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What is canine rehabilitation?

In short, canine rehabilitation is physical therapy for your dog.  The longer version is that canine rehabilitation is the diagnosis and management of dogs with painful or functionally limiting conditions, particularly those with injury or illness related to the neurologic and musculoskeletal systems.  

An initial evaluation will start with a conversation to gather important history of your dog's lifestyle, home, and goals.  We will then work together to do a physical assessment of your dog's whole body, looking for primary and secondary areas of pain.  Dr. Dana will also assess functional movement and gait to design a program to maximize your dog's return to function and improve their quality of life. 

How we can help

We are the only full-service Animal Rehabilitation Center in the Columbia Gorge region.  Working closely with your veterinarian, we work hard to find the right solution for you and your dog with a focus on helping with the following conditions:   


·        Arthritis and other sources of pain 

·        Orthopedic Injury and Surgery 

·        Muscle and Tendon injury  

·        Neurologic conditions 

·        Geriatric function 

·        Return to Sport 

·        Fluffy to Fit (guided, healthy weight loss) 


What is the goal of Canine Rehabilitation? 

The goal of rehabilitation is to achieve the highest level of function, independence, and quality of life possible for the patient, and my goal, in addition to the above, is to improve the quality of life for you and your canine partner. I will work with you and your pet to design an individual program for both in-person and at-home consisting of: 

  • Manual Therapies (massage and joint mobilization) 

  • Modalities and conditioning for sport or after injury 

  • Exercises and stretching programs to help improve movement.  

  • Underwater Treadmill Available to assist with therapy. 

Meet and Greet

Dana Reid DPT, CCRT is a doctor of physical therapy with a specialty certification in Canine Rehabilitation. Only veterinarians and physical therapists can achieve this certification.  In addition to this perspective, Dana also spent 15 years as a veterinary technician prior to graduate school.  

Want to know if rehabilitation is right for your dog? Would you like to see our facility and meet our team? Schedule a Meet and Greet! We are happy to chat about how we can be helpful to you and your canine partner!

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Come See the Underwater Treadmill! 

Hydrotherapy has been shown to benefit pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation, improve the ability of aging or overweight dogs to return to activity, and provide strengthening in a  safe and fun environment.  

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