Canine rehabilitation is still a very unknown field for pet parents and veterinarians. Many pet parents do not know it exists, and while vets have likely heard of it they may not fully understand what we have to offer. Commonly, physical therapy is thought of as something done after surgery for recovery, which is not wrong, but there is so much more to what we do, what dogs we can help and how much dogs can truly benefit from rehab.
As you may notice your aging dog slowing down on your hikes and walks, not going up/down the stairs as easily, and overall not as energetic as they used to be. Typically after some time passes you go to the vet, maybe have xrays taken, and prescribed meds for arthritis and aging. This is the time you start to wonder is there something more you can do. YES! That is where we come in.
Dr. Kat was born and raised in Arizona, currently living in Queen Creek, and knew she wanted to pursue a career in Physical Therapy since her Freshman year of high school. She has been practicing human physical therapy since 2015 in Gilbert. As she continued working on human patients as a physical therapist, her husband’s and her first furbaby, Aurora, a golden retriever, started showing signs of hip pain and arthritis. Kat used what she knew about physical therapy, massage and manual therapies, to provide relief regularly and saw significant improvements in Aurora’s energy levels and function around the house. While Lymphoma took Aurora too quickly, it did show Kat the effect she can have with her current skills with physical therapy, but she knew there was more to learn. Dr. Kat went on to complete her certification in canine rehabilitation through Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and now she is reaching more dogs as a mobile canine rehabilitation therapist. She wants everyone to be able to have more time and more adventures with their dogs in Arizona!!
Aurora, Shia, Lexi and Riley
If your dog is facing daily challenges with pain, aging, injury or surgery, physical therapist and certified canine rehabilitation therapist Dr Kat is only a click, text or call away. We cannot wait to help your furbaby move and feel their best! As a mobile canine rehabilitation therapist, we come to you, it cannot get any easier!