Rehabilitation Services For Your Pet

If you feel your pet could be a candidate for therapy or wonder how our facility can help enhance the well-being of your dog, call us for a consult or information about free upcoming seminars.

Our rehabilitation services include:

  • Underwater treadmill/pool therapy
  • Estim
  • Cold laser therapy
  • Manual techniques/core training
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Weight loss
  • Arthritic care

We Have Professionally Certified Staff

There are a growing number of people who claim to offer physical therapy to dogs. Many have little training or no experience. Please make sure you check to see that the professional you select to work with your pet has the appropriate education and experience to do so. The last thing a pet owner desires is to injure their dog, especially if they have just had surgery or spinal injury. Ask questions and ensure that the individual has completed one of the two nationally recognized certificate programs offered through Canine Rehabilitation Institute or University of Tennessee.

Why Does My Pet Need Rehabilitaion

Pet rehabilitation, just like rehab therapies for humans, is designed to restore our canine clients to their maximum level of functioning and movement – and safely maintain that ability – in order for them to enjoy the best quality of life. We believe that this in turn enhances the bond between animals and humans.

At Stoney Creek Pet Lodge & Rehab Center, our staff identifies problems and concerns that interfere with an animal’s mobility, and then formulate goals and treatment plans designed to:

  • Provide pain relief
  • Restore muscle tone and stability
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve function and performance
  •  Prevent injury
  • Provide conditioning and increased
  • physical potential
  • Facilitate weight loss

Through education, the owner can know how to best support an ongoing plan of care for their companion at home. This is a team effort that includes owners, referring veterinarians and Stoney Creek’s highly-trained rehab professionals. On the initial visit, the dog will be evaluated with regard to gait, strength, range of motion, pain and mobility. This assessment, combined with the referring veterinarian’s history and diagnosis, will be the foundation on which an individualized treatment plan is developed. This plan includes owner participation with exercises at home to support the pet’s progress.

The Lodge’s Therapy Specialists

The practitioners at Stoney Creek Pet Lodge & Rehab Center have received specialized training through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI). Our veterinarians and physical therapists have completed the programs, and our veterinary assistants have receive training from CRI as well. Our chiropractic and acupuncture services are performed by a licensed and certified veterinary practitioner.

Who We Serve

Post-Operative and Injured Dogs just like their human owners, pets may need a little assistance bouncing back after surgery. Rehabilitation is often beneficial following cruciate repairs, total hip Initial evaluation will include both the owner and the pet, looking at function, strength, pain level and goals for recovery. A scheduled plan is designed specifically for the dog’s needs and the owner’s wishes. replacement, fracture repair, back and neck surgeries, patella repair, elbow surgery, FHO and arthroscopy. In addition, many injuries that do not require surgery can be helped with therapy. We can also provide non-pharmaceutical alternatives to pain management, including neuromuscular electrical stimulation (e-stim), cold laser therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and manipulation/stretching.

Dogs With Arthritis

In the human physical therapy model, the goal for arthritic clients is to maintain joint range- of-motion and strength without stressing the joint or causing pain. This is also true for dogs.When there are movement restrictions, the joint cannot function normally, and this can cause stress on the cartilage and ligaments. Gentle, repetitive movement of a joint increases fluid flow to the joint, lubricating it and reducing irritation.

Having muscle strength is vital for joint stability and normal function. When a joint is supported by weak muscles, the joint can be stressed, adding to injury. By exercising the muscle without increasing pain or stress to the joint, the dog benefits. Hydrotherapy is our main strengthening tool—the warm water relaxes joints, the buoyancy of the water decreases demand on the joints, and water resistance helps strengthen, without pain. Changing the water height adjusts the workload to best correspond with the dog’s ability and needs.

Dogs Needing Weight Management, We will work with owners and veterinarians to manage safe, consistent weight loss for a pet through diet and exercise. In addition to the veterinarian’s medical management of obesity, exercising through hydrotherapy can provide weight loss without added joint stress. It’s also convenient—especially for owners who may have physical limitations that prohibit them from exercising their pets. Swimming focuses on many muscles in the body, providing a way to burn calories in a non-weight bearing way.


Stretching and range-of-motion exercises (also called passive exercise) restore the function of the joint by improving the flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. Helping your dog regain normal muscle length and extension can help relieve pain and stabilize gait.

Therapeutic Exercise

Active therapeutic exercise helps your pet regain strength and gait through the use of balance boards, therapy balls and cavallettes to strengthen the back, shoulders, core muscles and rear legs. We will create a work out plan that is tailored to the individual dog’s needs and establish goals for the owner towork with the pet at home.


In hydrotherapy, an underwater treadmill uses water to support the pet’s weight while they practice walking or running. One advantage of using water in therapy is that it provides resistance exercise without causing joint stress. Hydrotherapy also helps decrease recovery time after surgery, aids arthritic pets and improves cardiovascular.

Gentle range-of-motion exercises can be tailored by adjusting the water height – a higher level of water means more of the pet’s weight is supported. A hoist may be used to assist immobile dogs for safe, neuromuscular stimulation. Therapeutic/Cold Laser Therapy Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light to treat painful and debilitating conditions and improve wound healing. Light energy enters the damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This results in reduced pain, decreased swelling, increased blood flow and faster healing of injury. Common reasons for laser therapy include:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Low-back disorder
  • Cruciate injury/repair/TPLO
  • Neurologic problems (including disk herniation, stroke, degenerative myelopathy)
  • Luxating patella
  • Arthritis
  • Radial nerve damage
  • Spondylosis
  • Musculoskeletal injury
  • Fracture Repair

Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES or e-stim) is the careful application of low-level electrical current using electrodes to cause contraction of the muscle and to decrease swelling. This treatment is often used following an orthopedic or neurological injury, and is ideal for treatment of muscle atrophy, swelling and pain. Acupuncture/Chiropractic The American Veterinary Association recognizes acupuncture and chiropractic as valid veterinary alternative and complementary treatments. Just like the human therapy, acupuncture is the use of very fine needles gently placed in specific points to treat a variety of conditions and disorders. Virtually pain-free, acupuncture activates the central nervous system and releases endorphins, hormones and serotonin.

Acupuncture has many uses, but is used in this facility primarily in pain relief and in treating muscle and skeletal abnormalities. Another alternative treatment method is chiropractic manipulation, which gently realigns the spine and relaxes the surrounding muscles and helps keep the musculoskeletal system working properly. Chiropractic focuses on neuromuscular disorders, working toward restoring normal motion to the joint and improve posture and alignment.