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Carolina Medina, DVM,
CVA, CVCH, DACVSMR
Medicine & Rehabilitation
Elizabeth Rawson, DVM,
MS, DACVS, CCRT
Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
What is Canine Physical Rehabilitation
Canine physical rehabilitation is the treatment of injury or illness to decrease pain and restore function. It is similar to physical therapy in people. Benefits of such therapies include: reduced pain and inflammation, improved circulation, quicker surgical recovery time, muscle strengthening and endurance, improved mobility, range of motion and functional abilities, as well as weight loss.
What should I expect?
During your initial consultation our rehabilitation specialist, assisted by our rehabilitation therapist, will thoroughly examine and evaluate your dog and recommend the best possible course of treatment tailored specifically to your dog's needs. Our rehabilitation therapist will then instruct you on what you can do at home to treat your pet. Once the treatment plan is identified we can begin setting up a schedule of rehabilitation sessions to start therapy. Treatment sessions are scheduled Mondays-Fridays. Sessions will be scheduled as drop-off appointments in which your dog will spend several hours here receiving multiple treatments and exercises throughout the day. When you return, you will meet with your therapist and discuss your dog's progress and address any questions you may have.
Current Therapies Offered
Hydrotherapy/Underwater Treadmill Acupuncture Laser Therapy Massage Manual Therapy Land Treadmill Therapeutic Exercises Therapeutic Ultrasound Electrical Muscle Stimulation Shockwave Therapy Stem Cell Therapy Platelet Rich Plasma
Benefits of Rehabilitation
Decreased pain Quicker recovery from surgery Improved mobility and function Improved range of motion Muscle strengthening and endurance Weight Loss Rehabilitation can benefit patients with arthritis, orthopedic and neurological injuries, athletic injuries, weakness and obesity.
Weight Loss Program at Coral Springs Animal Hospital
The Rehabilitation Department at Coral Springs Animal Hospital offers a comprehensive weight loss program for dogs and cats. If your pet is overweight, we can help you by giving you a detailed program for successful weight loss.
First you would schedule a consultation with Dr. Medina, our rehabilitation specialist. At the consultation Dr. Medina will examine your pet, explain the weight loss program, and take body measurements of your pet. The consultation costs $130 and includes a free bag of weight loss food. In addition to the free food, you will receive a measuring cup and handouts including graphs stating your pet’s current weight, ideal weight, and time to reach the ideal weight.
Dogs will then be scheduled for hydrotherapy sessions. These sessions consist of a treadmill that is in a tank of water so the dog has to walk in water. This treatment will speed the weight loss in a safe manner. Typically hydrotherapy sessions are done twice a week for 1-2 months to promote weight loss. Each session costs $65 or you can sign up for a discount package rate of $480 for a month of therapy ($40 savings).
We will need to weigh your pet about every 2 weeks to assure he/she is losing weight appropriately (at no cost).
The Rehabilitation Department is available Mondays through Thursdays. Please call (954) 753-1800 to schedule your consultation.