Will be scheduled with one of our certified rehab therapists. These appointments typically take 60-90 minutes, depending on how many issues the patient has. The therapist will go over your pet from head to tail and do thorough assessments of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems.
Once they have identified all of your pet’s issues, they will discuss your rehab goals with you, form a treatment plan and provide your pet’s first treatment.
Will be scheduled with one of our certified rehab therapists. These appointments typically take 20-30 minutes and involve a brief exam (sometimes with rechecking of measurements), multiple treatment modalities and a therapeutic exercise session (depending on the patient).
Will be scheduled with one of our certified rehab therapists and are for older dogs and cats that meet a specific set of criteria for admission into our SENIOR CARE PROGRAM (to be determined by your therapist).
It is typically 45-60 mins. long and follow-up appointments are 20- 25 mins. in length. The therapist will go over your pet from head to tail and assess the musculoskeletal and neurological systems.
Once they have identified all of your pet’s issues, they will discuss your rehab goals with you and provide your pet’s first treatment.
Will be scheduled with our trained assistants and will consist of LASER treatment only. These appointments are less than 15 mins in length. Time permitting, the assistant may do a few exercises in the gym with your pet. Assistants are not qualified to comment on your pet’s condition or to assess any changes. If you have any concerns, would like any measurements repeated or need to speak with a therapist, you will need to schedule a FOLLOW-UP REHAB appointment.
This appointment type is for those patients still needing to build strength and muscle following injury/surgery but no longer in need of pain relief or tissue healing modalities. They are scheduled with our fitness counsellor and are 15-30 mins. long, depending on the pet’s stamina. Clients may choose to observe these appointments but do not have to be present.
Will be scheduled with our certified fitness and nutrition counsellor. Nutrition only consults can be done by phone/email however, we do recommend combining nutrition with fitness. Weight loss programs will be more successful if you are coming in for regular measurements, weigh-ins and exercise. Our counsellor will discuss your goals for weight loss and/or conditioning with you and formulate an individualized feeding and/or exercise program for your dog/cat to achieve those goals.
A qualified staff member will take your dog into the pool to work on strengthening and movement. This may be done as part of a regular follow-up appointment or as a stand-alone treatment, depending on what your therapist prescribes.
A certified massage therapist will give your pet a full body massage, paying special attention to any problem areas. Appointments are typically 30 mins. but can be made longer, if necessary.
For custom braces, as cast must be made of the limb/joint to be braced so that it fits your dog/cat properly. Our trained staff will do the initial casting for you. When the finished brace arrives, we will schedule an appointment for our staff to fit the brace on your dog and make any minor adjustments necessary to ensure a proper and comfortable fit.
We carry adjustable wheelchairs from Handicapped Pets which can be rented or purchased. You can choose to fit it yourself or have our trained staff members do it for you.
Treatments Available for Pain and Healing:
This is a collection of techniques used to increase range of motion in joints, increase production of joint fluid, reduce pain in joints, relieve muscle spasms, and return functional mobility to joints. It can be used on all joints in the body, including the spine, and involves gentle mobilizations, compressions and occasional manipulations.
LASER uses infrared light to reach deeper tissues and stimulate damaged and inflamed cells to heal faster and more effectively. It also causes the release of natural pain killers in the treated tissues. It is used for post-surgical pain and inflammation, sprains and strains, ligament and tendon injuries, and chronic joint pain.
This form of therapy involves careful placement of tiny needles at specific trigger points and reduces pain by stimulating the release of endorphins. It is used in many conditions for pain relief and often in conjunction with other modalities and exercises.
Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate deeper into tissues to increase the blood supply to the injured area and decrease inflammation. Certain settings also provide heat therapy to deeper tissues, which helps to improve muscle flexibility/stretching. It is effective in acute soft tissue injuries, chronic inflammation, scar tissue adhesions, muscle injuries/contractures, hematomas (bruising), tendonitis, and ligament injuries.
Electrical stimulation of muscle fibres is used to cause the target muscle to contract in order to increase its strength and to maintain some level of function in a limb that is not being used. This is used in severe cases of muscle wasting due to injury or prolonged non-use of a limb to rebuild the muscle so it can be useful again. E-stim is useful for retraining muscles with severe nerve damage resulting in little to no natural stimulation of the tissue. It can also be used to reduce edema (swelling due to fluid build up) in immobile limbs.
Like E-stim, TENS is a form of electrical current that is passed through the target tissue to stimulate the release of endorphins for pain relief. It does not result in a muscle contraction. This form of treatment is excellent for chronic pain conditions, especially in the spine.
A variety of techniques where the soft tissues of the body are kneaded, rubbed, tapped, and stroked to help relieve muscle tension, stress and pain, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation.
An individual exercise program will be developed for your pet. Exercises will be given to target individual muscles or muscle groups to improve strength and co-ordination of the muscles. Exercises will improve the weight-bearing ability of your dog post-surgery or post-injury, facilitating its return to normal activities.
Pricing (HST not included)
“The Centre” is excited to have an 18’x10’x4’ above-ground, lion-tested pool which can be used for multiple purposes. Our rehab patients who will benefit from hydrotherapy will be treated in the pool with a therapist at their side. Fitness patients will be able to schedule pool time to swim at their leisure. The pool can also be rented for parties and team/group swims.
1. No pet owners in the pool.
2. Sorry, but your pet can’t swim if it has a skin infection, urinary tract infection, diarrhea, or incontinence.
3. Dogs must be clean before they get in the pool (if you forget to do it before you come in, we have a shower station for you). If your dog is shedding, please brush thoroughly before swimming.
4. ALL dogs must be evaluated to make sure that they are safe to swim before they use the pool.
5. Please, make sure your pet has relieved itself outside prior to swimming. If your pet has an “accident” in the pool room, please inform a staff member immediately so that it can be cleaned properly.
6. Do not allow your dog to run up and down the ramp once it is wet. Dogs should be kept confined to the pool/upper deck until you are ready to leave.