We Practice More than just Medicine
A Mission we stand by:
We love our pets. They are irreplaceable members of the family who give us unconditional love. Our mission at Walking Paws Rehab is to give your pet the level of care they deserve. We strive to advance the way we care for animals through rehabilitation and pain management. We specialize in utilizing our hands in a calming way to understand our patients, their ailments, and needs. Our team offers unique and holistic solutions to every pet’s injuries while remaining compassionate. At Walking Paws Rehab we enrich pets lives by helping them to take steps forward again.
We see patients Friday through Sunday at OrthoPets in Westminister. We also offer home visits to the Boulder Community on Monday and Tuesdays.
SERVICES WE OFFER
Our Cutting Edge Laser can help many patients with pain, arthritis, post surgery, wounds, muscle strains, sprains, tendonitis, disc disease, and the list keeps going. Laser therapy can reduce pain, decrease inflammation, restore mobility, decrease muscle spasming, improve blood flow, increase cell replication, increase fibroblast and collagen replication, stimulate cartilage, and promote nerve growth.
Walking Paws works with a local dog pool for patients that could benefit from swimming. Swimming can be used to promote weight loss, strength build, improve flexion,increase cardiovascular health, or allow movement for patients unable to stand or walk. The hydrostatic pressure of water is also great at reducing swelling and relieving sore joints too. By utilizing buoyancy one can off load the joints or injured area while allowing safe build up of muscles.
Walking Paws partners with a mobile underwater treadmill service to bring hydrotherapy to your home. Walking in the underwater treadmill can be utilized to promote strength building without having to load an injured limb or sore joint. This is service is great for patients post surgery or for those needing to lose weight.
We are also trained massage therapists! Your pet can enjoy a general relaxing massage or targeted therapeutic massage to relieve pain and tension.
At Walking Paws Rehab we are partners with Orthopets. Through advance training we are able to assist clients in deciding whether an orthotic is the right solution for their pet. We can make a mold of your pet’s limb, assist with the design process, and perform fittings of orthotics or prosthetics. Walking in a brace or new limb is challenging so we can help train pets how to utilize their new device.
At Walking Paws Rehab we offer both dry needling and electroacupuncture. Traditionally acupuncture has been used to treat pain, headaches, organ dysfunction, and nausea. However, we can also utilize acupuncture to stimulate nerves treating back disorders, nerve issues, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence. Often we use acupuncture to release trigger points in muscle bellies.
All of our patients receive a home exercise program that consist of videos. We not only treat your pet, but also teach you how to help your pet at home.
We are skilled at finding trigger points in muscles, determining which muscles are tight, and how to safely stretch each muscle. At Walking Paws Rehab we also teach you how to perform stretches and massage on your pet.
Our therapists have advance training in performing mobilizations and range of motion movements to improve alignment, range of motion, and to reduce pain.
Utilized in humans too electrotherapy serves many purposes. By sending an electrical current through an area one can treat pain, stimulate nerves, and build muscle depending on the settings chosen. At Walking Paws Rehab you can purchase or rent a unit to perform sessions at home.
By using pulsed electromagnetic fields one could decrease swelling and reduced pain without heating tissue. The technology was first used amongst plastic surgeons for pain reduction, swelling reduction, and to speed up wound healing. Then it gained popularity amongst orthopedic surgeons to improve bone healing. Now that more studies are evolving, PEMF is being utilized more by pain specialists. In humans PEMF is FDA approved for post operative pain and edema (swelling). At Walking Paws Rehab we have both Respond Beds and ASSISI loops for our pet patients.
By utilizing T Touch Wraps one can reduce anxiety, stimulate nerves, improve alignment, and strength build a specific muscle. We have many techniques to teach owners how to apply wraps at home.
If you have a pet in need of assistance we sell and perform wheelchair fittings. We can help your pet learn how to maneuver in a wheelchair.
Ultrasound therapy is frequently used on muscles and joints. Ultrasound therapy can reduce swelling to an area and decrease pain. It can also heat a muscle belly to improve blood flow and speed up healing. Ultrasounds can relax a muscle belly aiding trigger points and sore areas.
We have many different types of rehab equipment that we get patients on. By asking a pet to perform a certain exercise you can strength build a specific muscle, improve range of motion to a joint, improve balance, or retrain one to walk.
Your dog can look like an Olympic athlete too. Rock taping can be used to lift the skin off the underlying tissue improving blood flow, lymphatic flow, and reducing swelling to an area. It can be used to treat bruises and inhibit pain. We also sell Rocktape and can teach clients how to perform techniques at home.
Whether your pet needs to lose weight or requires a disease specific diet we can help.
If you have a pet in need of weight loss we can help with conditioning through targeted exercises and diet.
Vibration plates can be utilized to help patients with neurologic disease. Vibration therapy can stimulate nerves, enhance proprioception, improve balance, and stimulate muscles to contract. At Walking Paws Rehab we have a whole body vibration plate that can be used during exercises. This is not recommended if you pet has any implants.
"HELPING PETS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY."
Conditions we Commonly diagnose and treat
At Walking Paws Rehab we treat a wide range of conditions. Even though a lot of our patients are referred from a primary vet, neurologist, or orthopedic surgeon a referral is not required. If you notice that your pet has started limping, is getting weaker, slowing down, or exhibiting pain we can help you narrow down what is going on with your pet and what to do about it. Below are common conditions we diagnose and treat, however our expertise are not limited to such conditions.
Cranial cruciate ligament tears
Caudal cruciate ligament tears
Fractures or luxations
Carpal hyperextension injuries
Angular limb deformities
Collateral ligament injuries
Orthotics and Prosthetics
Intervertebral disc disease
Spinal cord trauma
Brachial plexus injury
Facial nerve paralysis
SOFT TISSUE Injuries
Medial shoulder instability
Luxating long digital extensors
Any sprain or strain
Danyel Wynn, DVM, CCRT, cVMA
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. I hope I could be of service to you, your family, and your special loved ones. A little about me... I started my career working at an equine rehabilitation center. We would rehabilitate injured or abused horses and once healed train them to help special needs children through hippotherapy. This is where my passion for helping animals began and what motivated me to pursue college. I received my bachelors in physiology and veterinary science from the University of Arizona. Throughout college I worked as a veterinary technician at a wonderful practice in Tucson. I also performed research at the Arizona Cancer Center where I researched drug development to prevent the migration of ovarian cancer.
After graduating I moved to Colorado to pursue my doctorates in veterinary medicine at the amazing Colorado State University. Shortly after passing boards I worked in South Africa in wildlife anesthesiology. Through my time in Africa I was able to treat rhinos, lions, giraffes, wildebeests, monkeys, zebra, sables, etc. It was a great experience that taught me to think outside the box in my cases. Upon returning to the US I started working in general practice while pursuing my specialization in rehabilitation and medical based acupuncture. I received my rehabilitation degree through Canine Rehabilitation Institute, acupuncture certification through Colorado State University, and massage certification through International Academy of Medical Massage for Animals. I then pursued continuing education in pain management through Peak Performance and orthotics/prosthetics through Orthopets.
I transitioned from general practice to working as a rehabilitation veterinarian at one of the local rehab clinics. Shortly after starting I was promoted to medical director in which I developed a training program for all new doctors and technicians. I mentored for Canine Rehabilitation Institute and taught for Bel Rea Community College. While working as medical director I developed my vision for a dream practice. I dreamt of a practice that offered the latest medicine with some of the brightest doctors. A team trained to perform thorough exams and whom embodied the skill set to see some of the most challenging cases. A compassionate practice that could help many in need and give back to the community. I dreamt of working in Boulder, one of the most pet friendly communities in the nation. In 2017 I decided to stop dreaming and make this practice a reality... Walking Paws Rehab- A place where we help pets get back on their paws!
I welcome everyone to the practice. If you are looking for someone to help with your aging or injured pet please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Jerri Miller, PT, DPT, CCRT
Dr. Jerri A. Miller graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1981 with a B.S. in Physical Therapy. She moved to Boulder in 1991 and worked with the student population at CU- Boulder until 2016. She completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2008 and became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in December 2016. She feels the transition from human Physical Therapy to Canine Rehabilitation has been fun and enjoys working with dogs and their parents. Dr. Miller assists with bringing the latest practice with humans into the realm of canine rehabilitation. She never settles with her knowledge and is always advancing her skills. Dr. Miller believes the client doctor relationship is most important and looks forward to building strong partnerships with her clients. She is known for her calming presence in appointments that both clients and pets appreciate. Outside of appointments you may find her running, hiking, or biking in the foothills of Boulder.
Rachel Rode, CVT
Rachel has always had a life long passion of being with and helping animals. Her childhood dream was to become a zookeeper which directed her down this path of working with animals. She grew up in Connecticut as a docent at Berdsley Zoo and volunteered many summers on a farm in upstate New York. Rachel pursued a Bachelors in Biology at Florida Atlantic University. There she was first exposed to veterinary rehabilitation with the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Rachel was part of a team that worked in sea turtle conservation and education. Her focus was on healing injured wildlife who suffered traumatic amputations from boats. This experience motivated Rachel to further her speciality into rehabbing injured animals. In 2014 she moved to Colorado to become a veterinary technician. And in 2018 Rachel graduated from Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She joined Walking Paws Rehab shortly after and has been instrumental in helping the practice grow. Rachel brings a positive energy to each appointment. Although her focus is on the human animal bond she is most known for making clients feel comfortable.
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What to Expect At Your First Appointment:
Our first appointments are very thorough. Your pet will receive an orthopedic, neurologic, and soft tissue exam. Based on exam findings we will recommend next steps and develop a treatment plan to address each issue. We work closely with your primary or speciality veterinarian to give recommendations. If time permits your pet may receive treatments that day. Furthermore, you will also receive a home exercise program so that we can start addressing your concerns.
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WALL OF FAME
Can a BRACE HELP YOUR PET? YESSS!!!
Many clients reach out to us searching for an alternative to surgery. At Walking Paws Rehab our team is well skilled in the field of veterinary orthotics and prosthetics. Whether your pet has a cranial cruciate tear, tendon injury, dysplasia, traumatic injury, or amputation we have many options as an OrthoPets clinic to help your pet return to full function.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
If you are interested in purchasing an orthotic or prosthetic for your pet the first step is to set up an orthotic initial evaluation with us. At that appointment we perform a thorough exam to confirm diagnosis and determine what forces need to be corrected by an orthotic. Often we will request radiographs from your primary veterinarian to ensure no other ailments are present that can affect the prognosis of an orthotic. If your pet is a good candidate for an orthotic or prosthetic we will take measurements and create a mold of the injured limb. Our team will work closely with OrthoPets to create a prescription of what the device will look like. Once the brace is finished we will perform a fitting appointment and teach you how to place the brace on and how to help your pet adapt to walking in a brace. Follow up appointments are required to ensure proper fit, prevent sores, and assist with returning to full function.