Physical Rehabilitation

The mission of VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & Emergency Center's Rehabilitation Department is to improve your pet’s quality of life by providing the highest quality rehabilitation and pain management services. We will work with you and your regular veterinarian to create a tailored in-hospital and at-home treatment program specific to your pet’s needs.

What is Animal Rehabilitation?
Animal rehabilitation is the use of therapeutic exercises combined with additional modalities such as hydrotherapy, low-level light therapy (therapeutic laser), ultrasound, thermotherapy, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, therapeutic massage, and acupuncture to improve the recovery of patients with both acute and chronic conditions.

How Will My Pet Benefit From Animal Rehabilitation?
Animal rehabilitation can restore, maintain and promote optimal function and mobility; enhance recovery postoperatively; alleviate pain; improve circulation, coordination and range of motion; provide confidence and comfort in geriatric patients. Healthy, athletic animals and working dogs can also benefit from our conditioning and weight loss program.

Is My Pet A Candidate For Rehabilitation?
Pets of all ages, sizes and breeds can benefit from animal rehabilitation. Any animal suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, obesity or muscle weakness can experience an enhanced quality of life as a result of rehabilitation.

For more information about our Rehabilitation Department's services, please visit our department page at If you have questions or concerns about your pet, please feel free to call our Rehabilitation Department 703-752-9100. We're here to help you and your pet!