Rehabilitation & Fitness
For over 80 years, Physical Therapy has helped human patients recover from injury and surgery by improving and alleviating pain. At Gulf Coast Animal Rehabilitation & Fitness (GCARF), we strive to achieve these same results for your recovering pet.
Our foremost goal is to safely return your pet to an optimal level of function as quickly as possible, minimizing “down time” and psychological distress for you and your pet. Rehabilitation goals include increasing joint motion, improving muscle strength and coordination, decreasing pain and inflammation, restoring balance and endurance, and improving body composition (losing fat/gaining muscle).
Upon referral from your primary veterinarian or surgeon, your pet will be evaluated by the Physical Therapist to identify the limitations your pet faces and the goals you have to return your pet to a meaningful life. We will determine the most appropriate treatments and implement them in our state-of-the-art facility equipped with underwater treadmills, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser, and therapeutic exercise equipment. Additionally, you will be instructed in techniques to reinforce these treatments at home, enhancing your pet’s recovery.