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Posted on 02-08-2016

We had a Rehab consult visit this week for a cat!
Booja had surgery on his hip recently.  Now that he is on the mend, we are doing Rehab to make sure that he gets the best outcome possible from that surgery.
There are several ways that Rehab can help this wonderful cat.  One of our first projects is to control the post-operative inflammation.  Inflammation is very helpful in initiating the healing response, but we want to control it as the hip heals.  Beyond the early parts of healing, uncontrolled inflammation can cause damage to the area.
Next we want the hip area to become stable and strong.  Even when surgery is our best treatment option, it also causes damage to the area.  In the Rehabilitation process we help to stabilize that damage, then progress to getting the area to be as strong as possible.  We like to start  Rehabilitation work as soon as possible after surgery, since the first 8-12 weeks are critical in optimizing the strength of the healing tissue.  We have a year in which we can influence the tissue's integrity, but those first days and weeks after surgery are crucial in determining the long term outcome.  Just as the surgical correction is helpful to your animal companion, Rehab is worthwhile to help insure the best possible outcome.
With a cat comes the challenge of enticing him to participate in the Rehab.  We are not putting him in the Underwater Treadmill!  Some of the work we will do with Booja is passive.  He is held, petted, and taken through his exercises.  He is very cooperative.  For his active exercises, we are picking activities that Booja likes to do, and modifying them to help him heal.  Much of this involves chasing the light from a laser pointer over obstacles and challenges! It should be a fun process for Booja and his people.
We always enjoy working with people who care about their pet's well being.  We are here to encourage that relationship to grow in healthful ways.

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