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Stoughton Pet Rehabilitation Services

About Animal Physical Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation has been an integral component of human medicine and surgery for several decades. We now understand the same principles of rehabilitation that apply to humans apply to our companion pets.
Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center offers a wide range of veterinary rehabilitation treatments for pets throughout the area.

Physical rehabilitation adapts human physical therapy techniques to pets, to increase function and mobility of an animal’s joints and muscles. Physical rehabilitation reduces pain, enhances recovery from injury and surgery, slows degenerative diseases and assists in obesity and weight management.

Rehabilitation is extremely useful for orthopedic or neurological problems, weight management issues, pets that have undergone surgery, or pets in need of conditioning. Appointments are also available for healthy animals and working dogs whose owners are seeking ways of keeping their animals fit and preventing future problems.

At Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center in Stoughton, your pet receives complete rehabilitation therapy in a comfortable atmosphere. The treatment modalities we offer include: aquatic therapy in a heated pool and underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser, massage and mobility therapy and therapeutic exercise. Similar to human rehabilitation, our services include a complete medical evaluation specifically tailored to your pet's condition, including home care instructions and education.

Conditions treated include but are not limited to:

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Hydrotherapy for Pets

Heated Pool

After an illness or injury, your pet will recover more quickly and completely with Animotion's rehabilitative care. Our heated pool offers buoyancy, resistance and a graduated entrance, making hydrotherapy a great option for strengthening muscles and building endurance.

Underwater Treadmill

Low-impact walking in our glass-walled, underwater treadmill with variable speeds and resistance jets provides low impact exercise in a reduced gravity environment. This treatment combines heat therapy of warm water with strengthening exercise while eliminating impact and concussion to the joints, which builds muscle and provides cardiovascular conditioning with minimal joint stress. The benefits of underwater treadmill therapy are numerous. It allows dogs to exercise with less pain. Weak, unbalanced and arthritic pets can move around more freely without falling. It allows an earlier return to exercise after surgery. The underwater treadmill can also be used for weight loss.

At Animotion, we filter and use water from our therapy pool in our underwater treadmill to respect the environment by reducing waste and conserving water.

Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is an important part of the rehabilitation process at Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center’s Stoughton, MA facility. Your pet will enjoy greater stability, flexibility, mobility and core strength following guided exercises using physioballs, cavaletti rails, balance boards, weave poles and obstacle courses. The purpose of these exercises is to improve flexibility, muscle strength and mass, improve balance, enhance cardiovascular performance and prevent further injury.

We use various exercises during the rehabilitation process. The types of exercises depend upon the animal's condition and goals of therapy. Types of exercise we use include:

Therapeutic Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage therapy is often incorporated into our therapy for its effects on the health and psychological well-being of your pet.

The benefits of massage include:

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Therapeutic Laser Therapy

A therapeutic laser utilizes specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate healing. Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin and stimulates and accelerates the healing of damaged cells. Therapeutic lasers are painless tools used for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds and other selected conditions and causes no adverse effects on healthy cells.

During each painless treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. It can also accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, reduce scar tissue formation and help the immune system fend off infection. Furthermore, laser therapy can improve circulation and nerve function in certain conditions. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.

What Conditions Does Laser Therapy Treat in Conjunction with Physical Rehabilitation?

Wound healing

Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders such as:

What You and Your Pet Can Expect

Pets typically do not need to be sedated for laser therapy treatments and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting. Most pets do not need to have their fur clipped. Improvement is sometimes seen after the first treatment; however, most pets require several treatments to achieve maximum benefits. Your veterinarian at Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center will recommend a laser treatment plan specific to your pet's condition.

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Acupuncture for Pets

Acupuncture is the use of extremely thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body and has long been one of the most common types of holistic medicine for pets and humans alike. Used for millennia, the treatment is said to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions and help the body heal itself. Acupuncture points contain nerve bundles, clusters of blood vessels and increased numbers of mast cells that release histamine and other chemicals including the body's natural pain killers when stimulated.

At Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center, Doctors Kristen Blumenstock and Kimberly Dinan treat certain cases of arthritis, hip dysplasia, seizure disorders, sprains, keratoconjunctivitis sicca ("dry eye"), lick granulomas, neurological conditions, chronic digestive disorders (such as irritable bowel disorder, diarrhea, and constipation), spinal cord disorders and more with acupuncture. Before treatment the doctor will conduct a thorough examination. This examination often involves an in-depth history of environmental and emotional situations that may be affecting your pet's condition, as well as palpation of certain acupuncture points. Although acupuncture does not replace the use of traditional treatments, it does complement them.

Treatments themselves last anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 minutes, depending on the condition treated and the specific method used. Pets are typically treated once weekly for four to six weeks, but this can vary based on the individual pet's response to the treatment.

Regenerative Medicine and Your Pet

What is Regenerative Medicine?

Regenerative medicine uses the body’s own cells to heal and regenerate damaged tissues in acute and chronic conditions.

Therapies included are:

What can regenerative medicine be used for?

What is Platelet Rich Plasma?

stoughton, ma pet platelet rich plasma therapy

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a highly concentrated blood sample that contains isolated cells (platelets) and the fluid portion of blood (plasma). When used as a therapy, PRP can help regenerate and heal tissues by:

What’s involved with PRP therapy?

If you wish to consider PRP therapy plans, discuss with your veterinarian so that he/she can schedule an office evaluation at Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center. 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.

What results can be expected from PRP therapy?

Many veterinarians have noticed therapeutic effects last between 6-12 months for dogs with mild to moderate osteoarthritis.

What are Stem Cells?

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Stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any type of cell. They can also activate other surround stem cells and recruit additional cell types to aid in wound healing and tissue repair.

What’s involved in Stem Cell therapy?

A small amount of bone marrow is collected from the femur while the dog is under general anesthesia. It is then processed using a specialized system that isolates and concentrates the stem cells. Once the processing is complete, the stem cells are then directly injected into the area of injury. If it is determined that your dog is a candidate for stem cell therapy, the doctors at Animotion Animal Rehabilitation Center can process and inject the stem cells during an office visit.

Seeing results from stem cell therapy?

As with PRP therapy, every dog’s response to therapy will be different. Most veterinarians have noticed that dogs with moderate to severe osteoarthritis will show marked improvement for more than a year with one treatment of stem cells. Follow our recommendations for rehabilitation and follow-up.

For more information about PRP or Stem Cell Therapy, give us a call at (781) 344-1701.