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7131 Cahill Avenue
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
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Exceptional Veterinary Rehabilitation Care for Pets

Veterinary Rehabilitation Services and Therapies for Cats & Dogs


Maximizing Physical Function & Activity

Physical rehabilitation employs non-invasive methods to restore mobility and function to your pet's musculoskeletal system. The purpose of rehabilitation is to return the body to optimal functioning as quickly as possible following disease, injury, or surgery and to relieve acute or chronic pain. Rehabilitation therapy can improve or maintain strength, stamina, and body condition.

VRCC employs a wide variety of physical rehabilitation techniques and therapeutic modalities to deliver several benefits to our patients. These will be specifically tailored to your pet's condition, ability, and personality.

Rehabilitation Therapies Available at VRCC (please follow the links to learn more):

  • Hydro-Treadmill—Our model accommodates dogs of all sizes and makes use of water's natural properties to provide low-impact exercise and promoting aerobic fitness, strength, and increased range of motion.
  • Therapeutic Laser—Uses focused light to stimulate cell regeneration, increase blood circulation, ease pain, and facilitate healing. 
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Simulation—The direct triggering of a muscle contraction using electrical impulses. Stimulating muscles, it is commonly used after surgery or injury to decrease pain and inflammation.
  • Other manual therapy and modalities—Includes passive range of motion, joint mobilization, massage, stretching, and myofascial release. These techniques increase circulation, enhance soft tissue mobility, and help restore normal joint function.
  • Therapeutic exercises—Used for balance, strengthening, active range of motion, and flexibility
  • Acupuncture—Benefits patients with orthopedic or neurologic conditions, relieves pain, and improves general well-being.

Initial Consultation

At our initial consultation, we conduct a thorough examination and develop an individualized treatment plan that may include a mix of the services outlined above.  We work cooperatively with your primary care veterinarian. Treatment plans are reevaluated as the patient progresses. Read more about what to expect on our new clients page.

Benefits of physical rehabilitation

  • Reduces pain
  • Builds muscle mass and strength
  • Speeds recovery from surgery or injury
  • Improves joint function
  • Improves cardiovascular fitness
  • Conditions athletes as well as overweight animals
  • Mental stimulation

Read more about veterinary rehabilitation and its benefits.

Please contact us to schedule an initial consultation.

"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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