Canine Therapy

1-on-1 Rehab From the Comfort of Your Home

Rehab Benefits

Physical therapy is an essential aspect of recovery from injury, surgery, and neurologic dysfunction. Techniques have been adapted to use with dogs to decrease pain, improve strength and mobility, and enhance function. My goal is to improve a dog's quality of life. That could mean helping the dog recover from an injury, cope with the effects of a degenerative disease, manage obesity, or deal with an age-related condition.

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About Me

Valerie Rhodes is a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience working with infants, toddlers, and children with physical challenges. After building a successful pediatric practice with a home-based emphasis, she became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennesee School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2015. Now she has decided to fulfill a dream, follow her passion, and transition to working with animals. 

Services

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Evaluation

The dog's active range of motion is assessed. Strength is tested by muscle mass as well as the dog's movement patterns.

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Treatment

Heat and cold can be used to decrease inflammation, pain and muscle spasms. Laser therapy can also be used to promote healing.

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Mobility Assessment

The dog's ability to move within the home environment is evaluated. Advice is given to enhance functional independence.

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Assistive Devices

Recommendations to enhance function may be made for boots, splints, braces. artificial limbs, slings and carts.

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Exercises

Strength, balance and coordination are improved with the use of various techniques and equipment.

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Gait Training

A normal walking pattern is restored through weight shifting and weight bearing over the injured limb.

 
 

What Pet Owners Say

"Tools & Guidance"

“I felt helpless after Summer was diagnosed but Valerie gave me tools and guidance that empowered me to help my dog adjust to her new condition and regain some of the function she had lost. I could not be more grateful for her help!”

Shayna S.

"Highly Recommend"

“Valerie's expertise and compassion were invaluable. I highly recommend her. It was money well-spent. And, above all, we got our dog back — in all her running and jumping splendor.”

Val T.

"Dog Whisperer"

“I think of Valerie as a 'dog whisperer'. My dog is close to 12 years old and Valerie has taught me that a dog is never too old

to learn new tricks.”

Patricia G.