Rehab Sports Medicine

Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine at Paradise Animal Hospital in Catonsville

We Offer Custom Veterinary Rehab Programs for Catonsville, Ellicott City & Baltimore County Pets

Dog during a rehab session Paradise Animal Hospital’s Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program has been helping dogs and cats with mobility, pain management, and athletic performance for more than a decade. We offer state-of-the-art facilities including a fully accessible underwater treadmill in a heated pool, medical therapy boarding rooms, and an outdoor therapy courtyard.

Paradise Animal Hospital is one of the top animal therapy centers in Maryland. Since 2001, we’ve been providing therapy services to dogs and cats in the greater Baltimore County. We are a full service and fully certified therapy center offering professional physical recovery care for your pet.

In addition to our medical patients, we enjoy working with canine athletes who are working to maintain fitness and improve conditioning. The Paradise team will evaluate gait, video body mechanics, and design a plan for optimal performance.

At Paradise Animal Hospital’s Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program, our mission is to provide our patients with the highest standard in physical therapy and to assist them in growing stronger.

For more information on the rehabilitation and sports medicine services we provide, call (410) 390-0052 today!

Therapy Services

Seeing your pet running around and playing pain-free is a joy for any pet owner and that’s what Paradise Animal Hospital’s Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program is all about. We provide rehabilitation therapy, pain management, and sports therapy tailored to the exact needs of your pet. We are the area’s top dog and cat physical therapy center. Our patient cases include pets that need help with post-operative recovery, neurologic conditions, geriatric conditions, pain relief, arthritis, athletic performance goals, and many more.

During your pet’s initial consultation, you’ll meet with our entire rehabilitation team. We’ll detail the types of therapy we recommend for your pet—both on-site and with at-home exercising—and we’ll develop a therapy program that works around your schedule.

Our facilities are modern, clean, and feature an “open view” arrangement, enabling pet owners to watch their pets during therapy if they wish to do so. Therapy sessions are by appointment and we offer daily drop-off and medical boarding options. Whenever possible, we provide our patients with assistive devices for home care including front-end and back-end harnesses, fitted slings, and physiorolls (big exercise balls).

When your pet begins working with our therapists, you’ll notice immediate and long-term benefits including the following:

  • Improved mobility and agility
  • Improved muscle balance
  • Faster recovery from injury or surgery
  • Less pain
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Increased strength
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased stamina
  • Localization and treatment of specific problem areas
  • Less muscular atrophy
  • Less secondary injuries associated with protecting an injured body part
  • Reduced stiffness
  • Reduced inflammation

Athletic Training

If you’re looking to improve your dog’s athletic performance, Paradise Animal Hospital has the Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine program you’re looking for. Our athletic training is goal-based, with training programs centered around your dog’s specific sport. We focus on balancing your dog’s body movements and mechanics.

Continence Care

Many patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries lose the ability to manage their own elimination. At Paradise Animal Hospital in Catonsville, we have experience working with medications, treatments, and techniques to return your pet to a functional, house-trained family member.

We offer coaching and assistive devices that frequently make a tremendous difference in your pet’s success.

Land Therapy

Land therapy is a collection of training exercises that take place on the ground, in an open space. It involves the stimulation of an animal’s independent, unsupported movements with “game-style” workouts like pole mazes, sit-to-stand, hill climbing, and more. Land therapy exercises focus on strength, balance, speed, and flexibility, and are designed to reintroduce lifestyle wellness. At Paradise Animal Hospital, many of our therapy regiments include a moderate land therapy component targeted to the needs of our patients. Continued practice of these exercises is done at home by the pet owner. Intensive land therapy done at our facility is most appropriate for our boarded patients or those with serious medical or neurological conditions.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy (also called “cold laser therapy”) involves the use of a cold laser light applied directly to the affected muscles. It’s a non-invasive, painless form of therapy that works to heal compromised tissue, increases blood circulation, and helps to manage pain. Each session takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the animal’s size and medical condition.

At Paradise Animal Hospital, laser therapy is utilized with many of our post-op and neurologic patients. To date, we’ve seen dramatic results in virtually all of our patients.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is related to massage therapy in that in involves using the therapist’s hands to locate and address areas that are painful. Only certified rehabilitation practitioners will utilize these techniques, which include joint mobilizations (major and minor), trigger point treatment, and specific stretching techniques.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of our patient’s favorite forms of treatment. It reduces pain, eases anxiety, and enables the therapist to localize where the animal is feeling discomfort. With professional massage, soft tissue stimulation can directly impact an animal’s overall mobility and health. At Paradise Animal Hospital in Catonsville, we provide massage therapy to all of our patients undergoing therapy treatments.

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) prompts muscles to contract through the use of a low level electrical current. These currents are painless and non-invasive and are used for pain management at low settings, muscle activation, and preservation at higher settings. NMES therapy is most common in our neurologic patients.

Pain Management

Pain management therapy is designed for animals with chronic pain resulting from surgery, injury, arthritis, neurologic problems, medical, or geriatric conditions. Sometimes pain is caused by disuse or muscle imbalance. At Paradise Animal Hospital, our pain management programs are composed of a variety of therapies, custom-fitted to address your pet’s specific needs. Our pain management programs provide both immediate and long-lasting results and can improve the overall quality of your pet’s life.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound enables our therapists to send targeted sound waves directly into an animal’s damaged tissue areas. Through repeated treatments, this therapy helps to heal tissue found in the muscles, joints, and bones.

Thermal Treatments

We use thermal treatments to improve inflamed joints and painful muscles.

Cryotherapy is the use of cold to reduce inflammation, increase cell survival, and reduce pain and spasms. At Paradise Animal Hospital in Catonsville, we utilize ice to treat locally inflamed areas. Many of our post-surgical patients are advised to seek cryotherapy as it can directly impact the speed of a pet’s recovery. Through the use of ice packs, our therapists are able to increase or decrease blood flow to a particular area.

We also utilize warm water and warmed packs to ease muscle pain and allow stretching of painful muscles. Often while in the heated pool, our therapy assistants will add warmed wet towels to your pet’s painful body parts to ease their discomfort.

Water Therapy

Water therapy, also called underwater treadmill therapy, is among the most effective of therapies for post-op canines, or pets with orthopedic, neurological, and geriatric conditions associated with muscle weakness. The therapy involves the use of an underwater treadmill, where animals are able to practice (and ultimately regain) motion and flexibility. At Paradise Animal Hospital, our water therapy program is one of the area’s best. Our treadmill is located in a spacious 18 x 6 x 4 heated therapy pool (rather than a tank), which allows a therapist to be in the water with every patient. Animals are lowered into the pool on the treadmill alongside a trainer. Then they exercise alongside that trainer throughout the entire session. Even the most water-anxious animals are at ease with our facilities.

At Paradise Animal Hospital, water therapy is utilized with many of our post-op and neurological patients. To date, we’ve seen dramatic results in virtually all of our patients.

To make an appointment or speak with one of our veterinarians, call (410) 390-0052 or send us a message through our online form.

See What Makes Us The Right Choice for Your Fur-Baby

  • Passionate About Access to Care

    We open early and stay open late to better accommodate your busy schedule and provide the best services at affordable prices.

  • The High Quality Care

    A state-of-the-art facility and technology to properly diagnose and treat your pet for a variety of ailments.

  • Nearly Three Decades of Care

    Paradise Animal Hospital has been proudly serving our community since 1990, put their paws in our experienced hands.

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  • “Xander and I want to thank Dr. Burke for performing some excellent surgery and for doing all the necessary things to preserve his health and to keep his remaining teeth. I thank you wholeheartedly, and he will thank you later on, I’m sure.”

    - Eric S
  • “We have been coming to Paradise since Dr. Burke opened it. All of our pets have received excellent care for all of the years we have patronized Paradise. We couldn’t be more pleased with the staff and service.”

    - Diane K
  • “I have the highest regard of Dr. Cheryl Burke’s diagnosis and care. She is always well informed and has good reasons for her recommendations. The staff has always been polite, helpful and friendly. I am extremely pleased!!!”

    - Dennis L
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    - Anne & Angie P
  • “The staff has always taken the time to answer any questions I may have regarding Matilda. I have confidence in their responses and believe her health and well being are a priority at Paradise.”

    - Cindy T
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