gettingthewagback — Pets in pain find relief at rehabilitation center
By Bill Radford, The Gazette
Tanner, an 8-year-old golden retriever, is having a grand time. Most of his body is underwater as he walks along at 2.5 mph on a treadmill at Colorado Pet Rehabilitation in Colorado Springs. Two green tennis balls bob in the water in front of him, and when he’s not seemingly attempting to lap up every gallon of water, he’s chewing on one of the tennis balls.
Once his treadmill session is over and he’s dry, he’ll show off his talent for holding two tennis balls in his mouth. “He’s a tennis-ball freak,” says owner Kaylene Barnes.
Last spring, Tanner underwent surgery for a torn cruciate ligament in his right hind leg, an injury he suffered chasing a squirrel. Regular rehab sessions are aiding his recovery and getting him back into squirrel chasing condition.
Physical rehabilitation is common for people as they work to bounce back from injuries or debilitating conditions such as a stroke. But the idea of physical rehab for animals is fairly new. “I would say rehabilitation has had a lot of interest by a few dedicated veterinarians in the last 10 years, and in the last five years interest has really ramped up,” says Kim Spelts, a certified veterinary technician at the rehab center who is trained in canine rehabilitation and massage therapy.
Colorado Pet Rehabilitation, part of veterinarian James Gaynor’s Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management Center, is the only facility of its type in southern Colorado. One challenge, Gaynor says, is making the public — and fellow vets — aware of the help physical rehabilitation can offer pets that are in pain or slowed down by injury or the ravages of time.
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tHIS IS REALLY GREAT. iT LOOKED JUST LIKE THE REHAB i GOT LAST YEAR AFTER MY KNEE INJURY. i SURE HOPE MORE CENTERS LIKE THIS OPEN.