Physical rehabilitation of animals is a new area of veterinary medicine which has become essential in providing the best opportunities for dogs and cats to recover from neurosurgical, surgical (orthopedic), arthritic and chronically-debilitating diseases and conditions. Although generally not thought of as an injury, osteoarthritis is a chronically debilitating condition that results in muscle mass loss and stiff joints. Just like humans, animals require physical rehabilitation to recover muscle strength and joint flexibility following an injury or chronic disuse. Our animal physical rehabilitation center is fully equipped with a full suite of high tech rehabilitation equipment, including underwater and land treadmills, deep tissue ultrasound, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). We have special programs designed for sports medicine, performance optimization and fitness as well as weight management. Our physical rehabilitation service will perform outpatient consultations and will also be integral in our hospitalized, post-operative orthopedic, neurologic and debilitated critical care patients.
Marc E. Havig, DVM, DACVS, CCRP
Michelle B. Carnes, MS, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
A North Fort Myers couple's dog - paralyzed after what's believed to be a vicious attack - is walking again.
The dog, Bugatti, received an MRI scan and physical therapy from veterinary neurologist Michelle Carnes and the staff of the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples.
Bugatti was barely able to move after her injury in May.
At the time, her owners...
Ebola: The Antidote to Fear is Information
What is the Ebola virus?
Ebola virus disease, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans
Where does Ebola come from?
It is though that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae family are natural Ebola virus hosts.
Can Dogs get the Ebola virus?
Dogs have been reported to have developed antibodies, indicating an exposure to the virus, but dogs have not been reported to show signs or develop disease from the Ebola virus.
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