Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Pet rehabilitation promotes healing and mobility in animals through specialized therapies, exercises, and care, enhancing their overall well-being.

About Rehabilitation and Wellness Center

Physical therapy for canines adapts human physical therapy techniques to increase the function and mobility of joints and muscles. Our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Technicians and veterinarians will asses and create a specialized plan that best meets your pet’s needs. Some of the resources available in our Rehab department include Laser and underwater therapy.

Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning

We are proud to offer canine rehabilitation and conditioning here at VVH. As with physical therapy for people, canine rehabilitation can be used for a number of conditions. Whether your dog is an athlete or a couch potato, a show dog or a pound puppy, conditioning is one area of rehabilitation that every dog could benefit from. You will see great improvement in your dog’s ability to move, willingness to play, and overall attitude as we work to improve joint function, improve muscle mass and condition, improve endurance and performance, and reduce pain.

Conditions commonly treated with rehabilitation include:

    • Post surgical recovery
    • Muscle conditions: sprains, tendonitis, muscle weakness
    • Disc disease
    • Joint conditions: arthritis, contractures
    • Wound management
    • Pain management
    • Circulation and edema problems
    • Weight loss/ management
    • Performance problems in the athlete
Treatments are similar to those in the human field. Many of the procedures will be performed here by our certified rehabilitator (CCRP) as well as by the owner at home. A complete program will be set up for you and your pet to offer the greatest opportunity for improvement.

Treatment Modalities:

    • Thermotherapy: Heat and Cold
    • Massage Therapy
    • Electrical Stimulation for both pain control and muscle conditioning
    • Land Treadmill
    • Aquatic Therapy
    • Therapeutic Exercise
    • Therapeutic Laser (Class IV)

    Your pet will be examined by one of our veterinarians along with our CCRP to determine the best treatment. The veterinarian will oversee your dog’s case until discharged from rehabilitation.

    Rehabilitation Stories


    Pebbles came to us in December, just about 2 weeks after cervical disc surgery. She was completely non-ambulatory and weak. She could hold her body weight if we stood her up but was unable to move her limbs or balance on her own.

    We began rehabilitation efforts starting with passive exercises and laser therapy. The owner was given specific exercises to do at home. Pebbles came in for in-patient therapy 2-3 times a week, starting with very simple exercises like assisted standing. She began to make progress after only 2 weeks, moving her hind legs first.

    Underwater treadmill sessions were added during her visits to try to encourage her to move her legs with the assistance of the buoyancy of the water. Although she did not find this activity to be one of her favorites, it did prove to be valuable in our rehabilitation efforts early on.

    About 5 weeks into her rehabilitation, we also added Acupuncture to her visits. Dr. Brant treated Pebbles once a week for 5 weeks. Treatments were spread out until she was only being treated once a month. She was also started on Chinese Herbals.

    Each new small movement was a milestone and Pebbles continued to work hard. More exercises were added as she became stronger and she gained both better balance and proprioception. Pebbles was beginning to be able to push herself up and move her legs on her own but still needed help to balance.

    We began balance work with the use of a physioroll and balance board. Laser therapy continued once a week and her therapy sessions continued twice weekly.

    In April, 4 months after starting rehabilitation, Pebbles was fully able to perform all of her daily activities. She was still very light on muscle and her owners were instructed on how to continue exercises at home. She came for one last acupuncture treatment and one last rehabilitation session. On May 15th, Pebbles was discharged from rehabilitation.

    Pebbles continues to do very well. She demonstrated her abilities at this year’s State Fair in The Veterinary Hall of Health during the rehabilitation presentations. Pebbles was able to attend her mom’s wedding in October 2015 and is now back to her old self, with no limits to her ability.