R.A.W. of­fers well­ness treat­ment, phys­i­cal ther­apy for pets

The Catoosa County News - - FRONT PAGE - By Adam Cook

An­i­mals in North Ge­or­gia and the Chat­tanooga area are get­ting the full-scale treat­ment in re­cov­ery nowa­days thanks the Re­gional An­i­mal Well­ness cen­ter in Ring­gold, which of­fers phys­i­cal ther­apy and ex­er­cise for pets re­cov­er­ing from in­juries.

Re­gional An­i­mal Well­ness (R.A.W.) has been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity since it opened its doors in Jan­uary 2016, due to nu­mer­ous treat­ments it of­fers ail­ing an­i­mals.

Owner Jean­nette Colombo says she ful­filled a life-long dream by open­ing the cen­ter last year. It spe­cial­izes in ex­er­cise, agility, and ther­apy for dogs and horses.

“It’s some­thing I’ve al­ways wanted to do, so my hus­band and I bought the build­ing a few years ago and be­gan ren­o­vat­ing it,” Colombo said. “We have a play­room, and an un­der­wa­ter tread­mill room to help the an­i­mals build their mus­cles. ... It’s harder for them to walk through the wa­ter than through air.”

Colombo, a li­censed prac­ti­tioner in both ca­nine and equine re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, says R.A.W. isn’t lim­ited to just help­ing in­jured or

Re­gional An­i­mal Well­ness LLC.

R.A.W. of­fers un­der­wa­ter tread­mill treat­ment for its pa­tients.

The fa­cil­ity is lo­cated at 5353 Bat­tle­field Park­way in Ring­gold. (Ca­toosa News pho­tos/ Adam Cook) ba­si­cally any dog with a job, like po­lice K-9s. I would ac­tu­ally love to set up a prac­tice ring for K-9 cops, but we haven’t quite got­ten there yet. It’s some­thing we’d love to do down the road.”

R.A.W. of­fers treat­ment in or­tho­pe­dic trauma, chronic pain, ath­letic con­di­tion­ing, neu­ro­logic in­juries, pre/post-oper­a­tive treat­ment, nu­tri­tional sup­port, un­der­wa­ter tread­mill treat­ment, mas­sage ther­apy,

acu­pres­sure, and mi­crocur­rent ther­apy.

All treat­ments are based on re­fer­rals from vet­eri­nar­i­ans.

“We have to have a vet­eri­nary re­fer­ral,” Colombo said. “The rea­son­ing be­hind that is, I don’t di­ag­nose. The vets di­ag­nose the pa­tients, and then we treat them. Also, we want to make sure ev­ery client is up to date on their shots and things like that. Once I get the re­fer­ral, we sched­ule an ap­point­ment and go from there.”

Colombo said she doesn’t have spe­cific hours be­cause she likes to stay open to the pa­tient’s sched­ule.

“Some peo­ple work third shift, some work nine to five, so we try leave room to sched­ule for ev­ery­body,” she said. “If the only day some­one has avail­able is on the week­end, we can try to treat them then.”

Each day Colombo is joined at the fa­cil­ity by her three dogs, of­fice man­ager Miah Emilia, as­sis­tant Ethel Ri­ley, and new­comer El­wood Blues who’s “on a mis­sion from God”.

Colombo ded­i­cates her work to the mem­ory her Labrador Ready Jade and horse Cricket, both of whom passed away ear­lier this year.

“We lost two of our pets, one dog and one horse,” Colombo said. “They were great an­i­mals and we re­ally miss them.”

More in­for­ma­tion about the fa­cil­ity and its ser­vices can be found on­line at re­gion­alan­i­mal­well­ness.com.

Left: Re­gional An­i­mal Well­ness (R.A.W.) owner Jean­nette Colombo spends a lit­tle time out­side her fa­cil­ity with her three dogs. From left: Miah Emilia, 14, Ethel Ri­ley, 2, and El­wood Blues, seven months. (Ca­toosa News photo/ Adam Cook)

Be­low:

Ring­gold res­i­dent Bella sits in the R.A.W. play­room, which of­fers nu­mer­ous ex­er­cises for pets. (Con­trib­uted photo) ac­ces­sories to keep pets look­ing sharp. (Ca­toosa News pho­tos/Adam Cook) Right: R.A.W. also of­fers cloth­ing and

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