At SASH, rehabilitation is an important part of our patients’ recovery. Our rehab team works closely with the surgery and medicine departments, beginning soon after diagnosis and surgery to help pets get back on their feet with enrichment filled techniques.
Harnesses and other supportive devices are used to help those who need assistance into the upright position, like spinal or neurological patients, giving them a taste of their former independence and motivates drive to get going again.
After orthopaedic surgery patients usually need to learn to slow down, we teach them some early weight bearing techniques aimed at gradual loading of the affected limb while giving them safe exercises to curb boredom. These techniques are coupled with state of the art active cold compression therapy to help post-surgical swelling and discomfort.
Oncology and geriatric patients benefit from strengthening, stretching and muscle conditioning, through to palliative care that can be taught to owners to carry on at home.
Our rehab team consists of Bec Harvey, Dip Animal Physiotherapy (UK), Canine Myofunctional Therapy, along with Fran Wilcox, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (University of Tennessee). Both are also Veterinary Nurses experienced in pet specific injuries and illnesses. As well as looking after inpatients, ongoing rehabilitation consults are offered after discharge from hospital, as well as an outpatient consulting service for those who have been treated at their regular vet practice.
Advice and fitting is available for harnesses, supportive splints and carts.