“Deborah is a skilled, thoughtful, thorough and kind practitioner. Her service is a bargain, but also a fantastic investment in your pet’s health. We owe our 13-year-old Lab/Shep’s health to Deborah’s care.
Our dog has always been a happy athlete, so when she hurt her knee 3 years ago, we were saddened at the end of her active life, as we didn’t think she was a good candidate for surgery.
We found Deborah on an Internet search, and we are so glad we did. Deborah showed us that in many cases, rehab is a better choice than surgery (and if you do surgery, rehab is the best way to ensure a full recovery).
Deborah came to our home, allowing our dog to be evaluated and to learn her new therapy routine in the reassuring comfort of familiar surroundings. Deborah helped us identify places within walking distance that were well suited for daily exercises. Deborah’s recommendations were holistic–how can we make our home safer for a recovering dog? what nutritional supplements or dietary changes will help? how can we convince our pet to submit to icing and exercises?
We have recommended Deborah’s services to many friends and will continue to do so.”
Andrea W. Round Rock, TX
“Congrats Deborah Carroll, and goodie for pet owners everywhere! Deborah just published an eBook teaching owners how to rehabilitate dog knee injuries. Deborah supervised Jasmine’s rehab and gets full credit for our furry athlete’s recovery a few years ago.”
Client, Round Rock, TX
(I met Jasmine in 2010 and her caretaker-mom wrote a 2nd review, above, after I published the intro plan for recovery on Amazon in November, 2013)
“My hound/shepherd mix (Oki) was diagnosed with a torn ACL. After a consult with a surgical vet, I wanted to see what other options were available for Oki. Post-surgical recovery carried a high risk of “catastrophic failure” of my dog’s back leg and seemed like an extremely painful and difficult trial to put my dog through. My vet recommended Deborah as an alternative.
After consulting with Deborah, we decided to try an alternative approach to surgery. She was realistic and said that he might still have to get surgery because of his size (90+lbs) but it was worth trying to heal the ACL through rehabilitation exercises, chiropractic care and restricted movement (no running, jumping).
(Note from Rehabdeb…I met Oki and Michelle in May, 2009. Since then I’ve seen hundreds of large dogs recovery extremely well without surgery for torn knee ligament, and I would never have the surgery again on one of my own dogs…no need)…
Deborah set up a detailed care plan for me (beginning here) and was always available when I had questions. We set up periodic appointments to monitor Oki’s progress and make adjustments to his rehab exercises.
It took about 6 months, but Oki’s ACL healed well and he never needed surgery or pain meds. He also thoroughly enjoyed his chiropractic adjustments. He was able to go back to almost all normal activities and avoided the pain and trauma of surgery.
Since then, Deborah has become my go to person whenever one of my dogs is injured. She offers practical and realistic advice, has great rapport with the dogs and I trust her opinion completely. Most importantly, Deborah is always thinking of the dog’s comfort and quality of life – allowing me to make informed decisions that maximize the benefit for my dogs.”
“Deborah Carroll provides effective exercises for physical therapy that are non-invasive and can be done at home with successful outcomes.
This is a great introduction book that explains the physical therapy instead of surgery route and what it means for you and your pet. These guidelines and exercises are a way of treating a torn ligament that works as long as you and your pet are ready to take the time to achieve results.
Surgery is not always inevitable, and Deborah Carroll provides an alternative.
My dog has followed these guidelines and has had great results. At the time of her injury she could not walk on her back leg (torn ACL, meniscus). Through working with the support of our veterinarian for pain management, the physical therapy, and suggested diet changes, she not only walks on all her legs again, she can go for long walks, climb hills and stairs and pull me down the sidewalk.
We are proof that you can successfully rehab your pet at home without the trauma and recovery of surgery.”