What is Pet Rehabilitation?
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Pet rehabilitation or pet rehab refers to physiotherapy services for pets. Using a multi-modal and patient-centred approach, pet rehab is used to help restore function, mobility, and quality of life. Although most commonly used in dogs, physical rehabilitation can be part of a treatment protocol for almost any animal species including cats that tend to hide their pain and discomfort in very different ways. The current AAHA/AAFP pain management guidelines recognize that using only pharmacologic management for pain is no longer sufficient. Although many animals may heal and recover without rehabilitation, studies show that they will indeed suffer less and heal better with rehabilitation. Optimal post-surgical recovery includes a well-rounded rehab plan. As well known in human medicine, surgery will fix the physical abnormality, but rehab helps regain optimal function. We have opened the first Pet Rehabilitation centre in our region with the goal of enhancing pet health and wellness. Our on-site facility includes a pet hydrotherapy centre offering the benefits of water and buoyancy to gently heal and strengthen our patients with our specially designed indoor pet physiotherapy pool and Oasis underwater treadmill.
We accept referrals from other veterinary clinics and are happy to work as a team with your regular veterinarian. Pet owners may call us direct or book online in order to set up a rehab consultation.
How does physical therapy benefit our patients?
Increased range of motion
Improved balance and coordination
Restoration of normal movement
Restoration of normal muscle mass
Increased muscle strength
Weight loss in obese patients
Improved overall quality of life
Which pets benefit from physical rehab?
Preparation and recovery from knee (cruciate, patellar) surgery and other orthopedic procedures
Degenerative joint disease or arthritis patients
Tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries
Rear limb weakness
Traumatic injuries (e.g., being hit by a car)
Intervertebral disc disease
What are the tools used in
PBMT Laser therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy
Collingwood Active Pets is located at the back of Mountain Vista with its own entrance and dedicated parking area.
Dry Land Training Centre and Laser therapy
Our Pet Rehab Team
Pricing and Value Packages
Initial Rehab Consultation
$135 + HST
60 minute appointment with our rehab veterinarian. Your pet's medical history will be reviewed and a physical assessment. A treatment plan will be established. This session may include a treatment modality if time permits, and home exercises, supplements and/or diet management may be prescribed according to your pet's needs.
Single Rehab Session
$90 + HST
45 minute session with our rehab technician after the initial consultation with our veterinarian. There may be one or several treatment modalities used in this session according to patient need. This may include PBMT laser therapy, dry land exercise, underwater treadmill or hydrotherapy pool and at home exercise instruction.
Rehabilitation Value Package
4 sessions $332 + HST(save $28)
8 sessions $648 + HST(save $72)
45 minute rehab sessions purchased as a package for extra value. Includes everything in the single rehab session. Rehab sessions are most successful when a recommended schedule is followed. If for any reason, your pet is unable to complete the sessions, there will be no refund for the package.
Acupuncture Initial Consultation
$135 + HST
60 minute appointment with certified veterinary acupuncturist Dr. Jennifer Dodd. She will review your pet's medical history and perform a physical assessment. A treatment plan and goals will be established. Other rehab modalities may be recommended to complement the acupuncture plan for optimal outcomes.
Acupuncture Add-On to Rehab Session
$55 + HST (save $15)
Acupuncture added to your pet's rehab session performed by Dr. Jennifer Dodd. This will extend the rehab session with our rehabilitation technician by 15 minutes.
Cats Need Rehab Too
$120 + HST
Cats are not small dogs and have unique characteristics that make them more prone to hide their illnesses, especially when it comes to orthopedic conditions like arthritis. Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes, fatty liver, poor mobility and is linked to cancer. Spend a 45 minute session with our rehab specialist Dr. Jen to assess and formulate a treatment plan. We use the latest technologies for pain control and use Fear Free techniques to help even the most nervous felines.
Acupuncture Only Value Package
4 treatments $268(save $12)
8 treatments $ (save $ )
These packages may be purchased after the initial consultation with Dr Jennifer Dodd. If for any reason your pet is unable to complete the session, there will be no refund for the package.
Conditioning only Value Package
4 sessions $264 (save $12)
8 sessions $504 (save $48)
Value packages for UWT or hydrotherapy pool conditioning with rehab technician. There will be no refunds for partial use for whatever reason.
Single session $69 + HST
30-minute session in UWT or hydrotherapy pool with our rehab technician. This may be used as part of a weight loss program or used for dogs to maintain their fitness. Approval from regular DVM required through our "Fit to Swim" form. Initial consultation with rehab tech required in first session.
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a form of regenerative medicine that is used to help heal and decrease pain in a variety of joint, muscle and tendon conditions. It can also be used at the time of TPLO surgery to aid in recovery. A consultation with one of our veterinarians is required to make sure PRP is right for your pet.
Muscoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a valuable tool to assess structures such as tendons, muscles and joints to help formulate a diagnosis. Ultrasound of the shoulder (biceps, supraspinatus, infraspinatus), knee (cruciate ligaments, meniscii) and Achilles tendon are performed Dr. Jacquie Pankatz who works with a board-certified veterinary radiologist with expertise is MSK conditions. US-guided injections may be recommended to treat some conditions.
Fun 30-minute single dog or social swims in our hydrotherapy pool outside of our regular rehabilitation hours reserved just for you or your pack. A fit-to-swim assessment is required for each participant. See our TEAM WET DOG for details.