The TheraPaw Program

Integrative Therapeutic Nutrition

Targeted nourishment during illness or injury is critical for optimal recovery. Our doctors and staff will help you to choose a species appropriate, biologically correct, naturally anti-inflammatory diet. We will help guide you in choosing appropriate supplements to aid your pets healing and to help him/her maintain fitness and muscle. Enhanced with specific amino acids, fatty acids, phospholipids and protein complexes, our diet recommendations can enhance muscle development, slow compensatory atrophy, speed wound healing and aid in controlling acute, post-surgical or trauma related inflammation.

Geriatric musculoskeletal health revolves around providing specific therapeutic nutritional plans that provide abundant antioxidants to scavenge free radicals, are easy to digest and assimilate and focus on slowing and preventing age related muscle wasting and atrophy. Additional trace minerals and specific vitamins are also necessary to fortify older tendons, ligaments, joints and an aging central nervous system.

Therapies and Tools used at Therapaw

Underwater Treadmill Therapy utilizes the resistance and supportive properties of water to promote increased range of motion of joints, reduce swelling, and strengthen muscles. Walking on the underwater treadmill is a weight bearing activity that can also be helpful in stimulating balance and bone density. It also provides a safe opportunity to teach animals to walk again without the risks of slips, trips or painful falls. Utilizing the water jets in a deeper pool creates an endless current of resistance that allows dogs to swim weightlessly, which improves coordination, the brain-body connection, muscle mass and strength as well as range of motion and endurance.

Laser Therapy is light energy used to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation and pain, and reduce scar tissue formation. Some of the well known biological effects of laser are cartilage stimulation, immune system stimulation and improved blood flow. Indications for use of laser include reducing post-operative pain and inflammation, degenerative joint disease, neuritis, wound healing, joint swelling, tendonitis, tendonosis, bursitis, tendon/ligament injuries, muscle spasms, osteoarthritis and myositis. Laser therapy can allow newly formed scar tissue to become more pliable for increased range of motion.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) uses low level electrical current that decreases swelling stimulates muscle spindle fibers after orthopedic or neurological injury. Indications for use of NMES are central or peripheral neuropathies, muscle wasting and atrophy and limb weakness.

Therapeutic Exercise using exercise balls, rebounders, ramps and therapy bands to create specific exercises which help your pet improve coordination, proprioception, weight bearing and range of motion.

Animal MyotherapyTM By identifying specific areas of muscle (myo) tension, pain and reduced nerve function, these unique manual therapy and joint mobilization techniques can improve range of motion and bio-mechanical functionality, while minimizing restrictions and compensations. Re-integration of the nervous and musculoskeletal systems can have profoundly beneficial effects on patients with acute and chronic challenges, alike. Animal bodywork and massage, including Animal Myotherapy, can increase range of motion, improve proprioception and lymphatic drainage, reduce adhesions and musculoskeletal compensations.

Range of Motion (ROM) Exercises. Many injured or older animals have reduced range of motion causing compensations, muscle imbalances and over time, reduced mobility and functionality. Regaining full range of motion through specific exercises is critical for normal joint and muscle physiology.

Homeopathic Evaluation. By identifying your pet’s unique symptom patterns a specific remedy can be prescribed that unlocks your pet’s ability to naturally heal and balance body systems.

Cryotherapy and Heat Therapy. Cryotherapy (ice) relieves pain and inflammation and decreases bleeding and swelling. Heat therapy improves muscle flexibility and circulation.

Acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, aquapuncture and Moxabustion. Stimulating acupuncture points in a variety of therapeutic ways can reduce pain, improve circulation and integrate the central and peripheral nervous systems. Using traditional needles, warming needles, needles connected via a micro-current of electricity, injections of vitamin B or Laser therapy at acupuncture points are unique and different forms of acupuncture that can be very therapeutic.

Therapeutic Support. We fit patients for ankle, wrist, elbow, hip, paw, full body support systems and carts.

Pain Management and Inflammation Assessment. Evaluating metabolic inflammatory markers to formulate a systemic intensive anti-inflammatory protocol allows us to optimally manage inflammation as well as customize the appropriate pain control for each animal’s condition.