The Healing Tails team is committed to providing your companions with the best possible care.
If your pet has been diagnosed with a chronic illness and you want to do everything possible to support their body, you’ve come to the right place. Complementary therapies can support and improve the quality of life for conditions such as:
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic digestive concerns
- Chronic skin infections
- Chronic ear infections
- Autoimmune disorders
- Autoimmune disorders
- Cushing’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (Westie lung disease)
Healthy Pet Preventative Wellness
The old saying goes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If your pet is healthy with no medical concerns but you would like to learn how to successfully integrate diet changes, supplements and preventative treatment modalities then this service is for you. We will review vaccines, supplements, diet and preventative strategies to help keep your pet happy and healthy for years to come!
Arthritis and Mobility
It’s estimated that arthritis affects 20% of dogs and 40-90% of cats. These statistics increase with age, obesity, and concurrent health conditions. While arthritis is not curable, it can be well managed to ensure your pet leads an active lifestyle. We will create a customized treatment plan to address pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. By incorporating the use of supplements, exercise, manual therapy, weight loss, and nutrition, we can help improve the quality of life of your pet. We can also discuss how acupuncture, laser therapy, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, and surgery can be incorporated into the treatment plan when appropriate.
Injury and surgery can lead to muscle atrophy and weakness, decreased flexibility, pain and exercise intolerance. The goals of a post-operative rehabilitation program include improving range of motion, reducing pain and inflammation, developing muscle mass and improving functional use of the affected limb/area. We have experience treating patients following cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) surgery (TPLO, lateral fabellar suture, TTA, CBLO), hip surgery (FHO, hip replacement), fractures, elbow surgery (FCP, OCD), shoulder surgery (OCD, biceps tendonitis) and amputation.
Orthopedic Non-Surgical Management
There are some conditions which can be successfully managed with physical rehabilitation rather than surgery. Examples would include hip dysplasia and arthritis, elbow dysplasia and arthritis, partial cruciate ligament tears, low-grade cases of patellar luxation, muscular pain, certain cases of intervertebral disc disease. It is our goal to assess each patient individually and provide you with all of the treatment options available for helping your pet.
There are many neurological conditions which can benefit from rehabilitation. Neurological disorders such as degenerative myelopathy (DM), fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE), and intervertebral disc disease. Sometimes conditions such as intervertebral disc disease require surgery, but we can help support your pet with recovery from this surgery. At times wheelchairs might be needed for some pets depending on their degree of functional mobility, and we can help fit your pet for a wheelchair if needed.
Over 50% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight. Overweight and obese dogs and cats are more likely to suffer from arthritis earlier in life. Increased weight can lead to other diseases which can impact the quality of life of your pet such as diabetes. We will partner with you to create an individualized nutrition and exercise plan to help your pet lose the weight they need to lose. Just like humans, pets are more likely to lose weight when enrolled in a formal rehabilitation program combining exercise and nutrition.
We are dedicated to providing physical rehabilitation and holistic medicine to the pets of Chicago.