NEW! GVH is now offering canine Physical Rehabilitation Services!

We are excited that Anna Tackett, DVM, CCRP (Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner) is providing physical rehabilitation services in addition to seeing her preventative care and diagnostic patients! She can help your pet recover from surgery, regain mobility from a previous injury, and so much more!

What is canine physical rehabilitation?

Canine physical rehabilitation is another tool we can utilize to help animals recover from injuries, relieve pain, and increase strength and endurance. It is best used in combination with traditional medicine to enhance a patient’s quality of life.  This branch of medicine allows general practitioners, certified rehabilitation practitioners, surgeons, and pet parents to work together to bring pets back to optimal health and function at a much quicker rate.

What can it treat?

  • Ligament and muscle injuries
  • Regaining function after surgery
  • Weakness
  • Neurological abnormalities
  • Regaining function after a fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Dysplasia
  • Chronic dysfunction or pain
  • Obesity

What to expect

At your first appointment, Dr. Tackett will evaluate your pet’s current range of motion, pain levels, functionality, and take measurements of your pet’s muscle mass. Using the working diagnosis, she will work with you to create a specific therapy plan, to reach the goals you desire for your pet.

Depending on your level of comfort performing the exercises with your pet and other important factors, she will either prescribe an at-home therapy program, an in-clinic therapy program with Dr. Tackett and her nurses, or a combination of both.

Throughout the prescribed therapeutic workout regime, Dr. Tackett will periodically repeat neuromuscular examinations, joint angle measurements, and muscle mass measurements to ensure your pet is progressing properly and that they are on track to achieving your goals for them.

Dr. Tackett is dedicated to helping your pet have a better life and will customize a rehabilitation program tailored to your pet’s needs. 

If you think your pet may benefit from physical therapy and would like more information, please let us know! 

You can read some of our testimonials below the video to see how our patient’s owners feel after their pet has completed their rehabilitation program!

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This video is of the adorable “Sasha.” She’s a pup recovering from a broken leg and her PT visits with Dr. Tackett are making all the difference. It may not look like they’re doing much more than playing, but each movement and step is part of a strategic exercise plan Dr. Tackett puts together to target certain muscle groups with the goal of improving Sasha’s strength and flexibility.

We just want to thank you for all your guidance and treatment options for Cookie. She has come a long way in a short period of time. It was hard at first but in the end, it has paid off for her. She is enjoying getting to run and play again. We can't thank you enough for all the hard work, dedication, and love you have given to Cookie.

Mace & Sue R."Cookie"

Piper has gradually improved throughout her therapy with Dr. Tackett. When I first brought her in, the slightest bit of exercise caused her to limp and have soreness. Dr. Tackett + team did a great job treating Piper and building her strength back up. Along the way, Dr. Tackett took time to teach me at home treatments, stretches, and suggested other items such as supplements and braces that has served Piper well. Dr. Tackett had great communication and cares about her patients. Because of our rehab with Georgetown Veterinary Hospital, Piper has gained back her quality of life and has been able to go back to doing the things she loves most- running and agility! As a pet owner, I feel more educated and confident to provide my pet what she needs and I thank Dr. Tackett for providing me with tools such as an online PT portal where I can watch videos on how to continue Pipers treatment.

Heather D."Piper"

Our 13+ year old dog Cookie went through TPLO surgery quite nicely, but the physical therapy she received afterward helped immensely with her recovery. Dr. Tackett always followed up with me after each therapy session to let me know how she did and what we could do at home to speed our dog's progress. Our dog is now walking better than she has in years and is no longer in pain. In spite of Cookie's age, we are so happy that we made the decision to do the surgery and the post-op physical therapy. And we are so thankful to Dr. Tackett for all the kind, professional, and gentle care that she provided to our dog!

Sue J."Cookie"

Our 11-year-old Frenchie, Bajoues, was losing muscle tone in her back legs due to aging in her spine. This was causing her to have difficulty walking and holding her stool. She was also in a lot of pain and so we went to Dr. Tackett. Bajoues has been doing in-person physical therapy sessions as well as guided at-home exercises with us for the past 2.5 months. In that time we have seen great improvement in her mobility and her ability to make it outside. She is walking better, can get upstairs, and even tried to run with our other dog. It has been wonderful seeing her regain some quality of life and we couldn't be happier that she is doing so well. We would highly recommend a physical therapy plan from Dr. Tackett to anyone with a pet that is struggling.

Mika M."Bajoues"

My puppy (Sasha) broke her back leg at the age of 10 weeks. She was in a splint for 4 weeks. During that time, the muscles in her splinted leg atrophied from lack of use. Because of her age, I was especially concerned with the lagging development in her bad leg. Plus, she had adapted to getting around on 3 legs, so even though the splint was off, she resisted using that 4th leg in a normal fashion. Dr. Tackett came to the rescue!! She measured the circumference of both thighs at the beginning of the PT sessions. Her bad leg started off only 70% of the size of her good leg. After working with her over the course of 2 months, the muscle and size of the bad leg had caught up to the good leg. She used the leg normally while running and playing. Sasha LOVED going to her PT sessions. She would get so excited in the car knowing she was going to see and play with her "buddies". I highly recommend Dr. Tackett and her Physical Therapy program. She monitored Sasha’s progress from week to week, adjusting the level of exercise as Sasha gained strength. The exercises are conducted in a fun environment, engaging the dog's interest, with an extremely rewarding outcome. It was a wonderful experience for both me and Sasha!

Nancy G."Sasha"

Cashmere had CLC and ACL surgery. After surgery, she still was favoring her leg, and with the help of Dr. Tackett and her team Cashmere has been doing very well. With the help of Dr. Tackett Cashmere began to trust her leg. Dr. Tackett also gave me direction on therapy I could do a home with Cashmere. Which she especially loves the massages. PT was a big help in getting Cashmere comfortable with using her leg again.

Colette W."Chashmere"