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Physical Rehabilitation

AVSC specializes in on-site physical rehabilitation in dogs and cats. 

Pet Physical Rehabilitation Services

  • Underwater & Land Treadmills
  • Laser Therapy
  • Therapeutic Soft Tissue Massage
  • Manual Therapy

Rehab patients are treated for a variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease — Hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, or previous injury to a joint
  • Degenerative neurologic disease — Degenerative Myelopathy, chronic spinal cord compressions and diffuse or peripheral neuropathies
  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) — both acute, post-surgical, and chronic
  • Fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE)
  • Orthopedic surgeries — Cruciate repairs, femoral head and neck excision, total hip replacement, patellar luxation, and fracture repairs
  • Soft tissue injuries — Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Obesity

Individualized home care programs are created to supplement hospital treatments. All programs are created by Dr. Kube, a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.

For active dogs, we can customize fitness plans: athletic conditioning, strengthening, programs focusing on flexibility, balance, coordination, and endurance training.

Exercise Programs for Pets

Range of Motion (ROM) & Stretching Exercises

Enhance flexibility and motion in post-operative patients and those with chronic conditions; help prevent further injury to joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments; minimize scar tissue formation.

Therapeutic Exercises

Improve flexibility and balance, increase muscle mass and strength, enhance cardiovascular performance, and prevent further injury; include standing exercises, controlled walking, and stair climbing; utilize the underwater treadmill, physiorolls, wobble board, weave polls, and cavalettis.

Weight Management

Overweight pets require both physical and dietary changes for healthy weight loss. Custom-designed programs include an exercise plan, including aquatic therapy, and a reduced calorie diet.

Programs may include: physical rehabilitation, exercise (ROM, stretching, balance, and weight-bearing), underwater treadmill, acupuncture (prescribed by another clinic), heat therapy, massage therapy, laser therapy, home care exercises.

Learn more about Certified Rehabilitation Therapists

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call AVSC:

(508) 921-1018
Open Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm