VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center

The benefits of rehabilitation include improved quality of life for your pet through decreased pain and increased strength and endurance, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

Animals that have experienced a musculoskeletal or neurologic injury, have undergone surgery, or have degenerative or chronic joint conditions will benefit from physical therapy. Rehabilitation is also beneficial for older animals that have decreased mobility, overweight dogs needing a comprehensive weight loss program, and perfor-mance dogs needing fitness training to gain a competitive edge or for treatment of a sports injury.

Services available include hydrotherapy allowing your pet to benefit both from the buoyancy of water as well as the resistance, land treadmill, electrical stimulation for neuromuscular reeducation and pain control, Pulsed Signal Therapy for treatment of degenerative conditions, manual therapy including massage, joint mobilization, indirect osteopathic techniques, and cranial sacral therapy, and therapeutic exercise programs specifically tailored to meet your pet's needs.

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What is Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, ultrasound, cryotherapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation and acupuncture 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 postoperatively; 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:

Orthopedic Conditions:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxations
  • Fractures
  • 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.

Services Offered in


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

VCA Mission Animal Referral and Emergency Center '" 913-722-5566

In a life-threatening emergency situation, take your pet to an emergency facility immediately. Heavy or difficult breathing, weakness or collapse, pain/vocalizing, seizures, protracted vomiting or diarrhea, and unresponsiveness are just a few signs that warrant immediate attention. If your pet has ingested a poison or medication not prescribed for it, call one of the emergency numbers below. You may be instructed to make your pet vomit. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to by a veterinarian. Bring the poison or medication container with you.

ASPCA Poison Control '" 1-888-426-4435

Use caution when moving an injured, painful, distressed, or disoriented pet. A fearful or painful animal may bite, regardless of its normal temperament. Speak soothingly and calmly, move slowly, and wear gloves. Your pet should be moved as little as possible. An injured pet should be transported on a stretcher or board, or, in the case of smaller animals, a carrier or box with sturdy base. A muzzle may be useful if your pet is painful but should not be used if your pet is having difficulty breathing. Covering your pet with a blanket or towel may help prevent heat loss and may encourage calmness. Most importantly, stay calm and drive carefully.