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Exceptional Veterinary Rehabilitation Care for Pets

How Conditioning & Veterinary Sports Medicine Improves Functioning for Canines


Whether your dog is a family pet, a working dog, or a high performance athlete, he or she can benefit from a conditioning program specifically tailored to his or her condition, ability, and personality.

It is remarkable how quickly strength and stamina increase as a result of conditioning therapy. Consistent exercise, stretching, and conditioning training strengthens hips, shoulders, back, hind legs, and core. Over a lifetime, this will help prevent dogs from having future or long-term hip, knee, and other joint issues that can plague older dogs or certain breeds.

Canine athletes perform best when they are in optimal physical condition. To perform at their peak, canine athletes need a balanced training program consisting of strength building. In addition, being in optimal physical condition minimizes risk of injury.

For dogs recovering from surgery or injury, pairing a customized rehabilitation therapy program with retraining and conditioning not only fosters a more full recovery, but patients also stay healthier for the duration of their lives or athletic careers.

Conditioning programs offer the following benefits:

  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves endurance
  • Increases speed
  • Optimizes flexibility
  • Reduces risk of sports injuries
  • Improves balance

Contact us to learn how we can return your companion animal to his or her former or optimal level of activity or how we can get your competitor “back in the game.”

"On several occasions, Dr. Hammel administered acupuncture to help Stone, our aging Black Lab. He was like a babe in her arms and the relaxing effects of the procedure seemed to help his mobility. It was a spa treatment for him with healthful results. " – Chris S.
"When Gracie had her hip surgery, the surgeon referred me to Dr. Hammel for physical rehabilitation to speed her recovery. She steadily improved and now plays just as hard as our puppy! I think she misses her rehab sessions though!" – Patrick H.
"Cody, our 12-year-old German Shepherd, has osteoarthritis and difficulty walking. He has been coming to VRCC for physical rehab and it is helping him tremendously. He feels better, has started playing again, and is now able to go for walks. Cody loves his rehab sessions, especially the underwater treadmill!" – Becca P.
"You can tell that Dr. Hammel cares about each pet and treats them as if they are her own. My dog always feels right at home with VRCC and I love the excellent care she receives there!" – Missy S.

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