Physical Rehabilitation

Canine physical rehabilitation, is much like physical therapy for humans. We adapt human physical therapy techniques to increase function and mobility, reduce pain, speed recovery from injury or surgery, and increase the quality of life. As in humans, canine physical rehabilitation is used to treat a wide variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions. Whether your dog is recovering from an injury, cross training, or facing mobility issues, your dog can benefit from our comprehensive and cutting-edge care.

We are delighted to offer the high-quality expertise of the skilled rehabilitation team to patients and their families.  Amy Straut, DVM, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) and Jennifer Palmer, DVM, CCRT lead our Physical Rehabilitation team. Services are located at our MSPCA-Angell West location at 293 Second Avenue in Waltham. Our renovated, spacious facility adjoins our MSPCA-Angell West hospital and features two AquaPaws treadmills as well as a pool with massage and resistance jets (hydrotherapy re-opens in early April 2018 once renovations are complete). In addition to hydrotherapy, we offer therapeutic land exercise, manual therapy techniques, low-level laser therapy and consultation and fitting of assistive devices.

Orthopedic diagnoses that can benefit from physical rehabilitation include:

  • CCL Injury
  • Patellar luxation,
  • Hip/elbow dysplasia
  • Spinal injury
  • Bone fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle strain
  • Tendinopathy
  • Obesity

Neurological diagnoses that can benefit include:

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Fibrocartilaginous
  • Emobolism
  • Stroke/vascular event
  • Neuropathy
  • Wobbler syndrome


MSPCA-Angell West
293 Second Ave.
Waltham, MA 02451

Phone: 781-902-8400
Fax: 781-622-1410


Monday 12p.m.-7p.m.
Tuesday 10a.m.-7p.m.
Wednesday 10a.m.-5p.m.
Thursday 10a.m.-7p.m.
Friday closed
Saturday 9a.m.-5p.m.
Sunday closed

Physical Rehabilitation Team

Physical Rehabilitation Team

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If you have any questions please call 781-902-8400, or
Fax at 781-622-1410.

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* Underwater treadmill, pool, and acupuncture available as of early April 2018 after facility renovation is complete.

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