Frequently Asked Questions About Rehabilitation



What is animal physical rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is a branch of veterinary medicine aimed to enhance or restore function, mobility, and quality of life to your pet. Our hospital provides an integrated and multi-modal approach to therapy to create a program that is designed specifically for your pet and his/her lifestyle. It combines therapeutic land exercises, massage, stretch, at home exercises, activity modification, and assistive devices to help manage pain, decrease recovery time, and maintain good general health and fitness.  Rehab can be part of a therapy plan for injured patients, but it can also be incorporated into a preventative wellness plan for healthy pets as well.

Who performs animal physical rehabilitation?

In New York State, only veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and assistants, working under the supervision of a veterinarian are licensed to provide physical rehabilitation to your pet.  Upon completion of an animal specific rehabilitation program through the University of Tennessee or the University of Florida, veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians may be recognized with the designation of either a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) or Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) depending on the program attended.

What conditions do we treat? 

  • muscle strain/sprain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cruciate ligament injury
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Chronic pain
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Obesity
  • Patellar luxation
  • Injury prevention
  • Sports conditioning

What modalities are available at Mendon? 

  •  Therapeutic Class IV Laser
  •  Acupuncture
  •  Massage/stretching
  •  Hot/cold therapy
  •  Joint mobilizations
  •  Therapeutic land exercises including:
    • Physioball
    • Cavalettis 
    • Weave poles
    • Balance board