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Regarding veterinary medicine, rehabilitation therapy is crucial in helping animals recover from injuries and surgeries. While similar to physical therapy in humans, it considers animals' unique anatomy and the intense pressures their joints, bones, tendons, and muscles can endure. Developing tailored rehabilitation programs requires close collaboration between veterinary rehabilitation professionals and your pet's veterinarian. Rest and control activity is vital after surgery or injury, but prolonged inactivity can lead to muscle atrophy. Therefore, structured activity is essential for the healing process. We specialise in post-op rehab at Head to Tails Pet Rehabilitation in Winnipeg. Contact us to provide your furry friends with the care they deserve.


Read below to find out more about post-op rehab therapy:

  • Alleviating inflammation and pain: Our techniques and treatments reduce inflammation and post-surgical pain.

  • Encouraging early weight bearing: We facilitate transitioning to weight-bearing activities, promoting a quicker return to normal mobility.

  • Strengthening supporting tissues: Through targeted exercises and therapies, we help strengthen supporting tissues surrounding surgical sites, enhancing overall stability.

  • Relieving muscle and back pain: By addressing compensatory muscle issues, myofascial discomfort, and back pain, we ensure your pet's utmost comfort and well-being.

  • Mental stimulation: Our rehabilitation programs engage pets with restricted activity, providing mental stimulation and preventing boredom during recovery.

  • Enhancing coordination and balance: We focus on improving coordination and balance, helping your pet regain agility and mobility.

  • Strengthening: Our tailored exercises reverse muscle atrophy, restoring strength and function to affected muscles.

  • Promoting weight loss (if needed): We design appropriate exercises and dietary plans to facilitate weight loss when necessary, ensuring a healthy and active lifestyle.

  • Structured home exercise program: We provide a structured home exercise program, empowering you to contribute to your pet's recovery at home.

  • Safe return to function: Our expertise and guidance facilitates your furry friends safe and faster return to normal function.

Contact us at Head to Tails Pet Rehabilitation in Winnipeg to give your pets the exceptional post-operative care they deserve. 

The vet applies a bandage to the injured dog's head


Aquatic Rehabilitation Therapy in Winnipeg

The benefits of aquatic therapy with our underwater treadmill aid post-op recovery, muscle strengthening, and improved gait. Our therapist provide custom fitness programs, while our appointments offer pain relief and relaxation. Contact us for exceptional aquatic therapy.

Class IV Laser Therapy: A Healing Boost for Post-Op Pet Rehab

Harnessing the power of light frequencies, Class IV lasers stimulate mitochondria, promoting ATP for enhanced cellular energy transfer. This effective method aids in decreasing pain and inflammation to promote healing. 

Common conditions which benefit from laser therapy are: 

  • LVDD

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Muscle Strain

  • Joint Inflammation 

  • Tender Injuries

Experience the benefits as pain levels improve, weight-bearing increases and discomfort decreases, helping your furry friends on the road to a swift and comfortable recovery. 

TENS Machine: Effective Pain Relief for Post-Op Pet Rehab

Using low electrical frequencies, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) activates underlying nerves through the skin surface, relieving pain for orthopedic and neurological conditions. Trials have shown improved pain levels and increased weight-bearing in dogs with osteoarthritic pain and significant pain reduction in dogs with spinal arthritis during rest, activity, and touch. 



Contact us today for post-op rehabilitation or aquatic therapy.

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