river pet resort & rehab offers physical rehabilitation for dogs with orthopedic problems with aquatic and cross-training exercises
Dr. Karen Zelinski is a certified in canine physical rehabilitation. She received her veterinary degree in 1993 at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Zelinski has practiced small animal medicine for 15 years. During that time she spent several years in emergency practice. Dr. Zelinski took her certification training for canine physical rehabilitation at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She currently evaluates and treats the rehabilitation cases at river pet resort and also sees regular cases at our affiliate hospital Animal General. Dr. Zelinski strives to provide excellent veterinary care and work closely with your regular veterinarian when your dog is a rehab patient at river pet resort.
Why water therapy? Speeds recovery following injury Improves function and quality of life Reduces pain and inflammation Increases strength, range of motion & cardiovascular conditioning Provides good cross training for the competitive athletic dog
Special Cases at river pet resort & rehab
Yogi was a 7 year old neutered male German Shepard dog when he came to river pet for physical rehabilitation. He had an infection in his spine called diskospndylitis which caused rear leg paralysis in November 2013. His rear legs regained some function and he became able to walk again with some assistance.
Yogi worked hard to recover by doing exercises daily at home with his family and coming to river pet 2-3 times per week for physical rehabilitation. His treatment sessions included passive range of motion exercises, balance exercises, low level laser, acupuncture, assisted underwater treadmill walking and swimming. Range of motion exercises are important to reduce stiffness of muscles ligaments and tendons which can occur in a dog that is not walking for a period of time. Balance exercises are done using a balance ball and are useful to retrain the legs to shift left and right. Acupuncture and low level laser stimulate nerve signals. Swimming is helpful for core and leg strengthening. Water treadmill walking assists the dog in re-learning a normal walking motion.
Peanut in the water treadmill
Peanut is a 3 year old female spayed dachshund. In 2010 she tore a cruciate ligament in her right knee and surgery to repair it. December 2011 Peanut had trouble with her back legs and had surgery to correct a " slipped disc" in her back (intervertebral disc protrusion corrected via hemilaminectomy). Peanut has recovered well and she walks with only a subtle nerve deficit in her right rear leg. She has been coming to river pet resort weekly since early 2012 for strengthening exercises including water treadmill walking and swimming. Peanut also does balance exercises using a balance ball and rocker board during each session.
Gordo is a two year old male ShihTzu who was rescued by "Pet ResQ" from a local shelter when he was paralyzed in his hind legs. Gordo needed back surgery for a "slipped disc" and Pet ResQ used their resources to help. They took him to the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers for surgery to relieve spinal cord compression. Gordo has had several weeks of physical rehabilitation at river pet resort including neuromuscular electrical stimulation, balance exercises, acupuncture and underwater treadmill walking to help his recovery. The Pet ResQ group has worked with Gordo on a daily basis to sling walk him and give him lots of TLC. Gordo is actually walking without assistance three months post surgery!
Zero is a six year old neutered male Jack Russell. He became acutely paralyzed in December 2010 due to intervertebral disc protusion. He had surgery to remove disc material that was pressing on his spinal cord. Zero is recovering well. His owner works with him patiently doing daily exercises at home and walking him with a sling for support. Zero has been coming to river pet resort & rehab twice a week after surgery for physical rehabilitation sessions. Zero's treatments include balance practice on a physioball, obstacle course walking to practice turns and stepping, swimming and water treadmill walking. Two months after surgery he is beginning to walk on his own and he now loves swimming!