Physical Rehabilitation





Gait Abnormalities


Peripheral Nerve Disorder

Brain Dysfunction

Trauma Related Conditions

dog on balance ball in animal physical therapy lab

Physical Rehabilitation has been an essential part of recovery and pain management for humans for hundreds of years.  Modern research in veterinary medicine has shown that our pets can also benefit from this type of intervention.

Veterinary Physical Rehabilitation is a non-invasive method to accelerate the healing of both acute and chronic conditions, as well as promote weight loss and increase physical fitness.  Studies suggest that muscle atrophy can begin with as little as 24 hours of disuse due to injury or surgery.  A primary goal of animal physical therapy is to reverse this loss of muscle mass.

Whether your animal is dealing with an orthopedic or neurological problem, recovering from surgery, suffering from chronic illness or cancer, in need of pain management, or limited by obesity and poor conditioning, NSVH therapeutic offerings are designed to meet the unique needs of your pet.

Each patient will receive a comprehensive evaluation and assessment. Clients will be educated as to their pet’s conditions and all options for treatment will be discussed. A rehabilitation program will be designed and tailored to your animal’s individual needs. Your pet’s progress will be monitored closely and therapy will be adjusted as necessary to achieve the desired outcome.


Benefits of Rehabilitation


  • Promotes faster healing
  • Cardiovascualr endurance
  • Improved function and mobility
  • Decreased recovery time from surgery or illness
  • Minimization of pain
  • Improved muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improved joint range of motion
  • Improved psychological well-being and comfort
  • Maximize athletic potential and performance
  • Improved coordination
  • Healthier body condition
  • Improved balance
  • Reduced imflammation
  • Enhanced quality of life
  • Manage chronic diseease
  • Avoid or prevent surgery

 NSVH Therapeutic Offerings:


  • Hydrotherapy
  • Customized Physical Rehabilitation Programs
  • Class IV Therapeutic Laser
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Customized Home Exercise Programs
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Weight Loss Programs
  • Athletic Conditioning
  • Heat and Cold Therapies
  • Geriatric Rejuvenation
  • Winter Walks

Meet our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner


Caitlin Bennett, L.V.T, CCRP, cSAMP completed her studies at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP).  This comprehensive training included over 100 credit hours and over 103 internship hours.  Caitlin’s compassion to help pets be their best they can physically be, she also became a Certified Small Animal Practitioner through the Northwest School of Animal Massage.

Caitlin is ready to put together a Physical Rehabilitation program that best suits your pet’s needs to regain or maintain functional activity.  She will evaluate your pet and select the most appropriate modalities for overall success.

If you are unsure if your pet would benefit from Physical Rehabilitation or if you have any questions about our rehabilitation program, feel free to contact our office.  Scheduling a consultation with Caitlin will get your pet on the right track.

Caitlin also works with referring veterinarians throughout Whatcom and Skagit County.  For pets who are not patients of Northshore Veterinary Hospital, we are happy to schedule an appointment to review your veterinarian’s recommendations and work with you to put the best plan of action in place for the best possible outcome for your pet.

“Fur” therapy.  It’s a benefit not only to our patients, its therapy for our teams love for animals.

caitlin bennett

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