Just like humans that practice medicine, an animal doctor can also be a specialist. Dr. Mark Brown is one of the few veterinarians in Florida who is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). At Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Brown custom-designs rehabilitation plans for suffering dogs. Injured, post-surgical, and arthritic dogs receive an improved quality of life; the process includes an expert combination of science and medicine, controlled exercise, diet plans, and tender loving care.
Methods of Rehabilitation for Dogs in Tampa
Has your pet suffered a hip, knee, or leg injury? If surgery is required, a program of physical therapy or rehab may also be necessary to get your dog moving normally again without pain. Tampa Bay K9 uses a variety of specialized rehab equipment to encourage the return of mobility and therefore advance the healing process. Our animal doctor may prescribe hydrotherapy workouts on the underwater treadmill or periodic supervised dips in the swim tank to promote muscle building. Our center also has ramps, stairs, and Cavaletti rails to aid in restorative balance therapy.
Chronic arthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease or DJD) responds to treatment with a combination of medicines, low-level laser therapy, and physical therapy. As dogs get older, the wear and tear on their bodies takes its toll. A customized system of treatment may restore good health and range of motion. Since the TBK9 opened in 2004, Dr. Brown and the staff here have successfully treated hundreds, if not thousands, of dogs in distress. We were the first full-service canine rehabilitation clinic with a rehab-certified animal doctor in the area!
Mark Brown, DVM, CCRP: Know Your Animal Doctor
A native of Florida, Mark Brown began working with St. Petersburg-based Central Animal Hospital in 1979. He earned his undergraduate and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Auburn University, returned to the Tampa Bay area, and eventually purchased the practice. He graduated from the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s Canine Rehabilitation program and became a CCRP. Along with canine rehabilitation, his special interests lie in advanced dentistry and diagnostic medicine. Dr. Brown is a three-time recipient of the Florida Veterinary Medical Association’s Gold Star Award for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine. Also, he and his family share their home with five Boston terriers — so you can rest assured this is one animal doctor who’s also an animal lover!