Healing Tails strongly believes in developing a   partnership   with proactive pet parents committed to   naturally   supporting their pet's health conditions and injuries without the use of continuous medications or surgery.


If you’re reading this, chances are your pet is experiencing some limitation to their mobility. Whether your pet is suffering from arthritis or has recently had surgery, I hope that these tips will help both you and your pet better navigate through this stage in your lives. 

Physical Rehabilitation for Pets

“Healing Tails strongly believes in developing a partnership with proactive pet parents who are committed to naturally supporting their pet’s health conditions or injuries without the use of continuous medications or surgery.”

Physical rehabilitation is a specialized area of veterinary medicine which helps to provide non-invasive pain relief for pets that are hurting and helps to improve the strength and mobility of pets who are injured or  suffering from chronic medical conditions or injuries. 

Signs of Pain in Pets

Stiff or slow to stand

Difficulty walking up or down stairs

Trouble jumping up on the couch or in the car

Arching the back or walking differently

Slowing down on walks


Muscle spasms

Medical Conditions that Can Benefit from Physical Rehabilitation

  • Arthritis

  • Hip dysplasia

  • ACL injuries

  • Intervertebral disc disease

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Tendonitis

  • Degenerative myelopathy

  • Laryngeal paralysis

  • Patellar luxation

How does physical rehabilitation help?

Our overall goal with physical rehabilitation is to help relieve your pet’s pain and inflammation naturally and improve your pet’s strength and mobility.  By closely assessing your pet’s areas of pain and weakness, we’re able to create a progressive treatment plan which continues to build on the previous week's improvement. The best case scenario would be to progressively increase the difficulty of the exercises to bring your pet to optimal strength and mobility; this can only be accomplished under the guidance of a trained rehab professional.  Improving your pet’s endurance and strength and relieving their pain will ensure that you both are able to live the life you love for as long as possible together!

Physical Rehabilitation After Surgery

Rehabilitation helps to speed up the healing process after surgery. For example, when a dog injures their ACL, they can lose up to 30% of their muscle mass after surgery. It would take nearly a year of leash walking to regain that muscle mass. Over the course of that year when your pet is gradually getting stronger, those muscle imbalances could potentially predispose them to developing injuries or pain in other areas of their body as their musculoskeletal system compensates.  After any surgery,  a targeted rehab plan can help your pet get back to enjoying their regular activities pain free and sooner than they would without it. 

The Healing Tails Difference

Healing Tails offers a variety of natural pain relief options including:

  • Laser therapy

  • Acupuncture

  • Chiropractic Care

  • Underwater Treadmill Therapy

We designed our office with you and your pet in mind by creating a calm and relaxed environment. We focus on your pet as an individual-- this means we create a treatment plan specifically for them and their medical needs. We also value you as a pet parent  and recognize you as an important part of your pet’s care team. We want to make sure that you thoroughly understand your pet’s health condition and can be an active part of their healing and recovery.  

Contact Form

We understand that you may still have some questions that need to be answered before scheduling a visit to Healing Tails. Please fill out the form and a team member will contact you as soon as possible.

We are conveniently located off of all major highways including

I-55, I-290, Lakeshore drive, I-90/94


Free parking is available


1921 S. Archer Ave.

Chicago, IL 60616

Email: info@healingtailschicago.com
Phone:  312-929-3780


Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Thursday: 9:00 AM - 6:30 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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