When your dog becomes sick or hurt unexpectedly, it is important to know that there is a canine hospital in the area that can help. At the Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, we treat a variety of injuries and illnesses to ensure healthy recoveries for all pups. Our facility uses the latest technological advancements available in the field of veterinary medicine, so you know your loved one is receiving the best care possible with us.

Should You Take Your Pet to A Canine Hospital?

Whether your pooch was injured or is experiencing issues associate with old age, visiting a canine hospital is the best way you can help restore your dog’s health, wellness, and spirit. More specifically, pup parents often seek the services of Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center when their dogs are recovering from surgeries, suffering from preexisting muscle or joint issues, or developing conditions associated with old age.

Surgical Recovery

When dogs undergo surgery, they can often develop limited mobility or even suffer from paralysis, especially after spinal surgeries. In order to better recover from a surgical procedure, pets should receive rehabilitation therapy in the early post-operative care period, as neurological recovery time is complex.

Knee Injuries and Conditions

Although there are certain breeds more prone to knee problems than others—Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, golden retrievers, Rottweiler’s, Newfoundland’s, and obese dogs—any dog can be at risk because of basic canine anatomy. Unlike humans, a dog’s natural standing position puts a lot of pressure on the knee joints and ligaments, making all dogs susceptible to knee problems.

  • CLL Rupture. If you notice your dog is limping in his hind legs, it may mean that he has torn or ruptured his cranial cruciate ligament (CLL), which is responsible for stabilizing the knee joint by keeping the tibia in place beneath the femur. Typically the veterinarian at your local Tampa canine hospital can diagnose this during a physical exam.
  • Partial Knee Ligament Tear. In some cases, the CLL doesn’t completely rupture and instead tears partially. Unfortunately, this is harder to diagnose with a physical exam, and often an MRI is needed to do so.
  • Luxating Patella. Some know this condition as “trick knee” because it is a condition in which the kneecap dislocates. Sometimes luxating patella is a congenital defect, but it can also be caused by blunt trauma to the knee. Commonly found in smaller dog breeds, this condition varies in severity.

Treatment options vary depending on your dog’s mobility and discomfort, but rehabilitation is always important to speed the healing process and reduce pain. Consult with a canine hospital in Tampa if you notice your dog exhibiting signs of lameness in his hind legs.

Geriatric Neurological Conditions

As much as we love our senior pets, it is important to keep an eye out for conditions associated with aging, such as intervertebral disc rupture or bulge, spondylosisdeformans, vertebral instability, lumbosacral stenosis, and degenerative myelopathy. Although large dog breeds are more commonly affected with these conditions, they can be seen in any senior dog.

If your pooch is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, visit a Tampa area canine hospital as soon as possible:

  • Weakness standing, sitting up, or lying down
  • Unsteady walking
  • Incontinence
  • Partial or complete paralysis

A definitive diagnosis of your pup’s condition will require a physical exam, X-ray, or MRI, but there are a variety of treatment methods available to improve mobility and reduce discomfort.


Just like in humans, arthritis is inflammation of the joints caused by overuse, aging, or injury. In some rarer cases, infection, immune-mediated diseases, or tumors may cause inflammation. Depending on the cause of the degenerative joint disease, some pets may need to undergo surgery, stem cell treatment, laser therapy, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) pain management.

About Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center

As the first full-service canine hospital rehabilitation center established in the area more than a decade ago, the Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, located inside the Central Animal Hospital, offers superior individual treatment plans for injured, post-surgical, arthritic, or aging dogs.

We know that your pet is a valued member of your family. This is why we make it our goal to restore mobility and enhance quality of life through our extensive services:

  • Underwater Treadmill
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Arthritis Treatment
  • Swim Tank
  • Stairs and Ramps
  • Cavaletti Rails
  • Dry Land Exercises
  • Treatment for Knee Injuries
  • Thera-Ball Therapy
  • Hot Moist Heat Therapy
  • Low Level (Cold) Laser Therapy
  • Therapeutic Massage Therapy
  • Chiropractic Therapy

To learn more about how our Tampa Bay canine hospital can help your pooch, call today at (727) 521-3518. We want to hear your pet’s story and devise a plan to help.