Rehabilitation Therapy At The Honolulu Pet Clinic
The use of physical rehabilitation for pets is increasing as more people recognize the value of integrated and physical medicine for their own health as well as for the health of their beloved cats and dogs. Rehabilitation for animals is similar to physical therapy in humans, with goals of decreasing pain, enhancing function, increasing rates of recovery, and improving quality of life. Treatments use a variety of non-invasive techniques to achieve these goals. Techniques include therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, acupuncture, laser therapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, weight management, medications and supplements. Physical rehabilitation can also be beneficial for geriatric or post-operative patients, and can address a wide range of neurological and orthopedic diagnoses.
Is Rehabilitation Only For Dogs?
No! Cats are wonderful candidates for physical rehabilitation, for all the same reasons listed above for dogs. We understand how difficult it can be for cats (and therefore their parents!) to make trips to the vet. Please ask us for tips on how to make it easier to bring your cat to see us. In addition, our staff is very experienced with safe and gentle cat-handling to minimize the stress to your pet. Our goal is that your cat’s physical rehabilitation will be so beneficial to their quality of life that you and your cat will be happy you came in. Some modalities like acupuncture and laser can be used on small mammals including rabbits and guinea pigs.
How Long Are The Sessions, And How Much Do They Cost?
An initial assessment is required to evaluate your pet with a thorough medical history review, a comprehensive neurologic and orthopedic exam, initial treatment, and development of a treatment plan and home exercise program. It runs 60 minutes and costs $150.
Follow-up treatments are dependent on the goals of you and your pet. They range from 30-60 minutes and cost $75-$120 based on the time dedicated to your pet. Length of treatment is determined by extent of injury, location of treatment, and involvement of therapies.
Schedule An Appointment With The Honolulu Pet Clinic Today!
Dr. Meghan Barrett performs rehabilitation for companion animals at The Honolulu Pet Clinic. To contact us for more information, please call 808-593-9336. We look forward to hearing from you!