Proud home to one of only a few veterinary rehab centers in our area (and the only all-inclusive rehab center between South Fort Myers and Sarasota!), we are happy to offer elite veterinary physical therapy to our community!!
With effective and individualized rehabilitation regimens utilizing our veterinary-specific equipment and wide-spectrum of therapeutic modalities, we are able to extend both the quality and quantity of your beloved pet’s life tremendously!
Laser therapy accelerates the body’s natural healing process through a complex, non-invasive process involving light absorption in the cells. This absorption stimulates a cascade of events in order to provide tangible benefits to your pet. The light emitted from the class III cold laser aids in accelerated cellular regeneration and tissue repair, deep musculoskeletal pain relief, reduction of inflammation, and significantly improving capillary growth (allowing for more circulation), as well as slowly regenerating nerve function in damaged tissues.
Through our cutting-edge Oasis underwater treadmill, we are able to provide active muscle strengthening while minimizing stress on the body through the buoyancy of the water. In addition to building and strengthening muscles, the warm water environment helps to increase overall flexibility, range of motion and circulation. By increasing paces, adjusting tread times & water levels, we are able to provide customized regimens for each individual patient. Our treadmill also operates in both forward and reverse motions, has incline availability as well as therapeutic jet resistance, giving us a great deal of flexibility to formulate the ultimate regimen!
While the therapeutic elements the water presents for hydrotherapy may not entirely apply to the land treadmill, this is still an excellent source of exercise! Our land treadmill has a great deal of speed variability, and with remote operations we are able to comfortably remain at your pet’s side to guide them through a safe and effective workout! Just like human treadmills, ours is great for cardio and weight-loss regimens!
Many musculoskeletal and neurological conditions can result in pain, decreased range of motion, atrophy and loss of coordination. We can work on land with a patient’s own weight using gravity and the help of veterinary-specific therapeutic equipment. Not unlike human physical therapy, these measures aid in stability while challenging core muscle groups and targeted regions. We carry wide array of this equipment, such as Physio balls, cavalettis, TheraBands and a variety of balancing equipment.
Canine sports medicine and athletic conditioning is something we are very familiar with here at Santa Barbara Animal Hospital. Our doctor having breed and worked labs for field trials and dock diving has sparked a special interest in this field of orthopedic veterinary medicine, and is a major factor in why we have a rehab center! Conditioning and sports-injury related rehab is commonplace for athletes, and we are well-versed in these conditions!
Obesity is a major epidemic for pets in the U.S., with an estimated 50% of dogs and cats ranking in the overweight and/or obese categories! Excess weight is a major contributor to premature death in affected animals, and typically leads to related issues such as cancers, diabetes, joint and spinal degeneration, heart issues and breathing concerns. We offer nutritional consultations in addition to medical screening to determine underlying condition of weight-gain. We provide in-house exercise regimens in addition to consultation for home-care.
Therapeutic massage has been proven over millennia to be a highly effective modality to increase circulation and lymphatic flow; and decrease edema and fibrosis by relieving contracture of the tendons and muscles. It also relieves stress, anxiety and pain by stimulating endorphin release while helping to maintain overall muscle tone. Proper stretching and mobilization of joints, tendons and ligaments improves joint motion after surgery, preventing joint contracture, soft tissue inflexibility and shortening as well as adhesions between soft tissue and bones; all while and enhancing joint lubrication.
For those pets that could use help at home, though are unable to participate in a more rigorous rehab regimen, we offer rehabilitative consultations. During this session, your pet’s mobility is evaluated and you are provided a tailored home-regimen recommended by our practitioner in order to target the specific areas your pet may require help. These home exercises are gone over in detail during the consultation, and you are provided the tool-kit necessary to carry out home exercises in order to avoid the potential need for more intensive rehabilitative measures.