Could you imagine your dog rehabilitating with the same equipment used to rehab professional athletes who make millions of dollars a year? It’s happening in Roswell.
When one of the Atlanta Hawks has a problem with an ankle or hamstring, they rehab in an underwater treadmill. The one the Hawks have is one of only 3 underwater treadmills in Atlanta for human rehabilitation. There’s one for dogs at the Atlanta Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness Center in Roswell. The center was opened in 2004 by Dr. David Flier, DVM, MS. The center also houses the Veterinary referral surgical practice, where Dr. Flier performs surgery. There is one other pet rehab center in the state, but this is the only one adjacent to a surgical clinic. The company operates other surgical centers in Marietta and Woodstock.
Jonna Kanable is one of the certified Canine rehabilitation practitioners on staff at the AARF and says the industry has been growing a lot over the past 10 years, but there are still a lot of pet owners that don’t realize what’s available to them. She has plenty of equipment available to work with the dogs, but her favorite piece is the pool treadmill. “It’s very effective,” Jonna said. “It gets the most results over any other modality.”
This dog in the pool is Angel, a Golden Retriever with arthritis in her hips and has problems getting up. She has shown remarkable progress since she’s been coming to the pool. “She comes in every week or so for a treatment and is doing a lot better.” About 60% of their patients come in after surgery on their back, knees or other orthopedic condition. The rest, like Angel are older dogs suffering from arthritis.
Allie is one of the dogs that had back surgery and needed to be sling walked to use the bathroom. Her owner, Deb Baker, hired my dog walking and pet sitting service, Fetch! Pet Care to do that when she was at work. Heather, our sitter, would use a sling under her back legs to help her go outside. Deb continued Allie’s rehab by going to the pool at the clinic. “It was remarkable how she was able to recover from using the pool,” she said. This was a more than a year ago and she doesn’t need us to do the visits anymore.
A friend of mine, Dee Hodges sent her French Bulldog, Sugar, to the clinic. Sugar was paralyzed after suffering a ruptured disk. She wasn’t aware of the clinic and didn’t get Sugar in there until several weeks after his surgery. “I wish we started sooner,” Dee said. “We saw some improvement. The staff was very professional and very loving with Sugar.” She used 6 underwater treatments and some cold laser as well.
The rehab for the dogs continues even after their therapy at the clinic concludes. “We teach the owners things to do to increase the dog’s mobility, said Jonna. She says the rehab is just like training a dog and consistency is very important.
Technology and training are keeping athletes playing their sports longer and longer. If you use a clinic like the Atlanta Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness Center and have a trainer like Jonna and her staff that has the latest in equipment and technique you’ll have your dog living a long, healthy, happy life.
Fetch! Pet Care of NW Atlanta provides pet sitting, dog walking and cat care services for Roswell, East Cobb, Woodstock and Kennesaw, GA. You can see the happy pets by following us on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/fetchnwatlanta/