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Animal Physical Therapy: Why Your Pets Need You

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Dog Physical TherapyAre you a physical therapist, or actively seeking a job within this field? Do you love animals? Well, there's an occupation out there that is perfect for you! Animal rehabilitation therapists do their part in helping many pets recover from surgeries or deal with long term pain.

Why Would People Bring Their Pets to PT?

After a major fall, surgery, or accident, pets need physical therapy just like we do. Just like with us, it can help lessen pain and shorten the recovery time for those who have just had surgery or are sCareer Opportunitiesuffering from muscle weaknesses. Pets can benefit from physical therapy in many different ways. For example, have you ever seen those cute videos of old dogs swimming happily besides their owner in a pool? Well, this is a form of physical therapy for dogs with arthritis, amputations, post-surgery hip replacements, and much more. Animals that go to physical therapy receive a lot of help that is very similar to the treatment that humans receive. These therapists with an emphasis on animals help our furry friends to get back to their pre-injury selves once again.

How Do I Become a PT for Pets?

Becoming a physical therapist for pets takes as much time as it does to become one for humans. While in school, you should study PT with an emphasis on animals, or animal rehabilitation. If you already have your degree, you will probably need to go back and add onto your degree, adding an emphasis on animals. After you have obtained your degree, there are many places where you could go to work at. Many vet offices offer these types of services for their patients, and more centers are being built that only focus on animal rehabilitation.

If you are interested in a career in physical therapy, contact us today. And if you'd like to read more about this and related topics, visit the Healthcare section of our blog.


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