VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital


What is Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, ultrasound, cryotherapy, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation  to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions.  

How Will My Pet Benefit From Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation can restore, maintain and promote optimal function and mobility; enhance recovery post-operatively; alleviate pain; improve circulation, coordination and range of motion; provide confidence and comfort in geriatric patients.

Is My Pet A Candidate For Rehabilitation?

Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from animal rehabilitation. Any animal suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, obesity or muscle weakness can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation.

Conditions That Respond Well To Rehabilitation:

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
Hip Dysplasia
Patellar Luxations
Osteochondritis Dessicans
Soft Tissue Injuries
Neurological Conditions:

Degenerative Myelopathy
Fibrocartilaginous Emboli
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Lumbosacral Stenosis
General Health/Wellness:

Athletic Conditioning
Cardiovascular Fitness
Obesity-Weight Loss
Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill enables dogs to begin the rehabilitation process earlier than normal. The low-impact exercise offered by the underwater treadmill allows the animal to transition more quickly to land-based therapy by increasing muscle strength and endurance with the natural properties of water buoyancy, resistance and heat.

Our rehabilitative therapies include:

  • Water Therapy (underwater treadmill) - Increase muscle strength, improves cardiovascular health; neuromuscular retraining
  • Therapeutic Laser  Therapy - Stimulates tissue healing, decrease inflammation and reduces pain
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound - Speeds healing, reduces scar tissue formation
  • Therapeutic Massage/Range of Motion Therapy - Improves circulation, reduces muscle spasm and tension, improves joint mobility, provides pain relief
  • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation - Treats muscle atrophy, pain management
  • Therapeutic Exercise - Strengthens muscles, tendons and ligaments;
  • Customized at home therapeutic exercise plans - Rebuild strength, muscle mass and neuromuscular retraining
  • Thermo- and Cryo-therapies - Relieves pain and inflammation

If you would like to learn more about the Rehabilitation services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call.

Services Offered in Rehabilitation


General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

The Emergency & Critical Care Services Department is open 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. No appointment or referral is necessary.