The quality of your pet’s life and the success of any stem cell research/ treatment carried out at Safarivet is dependent on the comprehensive rehabilitation tools and therapeutic modalities employed by certified rehabilitation specialists available at the facility.
Due to disease/ailments like orthopedic ailments and neurologic conditions of pets, they may require postoperative rehabilitation, performance training, maintenance rehabilitation therapy, or regular exercise. These modalities help the pets reach goals set out for them.
At Safari Veterinary Care Center, Dr. Garner and his therapeutic specialists provide pet rehabilitation therapy geared toward canines, even though techniques used here can also be applied to horses, cats, birds, rabbits, rodents, and other small animals. Pet therapy adapts human physical therapy techniques to increase the function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals.
In Safarivet, a piece of exercise equipment, known as FitPAWS®, is used to improve canine fitness so that their quality of life is greatly improved. The materials used for the equipment are such that it is highly resistant to dog nails and improves their grip when exercising. The manufacturers of the equipment distribute accessories, equipment, and exercise gear that help aid the prescribed canine exercises at home for a full recovery.
Therapeutic Modalities for Canine
There are various therapeutic modalities for canine, and some of them include;
It is a great physical and mental workout with many advantages. Although it was initially designed for horse training, it is used for pets in Safarivet. Cavaletti exercises involve small jumps over rails that are elevated off the ground. The rails are of a specific length and spaced at specific intervals. The height of the rails is adjusted according to the size and postoperative needs of the pet. If the exercise is new to the pet, the poles can be set on the ground, and the height can be gradually increased as the pet advances.
Cavaletti is great for mental stimulation, strengthening muscles, balance, stability, flexibility, coordination, and is exceptional for building proprioception skills. Cavaletti exercise is also great for correcting poor gait, such as feet shuffling or pacing.
Pilates and obstacle courses:
They are designed to strengthen core muscles and work on specific leg muscles. Balance exercises not only improve balance and confidence but strengthen joints by making little movements that flex the muscles surrounding the joint. Improving balance and coordination is essential for improving mobility in pets with chronic arthritis, whether post-surgery or during recovery from injury.
In all, the benefits of pilates are balance, coordination, flexibility, conditioning, hip extension, muscle strength, body awareness, strength, lower core stability, and confidence. Asides being physically challenging, it is mentally challenging as well because they have to think to decide where their body is at any point in time. Pilates reduces joint swelling, increases blood flow, prevent injuries, and heal surgical wounds.
The wobble board is an excellent tool for multi-directional balance. It improves proprioception, strengthens the joints, increases range of motion, strengthens the core, and overall conditioning.
The wobble board swivels a full 360°, and your pet will gain self-confidence as it learns to master unstable environments by maintaining its center of gravity on the board.
Cold Laser Therapy:
Clinical research has shown that laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation, stimulates tissue healing, regeneration of nerve cells, and reduces recovery time. In addition to medication, laser therapy gives great results. It is non-invasive, requires no sedation, and free from side effects.
At Safari Veterinary Care Center, we use a high-powered laser, so treatments take just a few minutes and can be performed on an out-patient basis. Laser therapy is suitable for pets of all ages and species.
This equipment helps to improve balance, coordination, and extend the range of motion of the hind limbs. It is excellent for rehabilitation after surgery, to correct arthritis or build proprioception.