What We Do

At Aqua Paws Rehabilitation, we use a comprehensive treatment approach for your dog or cat. Whether your pet is recovering from orthopedic surgery, healing from an injury, dealing with osteoarthritis, or in need of weight loss, an individualized cat or dog Physical Therapy program can be designed to achieve the best results. When rehabilitation sessions, pain management, and home exercises are combined into a comprehensive program, your dog will regain not just function and strength, but will be more comfortable and able to better enjoy life.  We use the following modalities to achieve these results:

CANINE Hydrotherapy

We have two brand new underwater treadmills (AKA Water Therapy or Aqua Therapy) that offer the latest in technology.  Underwater treadmills combine the benefits of buoyancy which minimizes pressure through the joints while providing resistance which strengthens all of your dog’s muscles.  Jets in the treadmill can provide resistance for a more challenging workout, or a relaxing whirlpool-type massage.  Don’t worry if your dog doesn’t love water, we will go in the tank with your dog and you will be right there cheering them on.  Over the years we have worked with a large number of dogs that weren’t “water” dogs but did extremely well in the underwater treadmill.

Manual Therapy

We are experts in soft tissue manual therapy.  Petra has 12 years of hands-on experience working with dogs and has passed all of her knowledge to Laurie and Sara.  We believe in treating the whole dog, and this means assessing every muscle and ensuring your dog is pain free dysfunction.  With soft tissue injuries we can isolate the root of the problem.

  • Myofascial Release

  • Therapeutic Massage

  • Joint Mobilization

  • Trigger Point Release



Cold laser treatment uses deep-penetrating light to promote a chain of chemical reactions known as photobiostimulation.  The laser uses light energy to cause a physiological change at the cellular level. These changes include replenishing adenosine triphosphate (ATP, the molecule that carries energy in the cells of every living being), activating cells and tissues at the level of the mitochondria, the structure that produces energy for the cell.  This stimulates injured cells to heal at an accelerated pace, reduces inflammation and decreases pain.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Pulsed ultrasound is the treatment of choice for tendonitis. Ultrasound therapy sends high-energy sound waves to injured tissues.  The ultrasound waves are generated by the vibration of crystals within the head of the probe. The ultrasound waves pass through the skin and cause a vibration of the local soft tissues.  Ultrasound helps tendon and ligament injuries heal more rapidly and promotes collagen fiber formation to maximize the long-term strength of the tendon..

Electrical Stimulation

Neruomuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) is used to rehabilitate muscles by stimulating the nerve that causes the muscle to contract. NMES works at many levels, affecting both the sensory and motor nerves. Electrotherapy causes skeletal muscle and smooth muscle contraction. It is used to help prevent muscle atrophy, "wake up" injured muscles, facilitate muscle re-education, increase local blood circulation, improve sensory awareness and maintain or increase joint mobility. It is particularly useful with dogs unable to perform voluntary movement.

Therapeutic Exercise

Core strengthening, balance training, proprioception (knowing where the body is in space) are an important part of a well-rounded dog rehabilitation program.

We have a myriad of exercises that can target specific areas:

  • Peanut ball

  • Disc

  • Bosu

  • Balance boards

  • Ladder

Just like humans, all dogs benefit greatly from core strengthening exercises.

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Short-Term Boarding for Dogs with Special Needs!

We offer specialized boarding for dogs currently undergoing rehabilitation, handicapped dogs, and dogs with special needs.  Ten years ago I started Aqua Dog Rehabilitation with my business partner. Over the years, countless clients asked us if we knew where they could board their injured dogs. These dogs need very special and specific care. I am happy to say that we are now able to offer this to all of our clients. We WILL adhere to all restrictions and instructions such as pottying only on leash, no jumping, no running, etc. Our trained staff will carry out your dog's home exercise program as prescribed by your dog's rehabilitation therapist so there is no loss of continuity in your dog's care while you are away. Where you are going on vacation or traveling for work, you can rest assured that your dog is in safe, competent and loving hands.  You can choose to continue your dog's rehab at Aqua Paws while you are away so your dog continues to  progress.  Give us a call to see if your dog is a good candidate!


Rest & Rehab at Playful Paws at Petras

Long-Term Boarding We Rehabilitate Your Injured Dog!

We know how challenging it can be to rehabilitate an injured dog. We all lead busy lives so we understand how hard it is to find time to bring your dog to rehab and carry out the home exercise program. Whether your dog is recovering from surgery, a soft tissue injury, a neurological injury or requires conditioning we can rehabilitate your dog.  While boarding at Playful Paws at Petra’s, your dog will receive scheduled rehabilitation sessions with Petra Ford, PT, CCRT, a “home exercise program” carried out by our highly qualified and trained staff and all restrictions will be strictly adhered to.  You can have peace of mind knowing that your dog is in highly qualified and experienced hands.

Home Exercise Program

You are in integral part of your dog's rehabilitation process. We consider a home exercise program an important part of excellent canine rehabilitation care. We teach all of our clients easy exercises they can do at home with their dog. This ensures your furry friend is getting therapy all week long.