Haven Lake Opens Rehab Center

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Black lab Zoey Williams participating in rehabilitation after surgery.
Black lab Zoey Williams participating in rehabilitation after surgery.

Haven Lake Animal Hospital has now become the only facility in lower Delaware to offer full rehabilitation services for dogs of all sizes. Whether looking for postoperative care or conditioning, individuals will be able to provide their pets with the latest in rehabilitation technology. Adding the new Rehabilitation Center to their facility on Milford-Harrington Highway, Have Lake Animal Hospital has expanded their services to help with problems associated with surgery, aging and inactivity.

In April 1999 Haven Lake Animal Hospital was started by Dr. Chris Coon in Milford on Route 14. An animal lover his entire life, Dr. Coon graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Science in Agriculture, attended Veterinary School at the University of Minnesota and served his 1-year internship at Kansas State.

After practicing veterinary medicine in Dover for 5 years, Dr. Coons decided to move his practice to Milford to serve the community of Milford, which he thought had great potential and a large population of animal lovers. Now employing 22 individuals, Haven Lake Animal Hospital has 5 veterinary doctors on staff including doctors Audrey Adkins, Kathy Francis, Diane Holm, Natalie Titus and Chris Coons.

In 2008 Haven Lake saw its first major expansion, doubling the size of the facility. Services offered at the animal hospital include Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services, Surgical Service, Dentistry, Radiology Services and Dietary Counseling. With over 10,000 active files, Haven Lake opened the new Rehabilitation Center in April of this year.

“Physical therapy is one of the largest growing fields in veterinary medicine,” commented Dr. Coon. “It is a better way to improve the health of our patients and is a more comprehensive solution to their overall health. We want to parallel the health care services available to humans during the recovery process.”

The new facility will feature an endless swimming pool and an underwater treadmill to aid in the recovery process. Although the facility will be used for postoperative rehabilitation, Dr. Coon states that the equipment will also serve to aid dogs dealing with arthritis, orthopedic aging problems, agility, weight loss and conditioning for active dogs.

“Rehabilitation can be very helpful for older large breed dogs with arthritis and any age dog with lack of ability for exercise or weight problems,” commented Dr. Coon. “We have also seen that rehabilitation is beneficial for older dogs starting to develop neurological problems.”

Continuing into the future of veterinary medicine, Dr. Coon is looking into the newest microscopy surgery practices for animals. As always he believes that continuing to educate his staff and the community about the newest veterinary technology is critical to his business.

“We plan on growing and offering the same great care we always have,” stated Dr. Coons.

Haven Lake Animal Hospital is committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of each pet. Their services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets, early detection and treatment of disease as pets age. For more information on  Haven Lake Animal Hospital visit www.havenlakeanimalhospital.com or call 302-422-8100.