A VETERINARIAN'S REFERRAL IS NECESSARY FOR AN EVALUATION AND TREATMENT OF YOUR ANIMAL. WE WILL KEEP IN CONSTANT CONTACT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN ON YOUR DOG'S PROGRESS TO INSURE THE BEST CARE FOR YOUR PET!
Download our Veterinarian Referral Form (pdf) to bring to your dog's veterinarian.
What is Animal Physical Rehabilitation?
Animal physical rehabilitation can make a difference
in the lives of all animals. Physical rehabilitation treats animals
with dysfunction, injury, pain or physical abnormalities through
the application of physics, biomechanics, anatomy, physiology,
and psychology. Treatment techniques include modalities (ice,
heat, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound), joint mobilization,
soft tissue mobilization and massage, therapeutic exercise,
aquatic therapy, acupressure, and much more.
How can I determine if my pet needs physical rehabilitation?
Many animals can benefit from the services of physical rehabilitation.
In the human world of health care, we receive physical rehabilitation
after an injury or surgery, for any type of pain or dysfunction.
We also receive treatment after neurological injuries (such
as a stroke), for fractures, sprains or strains, for the treatment
of wounds, athletic injuries, arthritic conditions (Lyme Disease)
and the effects of aging (osteoarthritis).
Animals can receive physical rehabilitation for all of the above.
Too often, our pets do not receive physical rehabilitation and this
may prevent them from returning to a full recovery.
Some of the diagnoses commonly treated with physical rehabilitation:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Spinal conditions
- Post surgical conditions - orthopedic and neurological
- ACL or CCL injuries
- Muscle Strains/Pulls
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Athletic Injuries
- Sore joints
- Fibrocartilagenous Emboli
- Post fracture management
- Disc conditions
And many more - please contact us with any questions on your
What is the cost?
Cost varies according to the injury and location of treatment.
Generally, initial evaluations cost between $75.00 and $125.00.
The initial evaluation includes the evaluation, treatment and
a set up on a home exercise program. Subsequent treatments
range in time from 30 to 75 minutes and vary between $35.00
and $100.00 depending upon the nature of the treatment. Payment
options and packages are available. (i.e. 10 visits for a reduced
Once your dog is on his way to doing better, we offer regular
exercise sessions in the underwater treadmill. Prices
for one to thirty minutes is $35.00 and thirty-one to sixty
minutes is $50.00. This is wonderful for maintaining
all of the gains made in rehabilitation.
How do I get started?
Speak with your veterinarian about physical rehabilitation for your
pet. A veterinarian's referral is needed for the evaluation
and treatment of your pet. If you are having difficulty speaking
with your veterinarian about a referral, please contact us
and we can contact your veterinarian for you.
Can I get started at home?
Until the initial evaluation, the most important thing you
can do at home for your pet is to become cognizant of all of
the limitations and problems your pet may be having. For example,
is your dog presenting with stiffness in the morning or after
exercise? Also, it will be important for you and the physical
therapist to set up reasonable goals for your pet. For example,
it is very reasonable to set a goal to return a 2 year old
yellow Labrador Retriever to walking 5 miles a day. However,
this may not be reasonable for a 13 year old Labrador Retriever.
How long will it take until I notice improvement?
Depending upon the diagnosis and condition of your pet, improvements
may be seen with one session or it may take 3 or 4 sessions.
Dogs with arthritis usually demonstrate small improvements
immediately and larger improvements in a few weeks. Younger
dogs may also demonstrate immediate improvements.
Can all animals benefit from physical rehabilitation?
Most animals (dogs, cats, horses to name a few) can benefit
from physical rehabilitation. Realistically, there are many conditions
that physical rehabilitation cannot cure. For example, physical rehabilitation
treatments will not cure cancer, arthritis, or progressive
neurological diseases. However, it can help improve the quality
of life for many animals and it will help them lead longer
and more functional lives.
Can physical rehabilitation help my healthy pet to prevent future
Physical rehabilitation can certainly play a role in the prevention
of injuries. It is critical that owners maintain the musculoskeletal
health of their pets and recognize any injuries or problems.
Early detection may prevent further problems from occurring.
Can healthy dogs benefit from rehabilitation?
Absolutely! We offer packages for the healthy dog to
come in and get regular exercise. This is especially
popular when the weather makes it difficult to exercise regularly
-- the cold of the winter or the heat of the summer. The
underwater treadmill is a wonderful cross training tool and
is a benefit to any dog's program. For example, we have
performance dogs come in once to twice a week to exercise in
the underwater treadmill for thirty to forty-five minute sessions. We
also have dogs that have undergone rehabilitation come back in
once or twice a week for underwater treadmill sessions.
All sessions are monitored and the cost is $35.00 for up to
thirty minutes and $50.00 for up to sixty minutes.
Performance dogs, dogs with weight issues, arthritic pets
and dogs that have recovered from conditions are perfect candidates
for this program!
What are my options for transporting my dog?
Wizard of Paws provides canine
transportation services to
and from your veterinary hospital and home for non-ambulatory
dogs or if your schedule doesn't allow.
dog has been prescribed post-operative crate rest. What should
Boarding with prescribed crate rest and other treatments are
available at our Southeastern Connecticut facility.