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Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation has moved! Our department can now be found at our Berlin St hospital in Middletown and will be seeing all of their patients out of their newly renovated space.

Physical Rehabilitation provides therapy services for your pet in order to improve recovery time from orthopedic surgical procedures and neurologic conditions. Rehabilitation also helps reduce pain, improve fitness and condition, and manage weight to achieve and maintain an optimum level of comfort and well-being for your pet.

Dr. Abbott is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) earned from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute and our technicians attended the University of Tennessee canine rehabilitation certification program. Our staff has over 20 years combined experience in rehabilitation, so you can be confident that your pet is receiving the best care possible.

We have many rehabilitation options that accommodate different budgets and lifestyles. You will begin with an initial evaluation, including one pre-paid recheck with Dr. Abbott.  She will recommend and discuss with you the different package options we have to ensure the best outcome for your pet.

Why schedule a physical rehabilitation session?

  • Your pet has arthritis
  • Your pet has had orthopedic surgery
  • To improve strength and reduce pain, especially in our senior patients
  • To improve the quality of life for your pet
  • To condition and strengthen your dog for agility, sports, and shows
  • To help your pet lose weight and maintain muscle mass

Commonly treated problems:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Senior care
  • Spinal problems
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Weight management
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Post-orthopedic conditions
  • Canine hip and elbow dysplasia


  • Massage
  • Laser therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Balance exercises
  • Underwater treadmill
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Passive range of motion
  • Weight bearing exercises
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • NMES (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
  • Acupuncture


Working with your primary care veterinarian

Your general practice veterinarian is an important part of your pet’s health and we work as an extension of their services when advanced or after-hours treatment is necessary. We will notify your veterinarian that your pet visited our physical therapy service, and provide them with treatment and follow-up information to continue your pet’s care once you leave our hospital.

What our clients say

“The PT staff is excellent! Very impressive, the passion and commitment the staff has for their patients is obvious. Our dog made very fast and significant improvements because of the therapy program put in place by the doctor and then followed through on by the PT staff each day.”

Jade R

“Pieper offers a comprehensive physical therapy program that has made a big difference in [my dog]’s recovery... I can't say enough about the work they do at Pieper Veterinary hospital. They made a very scary time into a happy ending.... I recommend this hospital unconditionally to anyone who needs special and loving care for their pets.”

Linda P.

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