Canine Rehabilitation

Canine Rehabilitation Services at Fox Valley

Much like physical therapy in human medicine, canine rehabilitation is an ideal way to achieve one or more of the following goals:

Common Issues that Require Rehabilitation

Treatment Options

Hydrotherapy for Pets

Fox Valley Animal Referral Center utilizes a water treadmill designed specifically for dogs. Our rehab patients benefit from treadmill exercise as well as swim therapy. Exercising in water is ideal for many conditions. Water resistance improves strength, flexibility and range of motion. Buoyancy offsets gravity, offering patients low-impact, safe exercise. We can adjust the speed of our treadmill, as well as the depth and resistance so our rehabilitation coordinator can create a hydrotherapy program tailored to suit your pet’s needs.


Massage therapy in human medicine is widely accepted as an effective modality of rehabilitation. It is often used in sports medicine to decrease susceptibility to injury and as part of a total rehabilitation regime following injury and/or surgery. In veterinary medicine, massage therapy has the same applications. Massage therapy increases muscle mobility, increases circulation, improves oxygen delivery to tissues, relieves pain, optimizes muscle recovery and even decreases stress by relaxing the patient.

Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Low intensity lasers accelerate tissue repair and cell growth. This therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue and is effective in the management of chronic pain.

Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy

Therapeutic ultrasound therapy utilizes energy created by sound waves to warm superficial and deep tissues. Because ultrasonic waves deliver heat therapy deeper into the tissue than other heat therapies, such as heating pads, ultrasound therapy is more effective in treating muscle and joint injury and pain. It is also an effective way to facilitate wound healing.

Neuromuscular Stimulation (MNES)

NMES utilizes low-level electrical currents to stimulate muscle contraction. This therapy helps prevent post-surgical / post-injury muscle loss. It also strengthens muscles in non-ambulatory patients.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

TENS utilizes electrodes to transmit and electrical signal through the skin. It is a modality used to provide relief from chronic pain.

Passive Range of Motion Therapy (PROM)

The use of passive exercises helps to improve joint mobility and flexibility of muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Benefits of Custom Strength Training and Conditioning Programs

Additional Rehabilitation Services