PAW Center

The PAW (Physical Activity & Wellness) Center is Mad River Veterinary Hospital’s on-site Rehab Center! The PAW Center helps your pet feel their best using an underwater treadmill, indoor pool, and gym.

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Mad River Veterinary Hospital is excited to be able to offer physical rehabilitation for dogs and cats! New clients welcome, you do not need to be a client of Mad River Veterinary Hospital to use our rehab. Call us and we can communicate with your existing vet to find what will work the best for your loved one. The PAW Center was established to help dogs and cats with mobility whether from aging or an injury, pain management, exercise, building muscle, and recovering from surgical procedures.

The therapeutic modalities offered help with range of motion, coordination, joint mobilization, as well as accelerated healing and decreased pain and inflammation. They include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Massage
  • Full size swimming pool (3.5ft depth)
  • Underwater Treadmill
  • Physioballs/Balance Boards/Fit Discs
  • Cavalettis/Weave Cones
  • Assisi Loop
  • Therapeutic Exercise

What does Physical Rehabilitation do?

Physical rehabilitation helps increase the patient’s strength and mobility, decrease pain, aid in their proprioception (awareness of foot placement) and increase overall well-being. Physical rehabilitation is extremely important for recovery for post-operative patients. This is especially vital for patients with orthopedic and neurologic conditions. Studies have shown that physical rehab can help speed the return to function approximately 50% faster than without rehab and help reduce the severe muscle loss during post-surgery.

Rehabilitation Therapy

What pets can benefit from physical rehabilitation?

  • All surgery patients (especially orthopedic and neurologic)
  • Patients with degenerative neurologic and bony conditions (hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, degenerative myopathy, IVDD)
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Weight loss
  • Cancer and general pain management
  • Athletic conditioning

The therapists and veterinarian at the PAW Center utilize rehabilitation therapy for a wide range of chronic problems including arthritis, hip dysplasia, spine and hind-end weakness, soft tissue strains, and weight loss. These modalities also can help improve the quality of life for cancer patients.

Contact the PAW Center today!

2279 Troy Road

Springfield, Ohio 45504


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