The Toronto Veterinary Emergency Hospital offers a variety of rehabilitation services, provided our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, Jenna Cook (Registered Veterinary Technician) who is also a Certified Canine Massage Therapist.

Rehabilitation is a crucial part of the recovery process following an injury or illness. The goal of rehabilitation is to improve the quality of life of your pet by decreasing pain and increasing mobility. Rehabilitation can optimize the recovery of patients with a wide array of ailments such as soft tissue injuries, osteoarthritis, disc disease and orthopaedic injuries. Patients with these conditions can experience pain, weakness, incoordination, and difficulty performing normal daily activities. At TVEH, rehabilitation is considered an integral part of patient health, wellness and recovery.

Our rehabilitation practitioner offers a wide variety of rehabilitation treatment options for your pet. Your pet will undergo a detailed assessment before rehabilitation therapy can begin. Each assessment includes a full body musculoskeletal and joint examination, gait analysis, functional and pain assessment. After determining the current needs of the patient, a custom rehabilitation treatment plan is created to achieve optimal recovery for your pet. Treatment plans include in clinic and outpatient therapy options. All outpatient rehabilitation plans include written instructions. These ensure that the therapeutic exercises are being done correctly and efficiently, and helps answer any questions you may have.

What Treatments Do We Offer?

Manual Therapy: uses range of motion, massage, joint manipulation and stretching to improve the health of the joints

  • Treatments provided by a Certified Canine Massage Therapist

Thermotherapy: Increases local blood circulation to soothe muscle soreness and promote tissue healing. In chronic injuries and degenerative joint disease heat reduces pain and inflammation of muscles and joints.

  • Hydrocolator Moist Heat Packs

Cryotherapy: Helps to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief in acute injuries.

  • Game Ready Compression Ice Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy: Reduces pain and inflammation of injured area. Increases microcirculation resulting in acceleration in tissue repair and wound healing.

  • Class 3b Laser Therapy

Electrical Muscle Stimulation: Promotes stimulation of muscles that require strengthening or neuromuscular re-education. Provides pain relief for chronic and acute injuries.

  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation

Therapeutic Exercises: Weight bearing and balance exercises targeted towards improving coordination and limb use, building muscle mass to help return animal to functional activities.

  • Stability Balls/ Peanuts/Donuts, Proprioceptive Balance Discs, Incline Surfaces, Cavalettis, etc.

Land Based Treadmill: Variable speed and incline promotes increased weight bearing and appropriate limb placement by retraining gait patterns. Treadmill therapy improves limb strength and cardiovascular conditioning in recovering, overweight and geriatric patients.

  • Dog Specific Inclined Treadmill

How Can Rehabilitation Help Your Pet?

  • Post-Op Orthopedic: Encourage limb use and weight bearing, muscle strengthening, promote joint health, expedite recovery and return to function
    • Cranial Cruciate Injuries, Fracture Repairs, Femoral Head Osectomy (FHO), Patella Luxation Repairs
  • Pre-Operative “PREHAB”: Improve strength and joint health prior to surgical fixation, thereby promoting optimal recovery post-operatively
    • Cranial Cruciate Injuries, Femoral Head Osectomy (Hip Dysplasia), Patella Luxations
  • Nonsurgical Orthopaedic Conditions: Promote pain management and joint health to improve daily functioning and mobility. Maintain muscle mass and encourage appropriate limb use.
    • Conservative Management of Cruciate Disease, Hip Dysplasia, Mild Patella Luxations
  • Soft Tissue Conditions: Promote pain management and appropriate healing of muscle and scar tissue. Maintaining flexibility of affected area and preventing muscle/ joint contractures. Management of myofascial trigger points by use of manual therapy and modalities.
    • Iliopsoas Strains/ Tears, Quadriceps Contractures, Biceps Tenosynovitis, Achilles Tendon/ Other Tendonopathies (secondary injuries from compensatory changes)
  • Neurological Conditions: Promote neuromuscular re-education and strengthening to improve mobility and coordination. Manage neurological and orthopaedic pain and dysfunction. Client education regarding nursing care and mobility aids
    • Surgical and non-surgical spinal injury/disc disease: Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Fibrocartilage Embolism; Vestibular Disease, Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Arthritis and Geriatrics/ Palliative Care Programs: Multimodal approach to arthritis including pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical options to improve quality of life and mobility. Management of pain and joint health associated with arthritis and co-morbidities. Supportive care guidance including mobility aids, nursing care, household adjustments, nutrition, etc.
  • Obesity and Weight Loss Programs: Provide individualized nutrition guidelines to promote ideal weight. Enhance exercise regimen with front/hind limb and core strengthening exercises to improve physical fitness.
  • Conditioning and Fitness Programs: Maintenance of whole body strength, promote cardiovascular health and endurance. Job/task specific therapeutic exercise and training.
    • Agility/Sporting Dogs, Working Dogs, House Pets

Help Your Pet Along Their Road to Recovery

If you have any questions regarding the rehabilitation for your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-247- VETS (8387)

416-247-VETS (8387)