Your Pet’s Quality of Life Can Be Improved

If your pet has a medical condition that makes it difficult to carry out everyday activities such as walking, running, or climbing stairs, can physical rehabilitation really improve their quality of life?

The answer is a definite yes!

Just as with humans, a professionally designed and supervised program of physical therapy can help your pet regain optimal function and return to the activities they enjoy most. Whether  your pet has been injured, undergone surgery, or is dealing with the effects of aging or being  overweight, rehabilitation has been shown to:

  • Improve muscle strength, coordination, and agility
  • Help your pet recover from surgery
  • Improve range of motion of the joints and limbs
  • Help manage pain
  • Reduce the risk of injury due to deconditioning
  • Promote physical and mental well-being

This is why we’ve built a spacious, well-appointed Rehabilitation Center. It’s the only facility in the area with a custom-designed, full-size therapy pool with a ramp for safe, easy access. 

You’re welcome to attend rehabilitation sessions and observe your pet’s therapy in action at any time.

Plus, our director of rehabilitation has impressive credentials. She’s a veterinarian and certified canine rehabilitation therapist. She evaluates each pet’s condition, develops a customized plan designed to achieve the best results, and oversees its implementation.

The Conditions We See That Can Benefit from Rehabilitation

Veterinary rehabilitation can be helpful for pets with a wide range of conditions that affect their  physical abilities, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Orthopedic conditions both pre and post operatively
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Increasing difficulty with daily activities due to age or inactivity/deconditioning

The rehabilitation services Guardian Veterinary Specialists provides

After a comprehensive initial evaluation, our rehabilitation expert will develop a plan of care tailored to your pet’s unique needs. This plan may include:

  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercise for improving range of motion, strength, coordination and balance
  • Manual therapy (massage, stretching, joint and/or soft tissue mobilization)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Measuring and fitting for assistive devices like wheelchairs and orthotics
  • Cold laser treatment
  • Electrical stimulation to help with pain relief
  • Myofascial release

Also, as a pet owner, you’re given a home exercise program and written instructions to help you help your pet achieve the most successful outcome.

Can your pet benefit from rehab? Yes! Our Director of Rehabilitation explains the benefits:  

Do pet owners appreciate our rehab program? Yes! A client explains the benefits. 

Our Locations

Guardian Veterinary Specialists
24/7 Emergency and Specialty Care
Guardian Veterinary Emergency Orange County
Night, Weekend & Holiday Emergency Care
Mon 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Tue 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Wed 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Thu 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Fri 6:00 PM – Monday 7:00 AM
Sat 24 hours
Sun 24 hours
Holiday 24 hours
Armory Dog & Cat Hospital

Routine Health Care & Emergency Services

Mon 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tue 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun Closed