutic massage
- Electrical stimulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Therapeutic exercise and treadmill
- Client education and support
- The Enliten Open Air System
Similar to a Johnny Jump-Up where a baby is suspended from a doorframe in a body sling, the Enliten “box” of steel posts and girders allows the sling to hoist and suspend an animal, so just its paws are touching the floor. Sliders at the top of the unit allow movement north, east, west and south. Practitioners are then able to work on muscle movement and gait while the animal is in a natural standing pose.
What is the time investment for rehabilitation sessions?
The first consultation is typically a 90-minute appointment, with subsequent 45-minute rehab sessions.
Do I need a referral for my pet?
No, but we encourage the involvement of your local veterinarian to ensure we create the best plan based on your pet's medical history.
With more than 25 years of combined veterinary experience, our family-oriented rehabilitation veterinarians approach pet wellness with the ultimate goal of optimizing quality of life for our pets and the people who love them.
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