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The mission of VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital'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.

Conditions That Respond Well To Rehabilitation:

Orthopedic Conditions:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patellar Luxations
  • Fractures
  • Osteochondritis Dessicans
  • Soft Tissue Injuries

Neurological Conditions:

  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Fibrocartilaginous Emboli
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Lumbosacral Stenosis

General Health/Wellness:

  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Cardiovascular Fitness
  • Obesity-Weight Loss

Underwater Treadmill

The underwater treadmill enables dogs to begin the rehabilitation process earlier than normal. The low-impact exercise offered by the underwater treadmill allows the animal to transition more quickly to land-based therapy by increasing muscle strength and endurance with the natural properties of water buoyancy, resistance and heat.

Visit our Rehabilitation Department's Video Library below to view our videos demonstrating our work with some of our patients, their progress and how rehabilitation made a real difference in their quality of life! If you have questions or wish further information about how our rehabilitation services can help your pet, please feel free to contact our Rehabilitation Department at 310-473-2951. We're here to assist you and your pet!

The Power of Rehabilitation Video Library

Our Rehabilitation Team

Physical Therapist, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist

Our Rehabilitation Services

Physical Rehabilitation

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