Physical Rehabilitation for South Florida Pets

Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN) is the only hospital in South Florida that exclusively treats neurological disorders in dogs and cats.  As a full-service neurological facility, we offer rehabilitation services to our patients to optimize their chances of a successful recovery.  Just like any person with a surgical or non-surgical neurological problem, an effective physical rehabilitation program is important to maximize recovery.

For certain conditions, such as fibrocartilagenous embolism, degenerative myelopathy and polyneuropathy, physical rehabilitation is the cornerstone of therapy.  Physical rehabilitation may also be recommended after spinal surgery or, in certain cases, instead of surgery.

Conditions that may benefit from physical rehabilitation:

  • Post-operative back surgery (laminectomy)
  • Post-operative neck surgery (ventral slot)
  • Non-surgical management of Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Feline myelopathies
  • Non-compressive nucleus pulposus extrusion
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Wound healing

Goals of physical rehabilitation include:

  • Improve time to recovery from surgery
  • Improve degree of recovery from spinal cord injury
  • Reduce pain, discomfort, and inflammation
  • Improve and maintain muscle strength
  • Improve and maintain joint mobility
  • Improve quality of life
  • Weight loss
Puppy Rehabilitation

Meet the Animal Rehabilitation Team at Southeast Veterinary Neurology!

The physical rehabilitation team at SEVN is made up of rehabilitation specialists who are dedicated to helping your pet recover:

Dr. Jonathan Block

Dr. Jonathan Block - Southeast Veterinary Neurology DVM, CCRT, CVA
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Completed his bachelor's degree at Florida State and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Block then received his certification as a canine rehabilitation therapist and veterinary acupuncturist.

Learn More

Dr. Myri-Ann Melendez

Dr. Myri-Ann Melendez DVM, CCRT
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Completed her undergrad degree at Louisiana State, then worked for North Shore Animal League. She then obtained her certification in canine rehab, which makes her a valuable addition to the SEVN team!

Learn More

Megan Bois

Megan Bois CVT, CCRN
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Nurse

Reviews From The Web

I took Lulu for her therapy after being diagnosed with Dr.Wong, who is an excellent Neurologist. He suggested therapy instead of surgery and referred me to a Canine Rehabilitation Assistant. When I went I took Lulu to Kristen one of their amazing Canine Rehabilitation Assistants. I am beyond grateful, Lulu is now walking and is doing better and better with every therapy. Kristen is a phenomenal therapist, she is caring and patient, and she really shows you she cares for your pet. I absolutely recommend this facility to anyone seeking therapeutic or neurology help. The doctors and staff are amazing!
Source: Google My Business
Maribel Macho
Pet Parent