Rehabilitation Services

Your Pet’s Quality of Life Can Be Improved

If your pet has a medical condition that makes it difficult to carry out everyday activities such as  walking, running or climbing stairs, can physical rehabilitation really improve their quality of  life?

The answer is a definite yes!

Just as with humans, a professionally designed and supervised program of physical therapy can  help your pet regain optimal function and return to the activities they enjoy most. Whether  your pet has been injured, undergone surgery, or is dealing with the effects of aging or being  overweight, rehabilitation has been shown to:

  • Improve muscle strength, coordination and agility
  • Help your pet recover from surgery
  • Improve range of motion of the joints and limbs
  • Help manage pain
  • Reduce the risk of injury due to deconditioning
  • Help with weight loss (learn more about our Pets Get Fit! Program)
  • Promote physical and mental well-being

This is why we’ve built a spacious, well-appointed Rehabilitation Center. It’s the only  facility in  the area with a custom-designed, full-size therapy pool with a ramp for safe, easy access. 

You’re  welcome to attend rehabilitation sessions and observe your pet’s therapy in action at any time.

Plus, our director of rehabilitation has impressive credentials. She’s trained as a physical  therapist for people, as a licensed veterinary technician, and as a certified canine rehabilitation therapist. She evaluates each pet’s condition, develops a customized plan designed to achieve  the best results, and oversees its implementation.

The Conditions We See That Can Benefit from Rehabilitation

Veterinary rehabilitation can be helpful for pets with a wide range of conditions that affect their  physical abilities, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Orthopedic or other types of surgery
  • Obesity
  • Stroke
  • Increasing difficulty with daily activities due to age or inactivity/deconditioning


The rehabilitation services Guardian Veterinary Specialists provides

After a comprehensive initial evaluation and physical examination, our rehabilitation expert will  develop a plan of care tailored to your pet’s unique needs. This plan may include:

  • Hydrotherapy (aquatic therapy using an underwater treadmill)
  • Therapeutic exercise for improving range of motion, strength, coordination and balance
  • Manual therapy (massage, stretching, joint and/or soft tissue mobilization)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Cold laser treatment
  • Electrical stimulation to help with pain relief
  • Thermotherapy (heat and ice)
  • Myofascial release

Also, as a pet owner, you’re given a home exercise program that includes a video and written  instructions, to help you help your pet achieve the most successful outcome.

Can your pet benefit from rehab? Yes! Our Director of Rehabilitation explains the benefits:  

Do pet owners appreciate our rehab program? Yes! A client explains the benefits. 

Our Locations

Guardian Veterinary Specialists
24/7 Emergency and Specialty Care
Guardian Veterinary Emergency Orange County
Night, Weekend & Holiday Emergency Care
Mon 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Tue 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Wed 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Thu 6:00 PM. – 7:00 AM
Fri 6:00 PM – Monday 7:00 AM
Sat 24 hours
Sun 24 hours
Holiday 24 hours
Armory Dog & Cat Hospital

Routine Health Care & Emergency Services

Mon 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Tue 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Wed 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thu 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Fri 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Sat 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun Closed