Rehabilitation and Pain Management Services

Improving your pet’s quality of life through pain management and physical rehabilitation.

In working with pets, special attention is given to insure that no therapy is prescribed that would cause discomfort or stress to your pet. We strive to make the visit stress-free through environmental enrichment and positive reinforcement.

You can make your appointment directly with Dr. Shearer or she can facilitate referral from your vet by contacting them on behalf of your pet.

She accepts referrals from all veterinarians with patients in need of animal rehabilitation or pain management.

The Story of Zoe

zoeZoe was a 12 year-old border collie mix that has had multiple immune mediated disorders. Her body saw her platelets and joints as being foreign to her and seeked to destroy them. Prior to rehabilitation therapy, she was at risk of injury because of malformed joints. Her rear leg hock joint had to be fused with a plate because of a torn ligament. Zoe had been on a medication called prednisone for 4 years to manage her disease which had the side effects of muscle weakness and tendon breakdown. Through laser therapy and a regenerative stem cell transplant, her quality of life had improved. Zoe was able to climb steps, jump on the bed, and wanted to play. Zoe has moved to her new home in heaven and we miss her greatly.Physical rehabilitation can be added to most treatment plans to help manage pain and speed recoveries. It is indicated for a number of problems including but not limited to arthritis, neurologic dysfunction, intervertebral disc disease, weight management, muscle strains and sprains.

Sydney-Search and Rescue Dog

sydneySidney receiving a therapy laser treatment to relax tightened back muscles secondary to arthritis of the hock.


rosieRosie working on strengthening to help her nerve degeneration disorder.


murphyMurphy working out on a therapy ball after a hip procedure (FHO) to improve range of motion.

Goals of Rehabilitation

  • Relief of pain
  • Maintain or improve strength
  • Decrease scar tissue
  • Decrease muscle tension
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve range of motion
  • Return to function and performance
  • Speed recovery time
  • Prevent surgery
  • Improve quality of life

Our office has the following equipment that can be utilized in designing a plan for your pet’s needs:

  • Therapy laser: works at the cellular level to control pain, inflammation, and speeds healing
  • Pulsed signal therapy: enables the body to heal and produce cartilage
  • Hydrotherapy whirlpool: allows early return to function through swimming
  • Pulsed electromagnetic therapy: produces current that stimulates he body to heal
  • Therapeutic ultrasound: relaxes plus warms muscles and stimulates wound healing
  • Neuromuscular stimulation unit: helps to maintain muscle tone and re-educate nerves
  • Electrostimulation unit: functions to manage pain
  • Vet-lite support exercise system with land treadmill: provides mobility therapy for pets with weakness, pain or neurological disorders
  • Hydrocollator: provides warm moist heat therapy for muscle relaxation
  • Therapy steps: builds strength and return to function
  • Gulick measuring tape and goniometers: used to objectively measure response to treatment
  • Caveletti’s: builds strength and gait training
  • Balance board: helps build strength and maintain balance
  • Therapy balls: helps build strength and maintain balance