Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Department was founded on the premise that all patients hopefully will be able to regain the same quality of life they enjoyed prior to a traumatic injury or surgical procedure. It was decided that the best way to achieve this goal was to have the other specialties work in unison with the physical therapy(PT) department. Consulting with the experts in the field of pet rehabilitation, a plan was formulated to acquire the best equipment available to achieve these goals. It was determined, that the three most important pieces of equipment were the hydro-therapy/water treadmill, a gait analyzer treadmill, and a dry treadmill. The goal is that the PT department would supplement the other specialty services offered at LVS. Studies have shown in both in man and animals that patients return to normal gait function and locomotion when physical therapy is incorporated into the recovery process.

The benefits of rehabilitation range from pain and inflammation reduction, reduced swelling, increased range of motion, strength, and mobility. Rehabilitation can help pets from the post-operative orthopedic to neurological patient, and even the overweight or arthritic patient. It is also used to improve endurance of canine athletes.

Learn all about the equipment we use at LVS: Our Physical Therapy Equipment
Large dog on dog treadmill


Some of these conditions may require surgical treatment in conjunction with rehabilitation:

  • Osteoarthritis – increased mobility, range of motion, decreased inflammation and need for medications
  • Obesity – weight loss programs can be designed for each individual
  • Hip dysplasia – builds supporting muscle mass, increased mobility and comfort
  • Muscle injuries – speeds healing, decreases inflammation, prevents scarring, restores normal functional length
  • Back injuries – increased muscle support to prevent reinjury, manage pain
  • Spinal injury/IVDD – decreased spasticity, pain management, earlier ambulation
  • Spondylosis – manage pain, maintain flexibility and strength
  • Arthrodesis – faster adaptation, support of surrounding joints
  • Joint replacements – faster adaptation, improves coordination and strength
  • Fractures – faster recovery, prevents muscle contracture
  • Cruciate injury – speeds and improves recovery, restores extension, decreases inflammation
  • Amputation – adaptation, builds supporting muscles, management of pain
  • Shoulder OCD – increased mobility, strengthening
  • Elbow dysplasia – increased mobility, decreased inflammation, strengthening
  • Joint dislocation – strengthens supporting muscles and ligaments, prevents re-injury
  • Patellar luxation – strengthening of quadriceps, prevents re-injury
  • Tendon injury – increased range of motion and strength, decreased inflammation and scar tissue
  • Peripheral nerve injury – speeds recovery, functional adaptation, manages pain
  • Neuromuscular disease – strengthening, adaptation, pain management
  • Fibro-cartilagenous embolism (FCE) – can hasten recovery, improve coordination
  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM) – helps to maintain muscle function and prolong life
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome – manages pain, maintains strength and function
  • Vestibular disorders – improves balance and coordination, decreases injury


Once your family veterinarian has recommended rehabilitation, contact our office at 954-641-1100 to speak to a coordinator. Typically, we request a copy of your pet’s medical record and radiographs before consultation. We will be happy to coordinate this with your veterinarian.

During the initial examination, we will get an extensive history, and baseline measurements and abilities. We will track the progress throughout the program.