Alternative and Complementary Therapy

As alternative therapies have become more popular with pet owners, we have added these modalities to the services we offer. Cedarview Animal Hospital is pleased to offer the Ottawa area’s first underwater dog treadmill, to aid in the canine rehabilitation process. We also specialize in Canine Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about whether these types of therapy could benefit your pet.

Underwater Treadmill


dog receiving rehabilitation therapy in underwater treadmill with smiling vet technicianUnderwater Treadmill Therapy for Dogs

Cedarview Animal Hospital is home to the Ottawa area’s first underwater dog treadmill; a low-impact therapy that allows dogs to begin the rehabilitation process earlier than normal.

Dog therapy enhances performance of athletic working dogs, decreases pain, speeds post-surgical recovery and improves mobility for older dogs.

Using the natural properties of water (buoyancy, resistance and heat), the treadmill workout helps the animal increase muscle strength and endurance, and allows for a quicker transition to land-based therapy.


  • water buoyancy reduces gravity, diminishing concussive forces
  • water height is regulated to accommodate different-sized animals and adjust for weight bearing
  • allows early intervention and quicker recovery times
  • water provides resistance throughout the range of motion, providing gentle, hydrokinetic exercise
  • warm water assists in pain reduction

Please get in touch if you would like to find out whether this type of therapy would be appropriate for your dog!

collie on agility course

Canine Rehabilitation & Pain Management


Canine Rehabilitation & Pain Management

Recognizing symptoms of pain in pets can be challenging.  Many will mask symptoms or display signs that may be confused with other behaviours or aging.  Yet we know that pain is common in pets, not only following injury, but also accompanying chronic illness and with mobility issues.

We pride ourselves on detecting and treating even subtle pain in your pet, and offer a wide array of therapies to keep your pet comfortable and happy.

Types of rehabilitation and pain management we offer:

  • Orthopedic (e.g. ruptured knee ligaments, elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, and amputation)
  • Neurological (e.g. spinal disk disease, fibrocartilaginous emboli, spinal trauma, radial nerve damage, wobblers disease, and degeneration of the cervical or lumbosacral spine)
  • Sports and working dog conditioning (e.g. agility, flyball, field work, obedience, racing, police or military work)
  • General conditioning and weight management

Our therapies include:

  • underwater treadmill therapy
  • laser therapy
  • therapeutic ultrasound
  • physical therapies (e.g. joint & spinal mobilizations, thermotheraphy, cryotherapy)
  • medical acupuncture
  • therapeutic massage
  • pharmacological options


Attention veterinarians:

Download a copy of our rehabilitation services referral form