Rehabilitative medicine is essentially physical therapy for animals. Rehabilitation services are vital to ensuring that your pet can eventually regain their comfortability in order to live a happy and healthy life. At Princeton Animal Hospital & Carnegie Cat Clinic, we are proud to have Dr. Michelle Rupp, a certified animal rehabilitation practitioner, on our team. Dr. Rupp has over 20 years of veterinary experience, over half of which has been spent specializing in rehabilitative care. When your pet begins their rehab program with us, Dr. Rupp will work with you to create and implement a rehabilitation plan to help them see the best possible improvement to their quality of life.
There are many reasons why your pet might benefit from rehabilitation. If your pet is suffering from pain due to an injury or chronic health condition, if they've recently undergone orthopedic surgery, or if they simply aren't living as comfortably as they could be, our rehabilitative services may be able to help.
Most of Dr. Rupp's patients are geriatric dogs with nonspecific symptoms, such as:
difficulty climbing stairs
scuffling their feet
soreness after walks
We do also offer rehabilitation to cats.
Based on the condition of your pet and your goals for them, Dr. Rupp will create and implement a rehabilitation plan to restore as much mobility as possible and eliminate pain. Any of the following treatment modalities may be recommended:
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy
TENS therapy for pain
As your pet progresses, our team will keep careful records and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the rehabilitation process is successful. With advanced equipment and progressive methodology, we dedicate ourselves to providing the best possible rehabilitation service for your dog, cat, or other pet. Every test, decision, and treatment is customized to the specific needs of you and your pet, and Dr. Rupp will keep you in the loop every step of the way.
Zoey was having problems with her back leg, had trouble walking and looked uncomfortable. Her primary vet, Dr. Odgers, who has been wonderful, let us know a new specialist was coming on board at Princeton Animal Hospital who might be able to help Zoey. That’s when we met Dr. Rupp. Dr. Rupp was very nice and explained treatments that might help Zoey. She made no promises, other than that she would do her best to help Zoey. We appreciated her honesty.
After a few visits it was clear Zoey was better. Zoey had stopped taking walks, one of her favorite things to do, prior to meeting Dr. Rupp. Today Zoey is going for a walk almost every day. A sad Zoey was happy again. Dr. Rupp literally saved Zoey’s life!
We’d like to thank Dr. Rupp from the bottom of our hearts for what she has done for Zoey. We’d also like to thank her assistant Rui, Dr. Odgers and the staff at Princeton Animal Hospital for their excellent care of Zoey. Zoey now looks forward to her treatments! Thank you Dr. Rupp!!!
-Steve, Maureen and Caitlyn Carman