Over the last decade, we have seen numerous advances in veterinary medicine. One of the most recent advances is that of Physical Rehabilitation of our canine friends. Research indicates that loss of muscle mass begins within 24 hours following surgery or serious injury. An increase in swelling occurs, in addition to loss of muscle control and stiffening of joints, when rehabilitation is delayed..
Best Care Animal Hospital is excited to offer to our community the latest in Physical Rehabilitation Medicine. Two of our Team Members, Gwenn Hartley, RVT and Steven Elliott, DVM have completed the extensive program at the University of Tennessee and are now Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP).
Our program employs the use of both an underwater and land treadmill, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, and numerous other treatment modalities and exercises. Our goals through therapy are to decrease pain, increase strength, improve mobility and improve circulation.
Who can benefit from rehabilitation? Many patients will benefit from rehabilitation, especially those with orthopedic disorders (Arthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, post surgical recovery from anterior cruciate ligament or patella luxation repair), neurological disorders (intervertebral disc disease or rupture, degenerative myelopathy, or trauma), and those pets needing assistance with weight management.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Gwenn or Dr. Elliott at (727) 846-8899. They are available Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm or Saturdays from 7:30am to 12:00pm.
Dr. Elliott is a native of the Midwest, growing up in small town Iowa. His love for animals early in life put him on track to becoming a veterinarian. He received his undergraduate from Buena Vista University before obtaining his doctor of veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1995. After Practicing five years in Minnesota, Dr. Elliott found his way to fun and sun in Florida and has practiced with Animal Care Center INC. ever since.
In 2008 Dr. Elliott completed training at the University of Tennessee for Certification in Canine Rehabilitation. This became a special interest of Dr. Elliott’s after realizing he could offer more to his patients that were recovering from surgeries, suffering injuries, arthritis and obesity or needing more physical fitness.
Dr. Elliott lives with his wife, Dr. Kim Cox who is a veterinary surgeon, a beautiful daughter and a house full of pets.
When away from the hospital he enjoys spending time with his family, singing with the church praise band and when possible playing golf and fishing.