Canine Rehabilitation Services

Canine Surgery & Rehabilitation

Sears Animal Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation is excited to offer our Canine Surgeries and Medical  Therapies to Improve the Lives of your Furry Friends.

Our Treatment Plans are designed by Dr. Bonnie Wesley (Certified in Canine Rehabilitation) that reflects the individual needs of your Canine’s medical condition. Your pet’s therapy will be delivered in a warm and Therapeutic Environment.

When Does My Canine Need Rehabilitation?

  • Post Orthopedic Surgeries
  • Accident or fall
  • Shows signs of favouring one leg
  • Stops showing interest in normal activities

If your pet has any of these signs we recommend you contact our office and book an Initial Canine Rehabilitation Consultation to determine the diagnosis and get your furbaby on a path to recovery.

Canine Pain Management Therapies

What is Included in Initial Rehab Consultation?

  1. This Consultation will be 1 hour in Length
  2. Our Technicians will provide videos/literature about our Rehabilitation Therapies and take you on a  tour of our Hospital.
  3. Dr. Bonnie Wesley will meet with the Pet Owners to  Review Medical History/Digital Radiography and discuss the current concern.
  4. A complete Physical Examination is performed to assess your Canine’s health, movement, spinal and joint function, physical abilities and overall strength.
  5. Canine Stance Analyzer test is performed to Assess  Lameness and help Identify Problem Areas
  6. Mobility Measurements will be taken and charted for future assessments
  7. Dr. Bonnie Wesley may request additional Diagnostic Tests that may include Digital Radiography, MSK Ultrasound, Blood Work and Urinalysis to arrive at a complete Diagnosis.
  8. Dr. Bonnie will provide At Home Exercise to begin Treatment and may begin Therapies such as Cold Compression, Acupuncture, Hydrotherapy and Therapeutic Laser Therapy.
  9. A Recommended Diet may be provided depending on your Canine’s medical condition.

Referrals are Welcome from Animal Hospitals

Pet Owners May Book an Appointment without a Referral.

Most Common Treatment Plans

1) Canine Conservative Management (No Surgery)

  • Our goal is to strengthen the ligaments/muscles to allow your Canine to regain mobility and live a pain-free life.

2) Canine Pre Surgery

  • Our plan is to strengthen the ligaments/muscles before surgery to allow for a faster post-surgery recovery.  

“All our Canine Surgeries may Include Pre Surgery if recommended by Dr. Bonnie”

3) Canine Surgery and Rehabilitation

Sears Animal Hospital offers surgeries performed by highly-trained professionals to deliver the safest and most effective procedures.

Orthopedic Surgeries Include:

  • Cruciate Surgeries
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advanced(TTA)
  • Medially Luxating Patella
  • Femoral Head and Neck Excision

Sears Animal Hospital & Pet Rehabilitation has a Post-Operative Pain Management Plan to minimize discomfort and provides Hospitalization and Care.

We are able to take the necessary steps to ensure your Pet is not in Pain or Discomfort Before, During and After any Surgical Procedure by administering and monitoring General Anesthesia throughout the procedure. Through the use of proper Anesthetic Depth, Pain Medication and Laser Therapy.  

4) Canine Post Surgery

Your Canine’s Treatment Plan is uniquely designed and will reflect the agreed upon goals discussed in your Initial Canine Rehabilitation Consultation.  

  • Our plan is to strengthen the muscles Post Surgery to allow your Canine to regain mobility and live a pain-free life.
  • Ensure your Canine maintains a healthy weight and essential nutrients for a complete recovery.
  • Monitor Healing of Ligaments and Muscles with MSK Ultrasound
  • Assess improvements in Mobility with Monthly Stance Analyzer Test

Our Treatment Plan begins with Dr. Bonnie Wesley performing a detailed examination of 1 hour that includes an assessment of your Canine’s health, movement, spinal and joint function, physical abilities and overall strength.

Canines begin to notice an improvement around 6 weeks and a complete evaluation of progress at 10 weeks.

Referrals are Welcome from Animal Hospitals

Pet Owners May Book an Appointment without a Referral.

Regenerative Medicine Therapy

What is  Regenerative Medicine?

  • Regenerative Medicine utilizes the body’s own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissues in acute and chronic conditions.

Therapies Included are:

  • Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP)
  • Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate(BMAC) Stem Cells

Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP) is a Highly Concentrated blood sample that contains isolated cells (Platelets) and fluid portion of the blood (Plasma).

When used as a Therapy, PRP can help Regenerate and Heal Tissues by:

  • Recruiting cells to an area of injury to clean up dead and injured cells
  • Release proteins called “Growth Factors” which are responsible for Tissue Regeneration

What is Involved with PRP Therapy?      

Our Veterinarians may recommend PRP as a Therapy for your Pet that can be Processed and Treated during an Exam.

  • A small amount of blood is taken from your dog and is processed using a specialized system that concentrates the platelets and the plasma.

Once the PRP processing is complete, it is Injected directly into the Area of Injury.

Seeing Results from PRP Therapy?      

  • Therapeutic effects last between 6-12 months for dogs with mild to moderate Osteoarthritis.

What are Stem Cells?

Stem Cells have the ability to differentiate into any type of cell.

They Can also activate other surrounding stem cells and recruit additional cell types to aid in:

  • Wound Healing
  • Tissue Repair

What is Involved in Stem Cell Therapy?      

Our Veterinarians may determine after completing a Physical Exam and Diagnostic Tests that your Canine is a candidate for Stem Cell Therapy.

  • A small amount of Bone Marrow is collected from the femur while your dog and is under general anesthesia.
  • The Bone Marrow is processed using a specialized system that isolates and concentrates the stem cells.

Once the processing is complete, the Stem Cells are Injected directly into the Area


Hydrotherapy/Underwater Treadmill

Our Team utilizes an Underwater Treadmill as a Proven and Effective Therapy to assist your pet in returning to their Normal Strength Quickly and Safely.  

The Underwater Treadmill uses the Warm Water to Soothe and Ease Pain and Discomfort

Features Include:

  • Therapeutic Massage with Integrated Resistance Jets
    • These resistance jets come with various levels of water pressure and offer the option to configure in multiple directions.
  • Variable Speed Motor
    • Oasis ‘PRO’ – goes from Speeds of 0.25 mp/h .(40 km/h to) 9 mph/ (14.48 km/h)
    • Very Critical features as these allow the Pet Patient to have Gradual improvements
    • Speed Changes are Tailored to each Individualized Treatment
    • The Advanced Speed of 9mph/(14.48km)/ enhances Sports Performance
  • Varying Water Depths
    • Helps to provide more support when needed
    • Increases/Decreases Resistance with your pets changing needs
    • Adjusts to the Height of your Pet
    • Ensures Individualised Therapy

How does it WORK?

Water has a natural property called ‘buoyancy’.

Hydrotherapy uses this property of water to its maximum potential and provides a Low Impact, Soothing Workout to ‘Pet Patients’.

What is Hydrotherapy?

Hydrotherapy is defined as ‘the use of Water to achieve Therapeutic Benefit and Relaxation’.


Acupuncture for Dogs

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

  • Acupuncture is an Ancient Medicine that has been around for centuries.  
  • It involves the Insertion of Small, Sterile Needles into specific Acupuncture Points to Stimulate Nerves, Endorphin Release and Blood Flow
  • The Treatment is Safe and is an Excellent Complement with Western Veterinary Medicine to aid in Rehabilitation Therapy and Pain Management

Did you know?

  • Veterinary Acupuncture Activates the Release of the Hormone Serotonin, into your Pet’s body that will Reduce Pain.

There are over 300 acupuncture points on a dog! 


Laser Therapy

Therapeutic Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy?

  • Laser Therapy is the use of Specific Wavelengths of Light to Treat Painful and Debilitating Conditions.

How Does it Work?

  • Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity.
  • This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells.
  • Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.

Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy

  • Relief of Chronic Pain, such as Arthritis
  • Relief of Acute Pain, such as Trauma or Injury
  • Strong Anti-Inflammatory effect
  • Stimulates Healing of Damaged Tissue
  • Speeds Recovery of the Structural Integrity of Injured Region
  • Improvement of Local Blood Circulation
  • Postoperative Pain Relief and Faster Wound Healing

Canine Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Our Program Helps your Pet regain Functional Ability of a Limb, Recover from Surgery or Reduce and Maintain a Healthy  Weight

We use an effective variety of Physical Therapies that Include:

  • Treadmill
  • In Hospital Rehabilitation Therapies
  • At Home Exercise Plan

We will Create an Exercise Regime specific to your Pet’s Needs

The Therapy will focus on Improving the following:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Range of Motion
  • Balance
  • Endurance

Canine Stance Analyzer

Stance Analyzer

The Stance Analyzer provides

  • Non-Invasive, Pain-Free Diagnostic Test to help identify a variety of conditions
  • Can be an asset in Monitoring Existing Treatment Plans for Improvement

Whether your pet is Recovering from Trauma or Injury, Showing Possible Lameness, or simply ageing, your companion can benefit from this innovative approach to identifying potential mobility issues.

The Stance Analyzer Provides the Best Care

  • Early Detection of Mobility Issues that may be Hard to Identify Visually
  • Assess Lameness helps to Identify Problem Areas
  • Evaluates Treatment Effectiveness
  • Progress of  Orthopedic Conditions
  • Printable Graph of Progress Over Time

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Balanced Approach

We encourage a balanced approach with all our Canine Rehabilitation Patients that include:

  • Monitored Diet
  • Home Exercise Program
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Alternative Therapies

Our Treatment Programs are Designed to

Decrease Pain, Promote Mobility and Increase the Quality Life

Our Hospital is equipped with In-House Pharmacy and the following  Modern Diagnostic Equipment to ensure your loved one has the best care possible.

  • Veterinary In-House Laboratory
  • Low Radiation Digital X-Ray    
  • Dental Digital X-Ray
  • Modern Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • IV Pumps
  • Anesthetic Equipment
  • Regenerative Medicine In-House Laboratory
  • Underwater Treadmill
  • Therapeutic Laser

Have Any Questions?

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