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BRETON VILLAGE ANIMAL CLINIC

1852 Breton Road SE
Grand Rapids, Mich. 49506

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Cascade Hospital for Animals

6730 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Michigan Veterinary Rehabilitation services provides individualized rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine companions. Our caring team will help your dog to feel stronger, move better and get back into the game of life.

All services are provided by a Certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA) and overseen by a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT). Our facility features a padded exercise area with Cavaletti, fitness balls and other exercise equipment, cold laser therapy for pain relief and wound/tissue healing, and an underwater treadmill.
Dogs that may benefit from our canine rehab department’s services include those that:

Are recovering from or are about to undergo planned orthopedic surgery
Suffer from hip or elbow dysplasia
Are overweight
Have arthritis or lameness related to old age
Compete in dog shows, obedience, hunting or other sports and could use a competitive edge
Need more exercise than what their owners can provide, especially during the winter months

Michigan Veterinary Rehabilitation can help get your dog back in the game, whether that game is casual neighborhood walks, playing fetch in the backyard, or competition in dog sports such as field trials or agility.

Underwater treadmill

The underwater treadmill utilizes the properties of water to optimize rehabilitation and conditioning sessions based on the individual needs of the dog. Variables can be adjusted to emphasize protected weight bearing to an injured or postoperative limb, or to focus on strengthening, range of motion or cardiovascular endurance.

Benefits of exercising via the underwater treadmill include:

Buoyancy:
Decreases weight bearing to sore or injured limbs and will allow earlier use of limb in dogs that have had surgery.
Allows weak dogs to exercise in an upright position
Resistance of water:
Helps to strengthen muscle
Improves cardiovascular fitness
Provides stability for weak or unstable limbs
Hydrostatic pressure:
Helps reduce swelling in the joints
May allow movement with less pain in arthritic or painful limbs

Therapeutic Laser

Laser Therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain.

Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless and fast. Treatments to deeper tissues are administered in 5 to 10 minutes. Typically, even chronic patients exhibit improvement after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. Laser therapy utilizes the body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.