Posts from April, 2014
We are dedicated to extraordinary pet care.
We believe in creating an experience that compels our clients to trust us with the care of their animals and to rave about how they and their pets are treated when they visit our hospital.
We want every team member to want to be here, to be fully engaged in the work that we do and to feel good about this hospital and their accomplishments here.
We value the growth of our people. We choose engagement, learning and effort over perfection and we know that mistakes happen and our job is to learn from them.
We value service over speed and put the needs of the client and the pet before our own procedures or internal challenges.
We strive every day to create a positive, enthusiastic culture where we work together to achieve great things for our clients and their pets.
It’s funny at times, when we hear certain words and our minds portray something other than what is intended. At times, our staff will tell a client that I am unavailable because I am in rehab. This statement has been met with pause, with a chuckle, with an “Oh my”, and sometimes with an understanding affirmation. Just to be certain here, when I am in rehab, I am performing Canine Rehab on a patient!
We use the term Canine Rehabilitation Therapy because we are not allowed to use the term Physical Therapy. The trained professionals that are Physical Therapists have the legal right, and rightfully so, to the title Physical Therapist. But just because the names are different, the practices have many similarities.
Canine Rehabbers are first and foremost concerned with the well being and functionality of the patient. Can I improve my patient’s ability to function, e.g. walk, run, eliminate, perform life’s daily functions? Can I help to control or eliminate pain? weakness? incoordination?
The answer to these questions is usually yes. I say usually, because there are no guarantees that we can help every patient. But the majority of the time we can. I will also emphasize the word help. Many chronic, degenerative conditions are not curable. BUT, they can be improved upon.
I became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist two years ago and have loved every minute of it. The vast majority of my cases have seen significant improvement when compared to where we started. I have performed Canine Rehab on geriatric patients, neurological patients, post-op patients, and those with unspecified injuries. It is extremely rewarding to see the gains they have made to normal or mostly normal functionality (depending on the individual’s situation).
Please feel free to browse our website and learn more about Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center: https://www.fosteranimalhospital.com/veterinary-services/canine-rehabilitation.html. I am also a phone call, 704-786-0104 or an email, firstname.lastname@example.org away!
All the best,
Stephen E Foster, DVM, CCRT
Foster Animal Hospital, P.A.
Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center
730 Concord Parkway North
Concord, NC 28027