Safari Veterinary Care Centers Services

Stem Cell Laboratory

Stem Cell Laboratory Processing Stem Cells from your pets own fatty tissues. This sterile process involves using specialized chemical and equipment to gently separate and filter the stem cells from the fatty tissue. The cells are then counted using fluorescent dyes and lights that allow the live cells to be seen under the microscope. The … Continue reading Stem Cell Laboratory


Electrostimulation Therapy or Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is the electrical stimulation of muscles or the nerves that feed muscles. The purpose is to make the muscle contract. This contraction of muscles is necessary when there is nerve damage to the brain, spinal cord or other nerves that feed the muscles and they cannot move on … Continue reading Electrostimulation

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to deliver energy to tissues with two types of effects. Heat energy delivered to tissues Increases blood flow Increases flexibility and extensibility of connective tissue Provides pain relief Muscle relaxation Rapid Vibration of tissues Accelerates inflammatory phase of healing Increases in local circulation Decrease in swelling Endorphin, enkephalin, serotonin release … Continue reading Therapeutic Ultrasound


Modalities for Rehabilitation of pets with a special focus on IVDD patients. Cold Therapy Cold therapy can be an effective treatment for inflammation, pain, and swelling if applied early in the disease process. Cold therapy inhibits the mechanical, physical and chemical actions of pain and inflammation. Cold therapy can be applied using ice and gel … Continue reading Modalities

Heat Therapy

Heat therapy increases blood flow, increases blood vessel permeability and increase cellular chemical reactions. Heat stimulates inflammation and invigorates wound healing. Heat relieves pain relaxes ligaments and tendons, decreases muscle tension and spasms. Heat can be applied using hot packs, heat lamps, warm towels, warm-water blankets, therapeutic ultrasound, laser therapy, warm-water baths, and hydrotherapy units. … Continue reading Heat Therapy

Passive Range of Motion

Passive range of motion (PROM) exercise external force such as your hands used to move a limb through its range of motion. The range of motion refers to the controlled movement of the limbs and joints in flexion, extension, adduction (moving the limb toward the body), and abduction (moving the limb away from the body) … Continue reading Passive Range of Motion

Therapeutic Exercise

Exercise is being recognized as an important part of rehabilitation and the earlier the better. Controlled active therapeutic exercise may be safely performed when closely assisted and attended to by the therapist or the attentive owner. The benefits of therapeutic exercise are abundant. Exercise helps build strength, muscle mass, agility, coordination, and cardiovascular health. In … Continue reading Therapeutic Exercise

Adipose Tissue Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine techniques offer long-term tissue repairing options with the possibility to restore intervertebral disc function. Stem cells have the potential to repopulate and regenerate the IVD. There are several potential sources of stem cells, including adipose tissue, bone marrow, and other tissues such as embryonic and fetal stem cells. Embryonic and … Continue reading Adipose Tissue Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy

Therapeutic massage

This involves the manual or mechanical manipulation of soft tissues and muscle by rubbing, kneading, or tapping. Benefits of massage include: Increased circulation in the area of massage Reduced muscle spasm Reduction in swelling Breakdown of scar tissue formation The effects of massage are both mechanical and neurologic. The neurologic effects are due to the … Continue reading Therapeutic massage

Intervertebral Disc Disease Anatomy and Pathophysiology

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is a serious disease of the vertebral column affecting the spinal cord, causing pain and neurologic damage. IVDD can affect all dogs but is predominantly a disease of dogs with chondrodystrophy. Chondrodystrophic pets are literally those with “bad cartilage growth,” including but not limited to the Dachshund, Corgi, Cocker Spaniel, Shih … Continue reading Intervertebral Disc Disease Anatomy and Pathophysiology