Central Illinois Small Animal Rehabilitation Center, located inside Pekin Veterinary Clinic, offers a range of physical therapy and rehabilitation services to help cats and dogs in the Peoria area live a healthier, happier life.
Treatment & Therapy for Pets
Throughout your pet's stay at our rehabilitation facility, they will receive targeted therapy and treatment in a relaxed and comfortable environment, with advanced therapeutic aids.
From manual therapeutic techniques to low-impact aquatic therapy, we are fully equipped to create a customized treatment program tailored to your pet's condition and requirements.
We will assess your pet's condition, then determine the best therapies based on their specific capabilities and requirements.
What to Expect During Treatment & Therapy
Our experienced therapy and rehabilitation teams can develop a comprehensive custom therapeutic treatment program for your pet, geared to his or her needs. Therapy may include a combination of techniques, exercises, and more.
Treatment & Therapy Options
A customized physical rehabilitation program can involve a number of therapeutic techniques, including:
- Therapeutic Physical Exercise
Therapeutic physical exercise is the foundation of any great physical rehabilitation program.
Numerous physical exercises are appropriate for a plethora of conditions and can offer many benefits for your pet. With targeted physical exercises, we can:
- Improve cartilage and ligament health
- Improve muscle mass and strength
- Prevent or reverse osteoporosis
- Increase circulation
- Decrease pain
- Reduce obesity
- Improve function and mobility
- Improve flexibility and range of motion
- Improve balance and senses
- Increase endurance and stamina
- Aquatic Therapy
We can help improve your pet's range of motion, endurance, and strength with low-impact aquatic therapy.
The buoyancy properties of water minimize weight-bearing stress to the joints. This helps prevent tissue inflammation, injuries, and pain.
Aquatic therapy is appropriate for:
- Osteoarthritic patients
- Post-operative orthopedic procedures
- Neurological conditions
- Overweight patients
Our heated underwater treadmill system with hydro jets promotes controlled weight-bearing by varying water levels. This is especially effective for osteoarthritis and weaknesses related to neurological conditions.
- Manual Techniques
Passive range of motion, joint mobilization, and stretches can all be categorized as manual techniques.
These are all important components of any rehabilitation program, as they can help to increase circulation, alleviate pain, improve tissue extensibility, and promote relaxation.
- Hot/Cold Therapy
In addition to other treatments, we use superficial hot and cold applications.
Hot or cold therapeutic aids are often applied before or after exercise to increase tissue extensibility.
They can also promote relaxation, increase circulation, minimize inflammation, and relieve pain.
- Low-Level Laser Therapy
Drug-free, non-invasive veterinary laser therapy is frequently used with rehab patients to increase tensile strength, quality, and speed of tissue repair. Cold (low-level) lasers can also help to reduce pain and inflammation.
This safe, effective and precise pet laser therapy can be used to treat numerous conditions such as post-operative conditions, arthritis, wounds, and soft-tissue injuries.
- Therapeutic Ultrasound
Therapeutic ultrasound can improve your pet's mobility and promote soft tissue health. It reduces scar tissue and enhances repair to bone structure by providing thermal and non-thermal mechanical stimulation.
This promotes healing of tissue (muscles, tendons, joint capsules, ligaments) and bones.
During the ultrasound, a pulsed or continuous sound wave can be applied using varied heads to determine the depth of sound wave penetration. Depending on the tissue and condition, the intensity of the treatment may also be adjusted.
Several conditions respond well to this treatment, including:
- Muscle contracture
- Muscle strains
- Calcified tendons
- Fracture healing
- Ligament sprains
- Chronic synovitis
Using a microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulator, we use a very specific, small wavelength of electricity to treat pain and slow macular degeneration. This type of therapy has a cumulative effect, and studies have shown that many patients feel that pain is alleviated long-term with regular treatments.
Micro-stimulation can be used to treat pain disorders, neurological dysfunction, sprains, spasms and strains, and post-operative pain and scars.
- Myofascial Release
A breakdown of the fascia (connective tissue surrounding the bones, muscles, nerves, organs and blood vessels in your pet's body) can happen as a result of inflammation, posture or trauma. This can create abnormal pressure on these areas.
While "myo" refers to muscle, "release" is known as the easing of restrictions. By using a gentlem non-invasive technique called myofascial release, we can ease and alleviate pain within your pet's body.
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Using Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), we can decrease pain and inflammation and increase the rate of tissue repair and regeneration. This form of therapy has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration to heal bone fractures.
Used in conjunction with rehabilitation sessions, PEMF can assist in pain management and leave your pet feeling better.
Treatment & Therapy FAQs
Read our most frequently asked questions about treatment and therapy for pets, or contact us to ask a different question.
- How is Central Illinois Small Animal Rehabilitation Center affiliated with Pekin Veterinary Clinic?
We are a complimentary medical facility, communicating closely with your primary care veterinarian on your pet’s needs and progress.
Our staff assesses your pet and customizes a treatment plan based on age, physical condition, type of injury, and your goals as an owner for your pet’s care. To accomplish our mutual treatment goals we use cutting-edge technology and the most current innovations mentioned under Treatment & Therapy Options.
- Why does my pet need physical therapy?
Whether your pet has been impacted by trauma, injury, surgery, chronic pain, a neurological condition, or other circumstance, physical therapy is an essential element in their recovery.
With a custom rehabilitation and therapeutic program, we can focus on pain management and prioritizing his or her overall health while reaching your pet's goals. These may include building or improving balance and coordination, stamina, and endurance.
All of these are conducive to healing, with the goal of ensuring your pet gets back to feeling their best, and that they are able to spend many more years with you.
- What conditions can physical therapy be used to treat?
Physical therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions your pet may have, such as:
- Recovery after major surgery (hip surgery, cruciate repair, limb amputation, etc.)
- Neurological injuries, including disc disease (IVDD), fibrocartilagenous emboli, degenerative myelopathy, and nerve paralysis
- Spinal injuries
- Muscle contractions
- Soft tissue injuries
- Chronic pain and arthritis
Some therapies, such as fitness programs, athletic conditioning, and maintenance programs, can also be used to encourage continued wellness
- Who will be working with my pet?
Dr. Joel Jess is our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner at Pekin Veterinary Clinic. He is highly trained in working with animals, controlling pain and promoting mobility.
He helps your four-legged friends maintain the highest possible quality of life through both rehabilitative techniques and traditional medicine. Dr. Jess can often be found in our Rehabilitation Center.
In addition, our staff includes trained Licensed Veterinary Technicians selected for their compassion and dedication to the well-being of our patients.
- How long will my pet need to attend physical therapy?
Based on your pet's condition, and an assessment from our experienced veterinarians and therapy team, we can determine your pet's unique therapeutic requirements, including the duration of their customized treatment program.
- What can I do at home to achieve the best results possible from physical therapy?
Depending on your pet's condition and requirements, at-home exercises may help promote healing and progress in physical therapy.
Where appropriate, we develop customized at-home exercise programs to maximize progress. We design appropriate weight management and diet plans to complement treatments. Our highly skilled treatment team offers an integrative approach to animal rehabilitation.
Always consult your veterinarian and/or therapy team on if and when at-home exercises should be part of your pet's treatment, and which ones would be helpful.