f your dog or cat has been injured, West Park Animal Hospital can help with affordable, advanced pet orthopedics and rehab. Based in the West Park area of Cleveland, Ohio, we serve pets and their owners from our neighborhood, North Olmsted, Berea, Rocky River, Lakewood, Fairview Park, and the surrounding towns. Our skilled and experienced team, including Dr. Scott Zielinski, Dr. Kane Henderson, and Dr. Kristen Mierzwiak, are standing by to help your pet recover from its injury.
Our veterinarians have a special interest and are very experienced in some of the most advanced orthopedic procedures for pets. The procedures are paired with the best pain management that veterinary medicine can offer, so we can promise they will remain as comfortable as possible throughout the process. We can help with a range of issues, including:
- Torn tendons and ligaments
- Bone fractures
- Limb amputations
- Hip dysplasia management
- And more.
Pets that need to lose weight or are recovering from a surgery or injury can often benefit from veterinary physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation. Over a series of sessions customized to your companion’s needs, we can help it feel as strong and healthy as before. Your pet’s rehabilitation may include one or more of the following:
An underwater treadmill can provide gentle exercise to help your pet get on its feet. The water relieves some weight and stress from weakened and healing legs, hips, and other areas of the body. Meanwhile, the warm water helps your pet relax, eases pain, and increases blood flow to encourage a faster recovery.
A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is an innovative approach to pain relief. This battery-operated device delivers small electrical impulses to a pet’s skin, disrupting pain signals, and encouraging calming hormones. Most pet owners opt for this form of therapy after weight loss or for rehab following orthopedic surgery.
Also known as soft tissue mobilization, massage therapy is a valuable means of helping pets recover. By firmly working the soft tissue around an injury, our doctors can prevent the formation of scar tissue and prevent stiffness after a strain or sprain.
Muscle and Tendon Stretching
Overweight pets and those who have recently been injured may have difficulty restoring their full range of motion. Our doctors offer muscle and tendon stretching to gently work the affected areas, increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles so your pet can recover faster.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Doctors apply hot pads and cold packs to increase the temperature around the affected area or over your pet’s whole body. The warmth encourages blood flow, which in turn improves the healing process over time.
When pets are overweight or have recently undergone surgery, the period of inactivity can stunt their healing. They may struggle with muscle atrophy, built-up scar tissue, and lingering pain that may prevent them from enjoying the activities and games they previously loved. Physical therapy exists to counteract this effect. It relieves pain, encourages faster recovery, and reduces the risk of a second injury.
Serving Local Communities with Pet Orthopedics and Rehab
If your pet requires orthopedics surgery or rehabilitation, schedule an appointment at West Park Animal Hospital. We serve West Park, North Olmsted, Berea, Rocky River, Lakewood, Fairview Park, Cleveland, and the surrounding areas with trustworthy pet orthopedics and rehab, as well as a host of other veterinary services. To learn more, contact us today, and a member of our team will gladly discuss your companion’s needs.
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