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Physical Rehabilitation


Allandale Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer Physical Rehabilitation services to Barrie and surrounding communities!

Physical rehabilitation is an ever evolving branch of veterinary medicine that is used to help our furry friends in a multitude of ways. We can help them to recover from orthopedic surgery, deal with arthritis, recover from a neurological disease, or even help with wound therapy. We have a variety of tools available to us to help your family member return to the life they enjoy.

We start all our rehabilitation patients off with a complete Rehabilitation Consultation prior to any rehab therapies. This allows us to identify any underlying causes, compensation issues, as well as the ability to tailor a rehabilitation program just for your family member.

Our Rehab Team will assist you and your companion on this journey with a combination of home therapies (land-based exercises or manual therapies), as well as a structured in-clinic rehab program. We will monitor your pet’s progress and make changes to their rehab program as they advance.

We also accept referrals! We will work closely with your family veterinarian when developing a rehab program for your pet as well as providing them with regular updates on your pet’s progress.


Services offered:

We offer hydrotherapy via an underwater treadmill. Water is a great low impact, muscle strengthening exercise that we can completely customize to your pet’s needs. The deeper the water, the more buoyant your pet is. This, in turn, reduces the load-bearing on painful joints and provides water resistance to help build muscle in a safe and controlled manner.

Laser therapy is an excellent pain management alternative. Laser therapy can help reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and stimulate healing. Laser therapy is a safe modality that can help to reduce the amount of pharmaceutical pain medications your pet needs.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can be injected into an arthritic joint, damaged ligament or tendon, or applied to a chronic wound to help speed healing, reduce pain, and reduce inflammation. It is a relatively painless and quick procedure performed by an orthopedic veterinarian, but does often require sedation to keep your pet from moving during it.

Targeted Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (tPEMF) is another pain management alternative. We offer tPEMF through a product called the Assisi Loop. This prescription device can be purchased and used for in-home treatments. It helps to reduce pain and inflammation as well as stimulate healing.

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is another method of managing pain and stimulating muscles. This modality does not build muscle, but if used correctly, can help manage pain and prevent muscle wasting in pets that are not mobile or have reduced mobility.

Massage helps to manage pain, reduce inflammation, reduce muscle spasm, and is great for relaxation! We provide both targeted and whole body massage options for your pet.

Manual therapies include passive range of motion and stretching exercises for your pet. These help to maintain joint range of motion, prevent muscle/joint stiffness, and help to maintain and improve joint health.

Therapeutic exercises are controlled and targeted exercises that can be done in clinic or at home. They are often fun and challenging for your pet! They can include using cavaletti rails, balance disks and other pieces of equipment, or just encouraging your pet to do certain actions or positions to target particular muscle groups or joints.

Thermotherapies, such as hot and cold, while sounding simple, are very important aspects of physical rehabilitation. When used in the appropriate manner, they can help relieve muscle spasm, reduce swelling, and increase the extensibility of tissues.

Weight loss is often a component to physical rehabilitation. We work with you and your veterinarian to develop a complete weight loss program consisting of a combination of diet and exercise.

During the colder months dogs (and people) tend to be less active due to the cold or icy conditions. We offer a Winter Fit program to help keep pets active and conditioned in the winter months when they are less inclined to go outside.


    Meet your Rehab Team!

    Dr. Rebecca Keeffe, M.V.B., C.C.R.T.

    • Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
    • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

    Samantha Forrest, R.V.T., C.C.R.P.

    • Registered Veterinary Technician
    • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner

    Natelle Geddes, R.V.T., C.C.R.A.

    • Registered Veterinary Technician
    • Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant

    Caitlyn Nicholson, Rehabilitation Assistant

    • Certified Canine Hydrotherapist
    • Certified Canine Massage Therapist


    If you are interested in bringing your pet in for physical rehabilitation or if you have any questions about it, please do not hesitate to call the clinic and speak to the Rehab Team today!


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