Rehabilitation Services

If your cat or dog has had orthopedic surgery or suffers from osteoarthritis, physiotherapy can help alleviate their pain and assist them in regaining mobility and strength. Our team at Hôpital vétérinaire des Trois-Lacs has the expertise and certifications needed to physically rehabilitate your pet and help them feel better faster.

What is physiotherapy or physical rehabilitation for cats and dogs?

This animal health field allows your cat or dog to regain as much of their physical abilities as possible. The goal is to restore their full range of movement so they can go about their day-to-day activities again. The process considers their rehabilitation potential and involves various exercises and treatments.

Physiotherapy can only be practised by a professional who is certified in animal physiotherapy.

What types of issues can be treated with physiotherapy?

The goal of animal physiotherapy or physical rehabilitation is to provide treatment for disabilities caused by an injury or illness that affects your pet’s musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, bones and tendons).

What does physical rehabilitation for cats and dogs involve?

Physical rehabilitation uses various techniques that can be combined; they vary depending on the condition and treatment goal. During a physiotherapy session, we can treat your cat or dog using:

  • Manipulations that include massage and soft tissue mobilization
  • Various exercises and movements
  • Hydrotherapy, where your pet moves in water and walks on an underwater treadmill
  • Thermotherapy, a relaxation technique that alternates hot and cold
  • Electrotherapy, which uses various types of low- or high-frequency electrical currents (like ultrasound) for therapeutic purposes:
    -Reduce pain, inflammation and spasms
    -Strengthen muscles

    Why would my cat or dog need physiotherapy?

    Physical rehabilitation has many benefits for your cat or dog. Here are a few:

  • Faster recovery
  • Shorter convalescence
  • Less pain
  • Enhanced mobility and range of motion
  • Improved flexibility and biomechanics
  • Fewer complications and less discomfort caused by orthopedic problems or more invasive treatment

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