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Customized Physical Therapy Services to Maintain Your Pet's Mobility

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At Ferstl Veterinary Hospital, we believe that physical therapy is an essential part of the healing process. Whether your pet has undergone surgery or is experiencing mobility issues due to aging or injury, our physical therapy services can help improve their quality of life and overall well-being.

We customize our physical therapy services to the individual needs of each pet. Before beginning physical therapy, our veterinary team will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the best course of treatment.

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How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Your Pet

Veterinary physical therapy can benefit your pet’s wellness and quality of life by:

  • Improving the range of motion in the limbs to help your pet move more freely and comfortably.
  • Reducing lameness and discomfort by improving joint and ligament mobility.
  • Improving the use of limbs and muscles for better ability to move and perform activities.
  • Improving strength and increasing muscle mass for better stamina and agility.
  • Improving overall daily functioning for increased energy and quality of life.
  • Reducing pain and discomfort to your pet to lead a healthier, more comfortable lifestyle.

How Physical Therapy Can Benefit Your Pet

  • ACL ligament tendon/disc tendon issues
  • Weight management with hydrotherapy 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic
  • Strains
  • Dislocations
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Impaired motion
  • Recovery from fracture repair
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)
  • Post-surgical conditioning
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury (medical and post-operative recovery)
  • Weight management
  • Arthritis management
Physical Therapy

The following techniques are often used in veterinary physical therapy:

  • Range of motion exercises. Range of motion exercises are used to help improve flexibility and mobility in pets. These exercises can reduce stiffness, improve joint health, and help prevent future injuries.
  • Massage therapy. Massage therapy can reduce pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. Areas of tension are identified and targeted, and massage therapy techniques are applied to help relieve discomfort and improve mobility.
  • Hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is an excellent way to improve mobility and promote healing.
  • Laser therapy. Laser therapy is a non-invasive therapy that uses light energy to promote healing and reduce pain in pets. This therapy can treat a range of medical conditions, including soft tissue injuries and arthritis.

Call us at (989) 871-3521 to learn more about physical therapy or schedule an appointment. Our sister practice, 4 Paws Veterinary Clinic in Vassar, Michigan, also offers physical therapy services, including water therapy and pain management.