What is Rehabilitation?


Canine Rehabilitation is physical therapy for dogs. We utilize many techniques from human physical therapy to improve range of motion, strength, flexibility and pain management.

Canine Physical Rehabilitation Candidates:

  • Arthritis

  • Degenerative Neurologic Conditions

  • Herniated Discs

  • Gait Abnormalities

  • Post-surgical orthopedic or neurologic problems such as:

    • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery

    • Fracture Repair

    • Patellar Luxation

    • Spinal Surgery



  • Muscle injuries, sprains and strains

  • Senior pets to improve function and quality of life

  • Obesity or weight loss programs

  • Conformational abnormalities


We assess your dog’s entire body for changes such as pain, limping, swelling, reduced range of motion, reduced muscle mass, muscle strains or trigger points, and balance and proprioceptive abilities. After our evaluation, we use a variety of specific therapeutic exercises and modalities to improve function and promote healing, including: land therapeutic exercises, massage, joint manipulations, cryotherapy, acupuncture, laser, electrical stimulation, traditional and alternative medications, supplementation, and proper weight management with nutrition to accomplish our goals.

Goals:

  • Reduce pain

  • Improve balance, proprioception, and muscular strength

  • Increase joint flexibility, function, and range of motion

  • Restore mobility and function through gait retraining

  • Improve cardiovascular and respiratory endurance

  • Improve muscle memory to reduce muscle atrophy and/or nerve damage

  • Accelerate healing and expedite recovery after surgery or illness

  • Enhance weight loss

  • Encourage positive behavior

  • Improve the overall health and quality of life for your dog


In addition to evaluations and programs in our hospital, we encourage you to follow through with a home exercise program developed specifically for your pet. We welcome you to be with your pet during their session.  For intensive rehabilitation cases, we offer boarding for the day or week.