4Paws Rehabilitation & Wellness Center

At 4Paws Animal Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic in Huntersville, the care we provide is an extension of our general veterinary services. Treatment plans and therapies are always communicated to ensure continuity of care between the primary care provider and our practice.

The Benefits of Rehabilitation

Veterinary physical rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of painful or limiting conditions in animals. It can help improve muscle strength, provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects, improve blood flow, range of motion, and load bearing capabilities of bone, tendons, and ligaments.

At 4Paws Animal Rehabilitation & Wellness Clinic, our goal is to achieve the highest possible level of function, comfort and quality of life possible for our patients.

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Therapeutic Exercises

Therapeutic exercises help increase the range of motion in a joint or limb.

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Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound can help to help heal tissue and reduce pain in cats and dogs.

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Cold Laser Therapy

We use cold laser therapy as a pain management treatment for  our patients.

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Thermotherapy involves alternating between hot and cold for therapeutic purposes.

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Shockwave Therapy

We use shockwave therapy as a non-invasive treatment for painful conditions.

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Aquatic Therapy

We use aquatic therapy for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation.

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Athletic Conditioning

Athletic conditioning is essential for competitive dogs and working dogs alike.

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Spinal Manipulation

Spinal manipulation provides healing via manual therapy or chiropractic adjustments.

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Rehabilitation FAQs

  • How does physical rehabilitation work?

    The specific needs of your pet are identified after a detailed evaluation, then a treatment plan and goals are established. In addition, home exercise programs that will help achieve these goals are commonly prescribed and reviewed with you.

  • Will it hurt my pet?

    Rehabilitation should never hurt your pet. Just as humans experience occasional muscle soreness after exercising, this may happen to your pet. However, the program is carefully tailored for your pet's individual diagnosis. Some patients may require pain medications and/or other types of medication either temporarily (eg, after having surgery) or long-term (eg, for dogs with osteoarthritis). This, however, is a result of your pet's underlying condition and is not because of the therapy itself.

  • How long until I see results?

    It depends on your pet's individual case. Many pets respond positively after just 1 to 2 treatments. Some chronic conditions require many more treatments. As with any treatment, there is no guarantee that it will work.

  • How much will it cost?

    The average cost of a rehabilitation program, which includes the initial evaluation, the design and instruction of a home exercise program, and 5 to 10 treatment visits, ranges from $300.00 to $750.00. Most rehabilitation programs last 6 to 8 weeks.

  • Will I need to do this for the rest of my pet's life?

    The typical rehabilitation program lasts several weeks ( up to 8 weeks). For certain conditions, some forms of physical rehabilitation, such as a structured program at the clinic and at home, may need to be followed for the rest of the pet's life.

  • What is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner?

    CCRPs are animal health care professionals who evaluate and treat dogs with health problems resulting from injury, disease, aging, or obesity. Rehabilitation practitioners also provide support in conditioning for sport and show dogs.

    This profession is directed at evaluating, restoring and maintaining a dog’s physical function and movement. Working with the owner, veterinarian and often other healthcare professionals, a rehabilitation practitioner helps your animal to achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being. Equipped with a specialized education and extensive experience, CCRPs are able to assess and treat movement and function.

    Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation are recognized sciences applied to both humans and animals. The goals of therapy are to relieve pain, restore range of motion/movement, improve function, prevent injuries and expand the physical potential of the patient.

  • Through rehabilitation, I am able to help cats and dogs enjoy a better quality of life with less pain, and recover more quickly from a wide range of conditions and illnesses. It gives me great pleasure to be able to provide this essential service to my patients.
    - Dr. Jean Tuttle, CCRP, CVSMT

  • Aquatic Therapy

    At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital, we use aquatic therapy for relaxation, fitness, physical rehabilitation , and other therapeutic benefits for cats and dogs in Huntersville. What is Hydrotherapy for Pets? Aquatic therapy is the use of exercise performed in water as a treatment method for helping to relieve pain and increase physical rehabilitation. Buoyancy helps to reduce pre...
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  • Athletic Conditioning Services

    At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital in Huntersville, we provide essential athletic conditioning services for competitive agility dogs, show dogs and working dogs. Fitness Conditioning for Dogs At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital, athletic conditioning can include a variety of therapy services, such as massage , aerobic and  therapeutic exercises ,  aquatic therapy ...
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  • Cold Laser Therapy

    At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital, our Huntersville vets use cold laser therapy as a non-invasive option for the treatment of painful inflammatory conditions in cats and dogs. Cold Laser Therapy for Pets Cold laser therapy uses a low-intensity laser or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to help relieve pain, stimulate and enhance cell function, and improv...
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  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

    Our Huntersville veterinarians at LakeCross Veterinary Hospital use shockwave therapy as a non-invasive treatment for painful conditions that don't respond well to more traditional treatments. What is ESWT? Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) uses a series of low-energy acoustic wave pulsations which are applied directly to an injured area. ...
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  • Massage Therapy

    Just like in humans, massage techniques can be used in cats and dogs to improve wellbeing and reduce pain. At our Huntersville veterinary hospital, we provide massage therapy services for our patients. Massage Therapy for Cats & Dogs Contraction of the muscles leads to decreased blood and oxygen flow, thus decreases waste removal from the area and increasing endor...
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  • Spinal Manipulation Therapy

    Also known as veterinary chiropractic, spinal manipulation therapy offers Huntersville dogs and cats a gentle way to encourage their own bodies' healing mechanisms by using manual therapy or chiropractic adjustments. Spinal Manipulation for Pets Spinal manipulative therapy is a practice similar to chiropractic adjustments for humans. Pets who experience pain with mo...
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  • Therapeutic Exercises

     At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital in Huntersville, we provide physical therapy in the form of exercises that are designed to increase the range of motion in a joint or limb by carefully and gradually stretching the muscles and tendons. Improving Mobility & Reducing Pain Our team works with injured pets to help restore pain-free mobility through...
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  • Therapeutic Ultrasound

    At LakeCross Veterinary Hospital, we provide therapeutic ultrasound as a treatment modality to help heal tissue and reduce pain in cats and dogs. What is Therapeutic Ultrasound? Therapeutic ultrasound is a branch of physiotherapy that promotes the healing of injured muscles, ligaments, and tendons by decreasing inflammation and scar tissue. The ultrasound energy warms deep tiss...
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  • Thermotherapy

    Based on a 2000-year old Nordic relaxation ritual, thermotherapy treatment uses alternating hot and cold temperatures which are then followed by a period of rest. Our vets at LakeCross Veterinary Hospital in Huntersville use thermotherapy for cats and dogs. Thermotherapy for Cats & Dogs Thermotherapy is a therapeutic rehabilitation technique that alternates between superficia...
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