Physical Rehabilitation

Physical rehabilitation has an established scientific basis in companion animals used to restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical function.  Treatment for dogs during recovery from surgery, or for progressive chronic and acute conditions can help to prevent or minimize clinical signs, permanent loss of mobility and function, as well as slow the progression of certain diseases such as osteoarthritis.  We uses non-invasive techniques such as electrical muscle stimulation, joint mobilization, thermotherapy, cryotherapy, massage and stretching.  Additionally, therapeutic laser compliments physical rehab services.

Therapeutic exercises designed to assist your pet by improving strength, flexibility, balance and coordination include; cavaletti rails, physiorolls, therabands, treadmill, as well as trampolines and balance boards.  Common conditions we treat are osteoarthritis, post-fracture or dislocation repair, neurologic conditions that result in weakness or ataxia, and several other types of acute or chronic injuries.


Rehabilitation can be used in any pet with movement disorders, weakness, pain, or limited endurance.  This includes recovery from an orthopedic or other surgery, as well as dogs with arthritis, tendonitis, and other soft tissue injuries. Hunting, working dogs, and those dogs that perform strenuous physical activities, such as agility, racing, field trials, and Schutzhund are also ideal candidates.

Results can often be seen after the first 30 minute session, but recovery is highly dependent on the extent of the condition or injury, and each patient. Several sessions over a period of time are generally implemented for optimal outcome. Certain modalities and exercises may be used throughout life to maintain function, wellness, and quality of life.


A referral is needed by your primary care veterinarian, then a plan will be developed, specifically tailored to your pet’s needs.  An initial evaluation involves assessing strength, balance, pain and motion of joints, as well as gait analysis.  This information provides an understanding of your pet’s limitations and how we can target them during therapy, and evaluate progress.  The number of sessions in the clinic is case dependent, and a home exercise program is almost always implemented.  Your primary care vet will stay informed of progress as rehabilitation moves forward.