Rehab Sports Medicine 

Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine at Paradise Animal Hospital

Offering Custom Veterinary Rehabilitation Programs for the pets of Catonsville, Ellicott City & beyond

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.

As one of the top animal therapy centers in Maryland, we’ve been providing therapy services to dogs and cats in the greater Baltimore County area since 2001. 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.

To learn more about our rehabilitation and sports medicine services, call (410) 390-0052 today!

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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).

Benefits of therapy include:

  • 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, we employ a number of techniques, including medication, coaching, and assistive care, to help manage your pet's incontinence and improve their quality of life.

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 tissue. It’s a non-invasive, painless form of therapy that works to heal compromised tissue, increase blood circulation, and manage pain. Each session takes between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the animal’s size and medical condition, and is utilized with many of our post-op, pain management, and neurologic patients.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy involves using the therapist’s hands to locate and address areas that are painful. Our certified rehabilitation practitioners are trained to utilized 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. The painless, non-invasive currents are used for pain management, as well as muscle activation and preservation. NMES therapy is most common in our neurologic patients.

Pain Management

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 are designed to 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, call (410) 390-0052 or send us a message through our online form.

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

  • A Passion for Animals

    Our love for animals shows in everything we do, from minimal-stress handling to expanded hours to better accommodate our clients and patients.

  • State-of-the-Art Care

    With a modern facility and a strong commitment to education, the veterinarians and staff of Paradise are dedicated to providing your pet with the highest quality medical, surgical, and wellness care possible.

  • Commitment to Community

    As a proud member of the Catonsville community since 1990, Paradise Animal Hospital believes in giving back through a variety of local causes.

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  • “I’ve had pets my whole adult life, by far Paradise Animal Hospital is the BEST in Catonsville, MD!!”

    - Clarissa & Maile S.
  • “I have had an amazing experience with my pup at this facility.”

    - Amanda W.
  • “They are very thorough, and have taken the time to understand our cats special needs.”

    - Tom M.
  • “Dr. Thacker and Tim, the wonderful Vet tech, have been super heroes and I could not be more grateful.”

    - Katie Z.
  • “Over 15 years Paradise has cared for my dogs. The dogs come and go. The vet stays as good as always.”

    - Tim B.