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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 which 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.


No referral is needed to set up a consultation with our Rehab Certified veterinarian, but we also accept referrals should your regular veterinarian request it.  We will request a copy of your pet's medical history and any x-rays or other diagnostic tests.  Call 705 446-0261 and select the CAPs ext., or book online. All records will be shared with your regular veterinarian.

No referral is needed for conditioning, fitness, weight loss and recreational swims, but we do require medical history information. Your pet must be examined by your regular veterinarian within the last year in order to use our services. Click the "CAPs Fit to Swim" button below.

How does physical therapy benefit our patients?
  • Reduced pain

  • Reduced inflammation

  • 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

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Tendon, ligament, and muscle injuries

  • Rear limb weakness

  • Paralysis

  • Traumatic injuries (e.g., being hit by a car)

  • Spinal injury

  • Intervertebral disc disease

  • Nerve disorders

  • Obesity

What are the tools used in

pet rehab?

  • PBMT Laser therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Massage

  • Hydrotherapy pool

  • Underwater treadmill

  • Nutrition, supplements

  • Pain medications

  • Platelet Rich Plasma therapy

  • Exercise programs

Our Facility

Collingwood Active Pets is located at the back of Mountain Vista with its own entrance and dedicated parking area.


Hydrotherapy Centre


Dry Land Training Centre and Laser therapy


Underwater treadmill

Our Pet Rehab Team

Rehabilitation Services
Pricing and Value Packages

Initial Rehab Consultation

$175 + 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

$98.78 + HST

30 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 $352.80 + HST

8 sessions $688.80 + HST

30 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. Expiry 6 months form purchase.

Acupuncture Initial Consultation

$175 + 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 Only Single Session

$73.50 + HST

A single acupuncture session with Dr. Jennifer Dodd. This is after an initial assessment has be made in order to determine the patient's needs.

Acupuncture Add-On to Rehab Session

$57.75 + HST

Acupuncture treatments 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.

Conditioning Only

Single session $77.70 + 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. 

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.

Acupuncture Only Value Package

4 treatments $281.40

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. Package expires after 6 months if unused.

Acupuncture Add-on to

Rehab Package of 4 Sessions

222.60 + HST

Acupuncture treatment combined with the rehab package. Add 15 minutes to the rehab session


Conditioning only Value Package

4 sessions $298.20

8 sessions $571.20

Value packages for UWT or hydrotherapy pool conditioning with rehab technician. There will be no refunds for partial use for whatever reason. Expires in 6 months from purchase.

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.

(see video below).

What is Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy  (PRP)?

Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy is a form of regenerative medicine using the body's own healing properties in order to decrease pain and to speed healing. By collecting and processing a component of the patient's blood, the platelet-rich portion, this a natural way of concentrating healing factors and using it to treat a variety of conditions such as arthritis, tendon inflammation and adjunctive therapy for cranial cruciate rupture. Watch this short video to see how PRP works.

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PRP Video

Recreational Swimming

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.

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