What We Do
Getting your pet back to what you both love most...play!
Physical rehabilitation is physical therapy for pets, and our furry friends benefit from it just like we do. Our work is transformative after injury and surgery, and research shows that it helps animals heal quicker, gain better muscle strength and improve range of motion more quickly.
Conditioning (aka physical fitness) is a resource for canine weight loss and injury prevention whether your pup is a natural couch potato, weekend warrior or a competitor in dog sports.
We do this work so your pet can return home pain-free and return to the activities they love—taking walks, playing in your backyard and with your other pets. We cultivate a positive environment and we are certified Fear Free. In fact, clients are routinely amazed at how happy their pets are to use their limbs, stretch and work out. “I can’t believe this!” is a popular refrain.
Some of our favorite canine clients and areas of expertise:
Recent knee surgery patients
Old dogs with arthritis
Dogs with knee injuries who aren’t candidates for surgery
Dogs with tendon tears, fractures and developmental abnormalities
Dogs who benefit from laser for pain relief
Sporting dogs who need training before competitions
Briar Rose is one of our favorite patients, maybe because she has come so far. She began seeing us when she tore a cruciate ligament in her knee. Briar did not want anyone touching her or especially especially touching that leg. She had even gone so far as to bite innocent veterinarians. Treatment involved a TPLO surgery and then weekly rehabilitation. Briar warmed up slowly as she realized Whidbey Canine is calm & quiet and all about being rewarded with praise & treats for getting on soft equipment. By the time she had her second TPLO surgery and returned for more rehab, she knew the ropes and ran right in to have her “gym day” with Dr. Stephanie.
“You are a miracle worker, Briar is SO much happier in SO many ways because of you! She really loves you and your time together!” —Susan
Some of our favorite feline clients and areas of expertise:
Cats with arthritis
Older kitties who benefit from laser and massage for pain relief
Lucy Lou has been through more than her fair share of ups and downs. A New York City stray as a kitten, her lovely owner adopted & treated her when she realized she had a broken leg. Later on in her cushy indoor life a nasal carcinoma was discovered and she experienced the best of oncology treatment at Colorado State Veterinary College. Now at 19, she gets weekly massage & laser for those arthritic joints that most cats get simply from an active life of jumping up and down off counters.