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Canine Rehabilitation

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ccrp.pngPhysical rehabilitation has been an integral component of human medicine and surgery for several decades. We now understand the same principles of rehabilitation that apply to humans apply to our pets. To provide the most complete care for your canine companion, Bethany Animal Hospital offers Canine Rehabilitation with a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

Rehabilitation is extremely useful for orthopedic or neurological problems, weight management issues, dogs that have undergone surgery, or pets in need of conditioning. Appointments are also available for healthy animals and working dogs whose owners are seeking ways of keeping their animals fit and preventing future problems. We offer complete rehabilitation therapy in a comfortable atmosphere to help your pet achieve a healthier, happier life with less pain.

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Canine Rehabilitation Services

• Underwater Treadmill

• Laser therapy

• Therapeutic ultrasound

• E-stim

• Balance and strength exercises

• Canine massage

Benefits of Canine Rehabilitation

• Increase you pet's quality of movement

• Decrease the recovery time after surgery or a traumatic event

• Aid in weight loss

• Gain muscle mass and strength

• Improve daily function and quality of life



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Hydrotherapy in the Underwater Treadmill

Low-impact walking in our glass-walled, underwater treadmill with variable speeds and resistance jets provides low-impact exercise in a reduced gravity environment. This treatment combines heat therapy of warm water with strengthening exercise while eliminating impact and concussion to the joints, which builds muscle and provides cardiovascular conditioning with minimal joint stress.





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Balance and Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercise is an important part of the rehabilitation process at Bethany Animal Hospital. Your pet will enjoy greater stability, flexibility, mobility and core strength following guided exercises with our highly skilled staff. The purpose of these exercises is to improve flexibility, muscle strength and mass, improve balance, enhance cardiovascular performance and prevent further injury. We use various exercises during the rehabilitation process. The types of exercises depend upon the animal's condition and goals of therapy.






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Therapeutic Ultrasound and E-Stim

Therapeutic ultrasound is a deep tissue-heating agent, used to treat musculoskeletal injuries. As opposed to superficial heat treatment that can cause excessive heating of the skin, ultrasound produces temperature changes deep within the underlying tissues. Ultrasound is helpful in treating joint motion limiting conditions, soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions. Therapeutic ultrasound increases blood flow to the affected area, which improves circulation, accelerates the wound healing process, reduces pain and muscle spasms, improves flexibility and decreases scar tissue.





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Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a painless, FDA-approved medical procedure that uses low-level lasers to stimulate the natural healing capabilities of the body's cells. This form of laser therapy is effective at promoting healing on a cellular level as well as decreasing inflammation after surgery, injury or areas of the body affected by chronic illnesses such as arthritis or acute conditions such as otitis. It can also be used to increase joint mobility and relieve the aches and pains common to geriatric pets.






Download the "Canine Rehabilitation Referral Form" and give to your pet's current veterinarian to complete.

Please call (815) 756-8925 or email us at: rehab@bethanyvet.com, so we can answer any questions you may have.



  • "I was skeptical about laser therapy at first, now my dog Toby is able to jump on the bed again."
    Jack N.
  • "When our Golden Retriever was 14 years old, she started to experience the issues of arthritis. The staff at BAH recommended to us that Laser Treatments would benefit her, as well as the water treadmill and exercises. The results were amazing! For more than two years she was able to continue to do all the activities she was accustomed to doing."
    Gracia & Pete P.
  • "Kenzie, our 5 year old Shepherd mix, was showing early signs of arthritis due to previous knee surgeries. Jodie created a monthly maintenance plan that included the water treadmill and laser therapy. Kenzie is living a higher quality and more pain free life because of these treatments. Kenzie would agree that physical therapy at Bethany is a fun, five star experience."
    Karrie K.