Animal Physical Therapy

Physical therapy for dogs and cats is a useful modality for helping pets to regain their mobility, balance, and strength after surgery or an injury. It is also very useful for athletic pets who are prone to certain injuries and seniors who have old age aches and pains. At The Village Vets Stone Mountain, we are pleased to offer animal physical therapy through our partnership with Shari Sprague, a licensed physical therapist in canine rehabilitation.

Animal Physical Therapy in Stone Mountain
Animal Physical Therapy in Stone Mountain: Dog runnig towards it's trainer

Our Physical Therapy Services

Shari offers a range of services for her patients that all help to rebuild their strength, increase their range of motion and improve their balance. Before developing a treatment plan, you’ll schedule a full consultation with Shari where she’ll take time to fully understand your pet’s issues, their pain points, and more. Some of the services she offers include:

  • Passive range of motion exercises
  • Therapeutic exercises (balance therapy, walking exercises, Cavalletti rails, and more)
  • Heat and cold therapy
  • Joint mobilization
  • And more

Additionally, your pet’s physical therapy program may include laser therapy and other pain management modalities to help reduce their discomfort.

Benefits of Animal Physical Therapy

Cat and dog physical therapy helps pets in a myriad of ways including:

  • Increased range of motion and flexibility
  • Improved gait, muscle mass, and strength
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Prevents further joint damage
  • Improves endurance and cardiovascular health
  • Decreases pain
  • Helps with weight loss in obese pets
  • And more

Conditions Treated with Physical Therapy

  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Arthritis
  • Old age aches and pains
  • Joint injuries
  • CCL rupture
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)
  • Recovery from fracture
  • Neurologic disorders that cause loss of balance or limb function
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Obesity
  • Injury prevention in athletic dogs
  • And more

If you think your pet would benefit from animal physical therapy, please contact us at (770) 717-1650 to schedule a consultation with our physical therapist, Shari!