VCA Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center


Our mission at VCA Sacramento Referral Center’s Rehabilitation Department is to improve your pet's quality of life by providing the highest quality rehabilitation and pain management services. Many pets recovering from surgery, injury or other trauma,as well as those suffering from neurological disorders,benefit significantly from a specialized rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation can be very effective at increasing mobility, joint function, muscle mass, and decreasing pain. It can also improve balance and coordination. These important health benefits can result from a comprehensive treatment plan that our rehabilitation and sports medicine board-certified veterinarian designs to meet your pet's individual needs.

To begin the process, we recommend coming in for a rehabilitation consultation that includes a physical examination, gait analysis, and initial treatment. Therapies that are appropriate for your pet’s condition will be discussed with you during the consultation along with a home therapy program and frequency of recommended follow-up visits.

What is Animal Rehabilitation?

Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as laser therapy, hydrotherapy, therapeutic 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; and provide pain relief and improved mobility 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, muscle weakness or a neurologic deficit can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation.

Conditions That Respond Well To Rehabilitation:

Orthopedic Conditions:

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tears
  • Arthritis
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxations
  • Fractures
  • Osteochondritis Dessicans
  • Soft Tissue Injuries  

Neurological Conditions: 

  • Degenerative Myelopathy 
  • Fibrocartilagenous Embolism
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbosacral Stenosis
  • Wobbler's Syndrome

General Health/Wellness:

  • Athletic Conditioning and Performance Enhancement
  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Obesity-Weight Loss

Underwater Treadmill

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can I be with my dog during the treatment? Absolutely.
  2. How often will I need to come? It might be difficult for me to bring my dog on a regular basis. We understand that scheduling can be difficult. After the first consultation, we are able to have your pet be dropped off for the day for ongoing treatments if that better fits your schedule. There is no additional charge for this service.

Meet our Rehabilitation Doctor

Services Offered in Rehabilitation

Veterinarians 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.

Find a VCA General Care Animal Hospital near you:


See all VCA Animal Hospitals >


Emergency Care

We are located at 9801 Old Winery Place in Sacramento. Our hospital is open 24 hours a day every day to help care for your emergency needs. Our emergency fee is $135. If you are planning to come in on emergency, please call (916)362-3111 so that we are ready for you.

If your pet has swallowed a medication or toxic substance, you can call Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 for the most up to date information and immediate assistance. The cost of the service is $65.