IMPORTANT NOTICE! As of May 13th, 2020, we have temporarily suspended Physical Therapy Services at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska. We are currently working to find a solution to open appointments back up, check back for more updates!
In the meantime we recommend physical therapy patients go to:
Gone to the Dogs Canine Rehabilitation
- Laurie Cramer, PT
- Doctor Referral Required
- Appointments available : Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: dogrepair.com
Physical rehabilitation (PR) helps pets return to their best possible level of activity. (This is analogous to “physical therapy” in people, but due to legal requirements, the phrase “physical therapy” can only be applied to people) It allows the post-surgical patient to heal and return to normal function faster and ambulate with less discomfort as compared to pets that do not undergo physical rehabilitation.
Physical conditioning helps canine athletes, including dogs used for agility, mushing or hunting. These athletes can be trained without high impact stress during the off-season. Arthritic, geriatric and obese patients also benefit greatly from exercise without high impact stress on their bones and joints.
Patients who would benefit from PR include pets that undergo a surgical procedure of the stifle (knee), fracture repairs, hip replacements, or surgery for a slipped disk. Overweight pets benefit tremendously from participation in a personalized weight control program combined with exercising in our underwater treadmill. We also help paralyzed pets . Many of these patients benefit from being fitted with a specially designed wheelchair for dogs. Educating owners on how these special pets can enjoy a good quality of life at home is key.