Our ‘Fit for Life’ program is an all-inclusive personalized treatment and wellness program specifically designed for your pet. Your pet faces many of the same physical obstacles we do: osteoarthritis, joint and muscle injuries, fractures, herniated discs and obesity to name a few. These are commonly treated conditions encountered by our pets and can seriously impact the quality and quantity of life. Traditional (conventional) treatment modalities often involve the use of anti-inflammatories and analgesics.

Veterinary medicine has continued to evolve and improve, the benefits of alternative modalities such as acupuncture, therapeutic laser, TENs treatment, therapeutic massage, water treadmill therapy and physical rehabilitation therapy have come to the forefront. PetVets Animal Hospital recognizes the need to combine traditional and complementary veterinary methods to improve our patient’s lives and strengthen the pet-owner bond. Our ‘Fit for Life’ program is custom tailored for your pet’s specific needs to integrate pain management and rehabilitation.

PetVets is excited to offer these treatments:

Aquatic therapy is highly beneficial; it uses the therapeutic properties of water to strengthen muscles in an environment of little to no pressure on the joints. This allows us to improve flexibility, increase mobility and contractility of the muscles all while reducing the risk of injury. The controlled environment provides an optimal setting for cardiovascular conditioning and physical rehabilitation. Hydrotherapy can help patients rehabilitate after soft tissue injuries, postoperative, fracture care, neurological impairments, osteoarthritis, muscle weakness, geriatric care, weight loss, and more.

The warm water can provide pain relief and allow muscle relaxation and tendon stretching. Athletes benefit from conditioning in an underwater treadmill both in muscle strengthening and cardiovascular endurance due to the water’s increased resistance. Finally, obese or overweight patients can exercise more safely in a buoyant environment than on land. The water’s buoyancy reduces weight-bearing stress while at the same time its resistance increases metabolic demand and improves muscle strength to aid in weight loss.

Laser Therapy
Laser therapy uses light to enhance and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The use of light energy to stimulate tissue repair and provide pain relief and management, is known as cold laser therapy. Class four therapeutic lasers works on the cellular level to encourage cell growth and regeneration, while increasing blood flow and lymphatic flow to the area. Pain and inflammation at the site of injury are decreased and aid in the stimulation of healing. The treatment applications for laser therapy are many and range from muscle strain to wound healing and post-surgical/dental use.

Therapeutic Exercise
Therapeutic exercise is used to aid in increasing strength, flexibility and balance while improving coordination. The goal is to slow disease progression and enhance and improve the pet’s quality of life. These exercises utilize passive and active range of motion to stimulate cartilage production and prevent inflexibility all while increasing circulation. We can use strengthening exercise to correct muscle atrophy and provide support to ailing joints. Another goal of therapeutic exercise is to increase and correct proprioception and improves a pet’s coordination. An exercise routine can be performed here in the clinic as well as adapted for therapeutic exercise at home.

Therapeutic Massage
Massage can be used as part of a therapeutic treatment plan to improve muscle and joint function while relieving tension, muscle spasms and encouraging proper and normal range of motion. This modality can also be used to increase and encourage normal circulation and lymphatic flow to an area. Typically, massage therapy can be combined with PROM (passive range of motion) to aid in restoring function. Acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries can both benefit from the use of massage therapy.

This therapy utilizes electrical impulses to an area of the body to stimulate nerves and muscles. The goal of this modality is to decrease pain and decrease edema caused by inflammation or injury.