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Rehabilitation Services for Pets

At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, our team offers a wide variety of rehabilitation and physical therapy services for our canine and feline patients! We are passionate about maximizing your pet’s recovery after injury or procedures such as orthopedic surgery. Dr. Joan Gillies and Anila Rondeau, RVT, have completed certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Colorado and Florida. One of our other veterinarians, Dr. Tutteli Pukarinen, also continues to practice acupuncture.

Why does my pet need rehabilitation?

Patients who undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy have improved healing times and return to normal activity more rapidly. Senior pets benefit from rehabilitation through improved mobility and better quality of life. Our goal is to ensure proper diagnosis and provide treatment options for your pet’s particular condition. Soft tissue injuries, such as tendinopathies and muscle strains can be particularly difficult to diagnose and treat.

What types of rehabilitation services are available for dogs/cats?

The type of treatments that we may prescribe depends on your pet’s unique case. The treatment plans may include Pulse Electromagnetic Field Bed Therapy (PEMF), laser therapy, acupuncture, manual therapy, tens or Electrical Muscle Stimulation, massage, stretching and in-clinic and home exercise programs.

What happens during the first rehabilitation visit?

It is very common to find compensatory problems which makes a full body assessment very important. Our initial assessments are one hour long and consist of history taking, gait and posture analysis, a full orthopedic, soft tissue and neurologic exam and a recommended treatment plan for the condition.

Can I stay with my pet during their rehabilitation session?

Yes! In fact, being around you can help your pet remain calm and comforted throughout their session, especially during the first few appointments. For example, during our laser therapy treatments, we lend you protective sunglasses (similar to those that we will provide for your pet) to keep you safe from harsh rays of our machine.

Do I need a referral to access rehabilitation treatment for my pet?

At Coastland Veterinary Hospital, we welcome our current patients as well as referrals from other veterinarians.

How much does rehabilitation cost for dogs and cats?

The cost of rehab for your pet depends on a number of factors like the length/number of session required, as well as the type of treatment they will need. It’s best to reach out to our team and schedule a consultation so that we can plan the best course of action for your loyal companion.

Last updated: December 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.


We are very excited to welcome you back into our lobby! We have put some important safety measures in place to help keep our clients and our team safe.


The use of our online store for easy ordering, payment and delivery of our pet's food, flea and tick medications. Orders over $100 can be delivered to your home for free! CLICK HERE


During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!

Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet's much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business. 

Our regular hours of operation remain the same:

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Saturday: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your dedicated team at Coastland Veterinary Hospital