Pet Physical Rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation department has recently expanded and is now at a separate specialist facility, Animal Rehab Center.

The Animal Rehab Center is a new physical rehabilitation facility located just 1.3 miles down the road at 178 South Charlotte Street. We provide in-house physical rehab focused on pet pain management, surgical recovery, and improved mobility for the animals of Western North Carolina.

Beth Rhyne, DVM, CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner), is Asheville’s first veterinarian certified by the University of Tennessee to perform canine physical rehabilitation. She is delighted to provide comprehensive veterinary care, including physical rehabilitation, for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, and other exotic pets.

Veterinary Rehabilitation Therapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Neurological diseases/injuries
  • Post-orthopedic and neurological surgeries 
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Joint/tendon injuries
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Muscle disorders
  • Weakness in limb(s)
  • Bone fractures
  • Amputation

Depending on the condition being treated, various exercises are performed to increase range of motion, improve balance, and overall strengthen muscles. Pain reduction is also an important part of rehab and can be accomplished with a variety of mechanisms such as massage, therapeutic laser and ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and ice or heat therapy. Initially rehab treatments may be aimed towards decreasing pain and inflammation, then improving range of motion and balance and, later, improving performance, stamina, and muscle size.

To see a video of Dr. Rhyne demonstrating passive range of motion physical therapy, click on one of the following:     

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Charlotte Street Animal Hospital offers discounts with prepaid packages of rehabilitation treatments. For questions regarding whether our rehabilitation program will help your pet, please call (828) 232-0440.

View our Physical Rehab Brochure for additional information, and if you want to learn more, visit the Animal Rehab Center website for all of your pet's physical rehabilitation needs.