New veterinary physical rehabilitation facility center opens in South Florida

March 3, 2017

Hydrotherapy, gait analysis and more are part of the hospital's expanded rehab equipment.

A dog put through his paces by ICU nurse Sal Bonanno on an underwater treadmill as part of his physical rehabilitation therapy. (Lauderdale Veterinary Specialist photo by Judge Public Relations)Attention veterinarians in the sunshine state: Lauderdale Veterinary Specialists (LVS), a veterinary specialty and emergency hospital for pets that serves the Broward, Palm Beach and Miami Dade counties in Florida, has added to its specialty services with a state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center.

In addition to the many specialty services the hospital provides that you can already refer your patients for-emergency, critical care, internal medicine, neurosurgery, neurology, ultrasound, computed tomography, digital radiography, bereavement counseling, and soft tissue, orthopedic and reconstructive surgery-the center will enhance the hospital's current physical rehabilitation services.

“Our goal by building this physical rehabilitation center is to supplement the other specialty services offered at LVS, while hopefully helping patients to regain the same quality of life they enjoyed before their injury or ailment,” said Dr. Ira Zaslow, a board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialist, and founder of LVS in a release. “Studies have shown that just like with humans, pets that undergo physical rehabilitation during their recovery process see a much better return to normal gait function and locomotion.”

The center features hydrotherapy in the form of a water treadmill as well as a gait analyzer treadmill, a dry treadmill and other equipment used in rehabilitation therapy for dogs and cats.

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