Pets in Harmony’s new veterinary rehabilitation center offers drug-free alternatives for pain relief [Cranberry Eagle]
Pets in Harmony’s new veterinary rehabilitation center offers drug-free alternatives for pain relief
By Pets in Harmony Veterinary Hospital
Published June 18, 2017 - Cranberry Eagle
Dr. Brian Silvis has treated thousands of patients over his career as a small animal veterinarian. While he agrees that medications have a place in treating painful conditions like osteoarthritis, joint injuries, and disc disease, he found that alternative therapies can reduce – or even eliminate – the need for long-term prescription medications. With that, the Rehabilitation Center at Pets in Harmony Veterinary Hospital was born.
In December, veterinary technicians Meredith Wille and Ashley Eden will sit for their exams at the University of Tennessee to become Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners. Through adapted human physical therapy techniques, they help patients benefit from reduced pain, faster recovery from injury, improvements to balance and coordination, increased strength and endurance, and positive psychological effects for both pet and owner.
The Rehabilitation Center at Pets in Harmony offers a variety of treatment modalities to promote healing without side effects. Current options include a Class IV therapy laser, electrostimulation, warm ultrasound, cryotherapy, massage, physiotherapy, t-PEMF (electromagnetic) therapy, and a land treadmill. Later this year, an underwater treadmill will be installed for low-impact exercise.
Pets of any age can benefit from physical rehabilitation. Often, they are recovering from injuries or surgery, such as cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) repair. Others are suffering from obesity, degenerative disease, or age-related changes that impair mobility and joint function. Some participants are not injured at all – they are canine athletes preparing for competition through a strength and conditioning program.
Whatever their reason for entering the Rehabilitation Center, each patient receives personal attention. Dr. Silvis, Meredith, and Ashley create a customized treatment plan specific to the pet’s individual needs, and provide pet owners with a prescribed program to follow at home, easily accessed through instructional videos online or with an app for iOS/Android devices.
Pets in Harmony accepts referrals from other local veterinarians, as long as the pet has had a recent examination within 3 months of entering the program. Referring vets simply fill out a form on the Pets in Harmony website, and the rehabilitation team works closely with the patient’s regular doctor to ensure continuity of care.
In addition to the Rehabilitation Center, Pets in Harmony Veterinary Hospital also operates as a full-service hospital for dogs and cats with a combination of conventional and integrative medicine by Dr. Brian Silvis and Dr. Leanna Dohanich. Exams are performed in-office or as a house call by appointment. Diagnostics and general surgery are available in the clinic.
Pets in Harmony Veterinary Hospital is located at 120 Perry Highway, just north of Zelienople.
Call 724-473-4PET (4738) to make an appointment Monday – Saturday.
For more information, visit http://www.petsinharmonypa.com or follow us on Facebook at fb.com/petsinharmonypa.
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5/13/2020 11:58:58 pm
Thank you for pointing out that a pet hospital will be equipped with a rehabilitation center, which would mean the pets will be given personalized care. My friend just moved to a new town and he has a dog with three legs. I will advise him to look into the nearest pet hospital for his dog.
8/22/2020 02:36:13 am
Great to read this
12/16/2020 09:11:17 am
I also have very interest on dogs. I love doodle dogs.
3/11/2021 11:26:55 pm
I do agree that when choosing a veterinary hospital, it is important to ensure that they employ qualified and certified doctors. In doing so, we can rest assure knowing that our pets will be under expert care. Assuming that I need to bring my pets to a hospital, I will most definitely remember to ask about their staff.
7/29/2021 01:02:01 pm
I am glad warm ultrasounds are being used to promote healing. Animals aren't as aware as people are. So what might be a minor discomfort for us could hurt a lot for them so they need more accommodations like warm ultrasounds and cryotherapy.
4/1/2022 11:11:41 am
You did a great job of explaining that physical therapy is beneficial to pets of all ages. They are frequently recuperating from traumas or surgeries, such as cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) reconstruction. My uncle had earlier informed me that our dog's lower tummy had been determined to have a tumor. Perhaps our cat needs an ultrasound from a reputable veterinarian. Thanks.
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