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Enhancing Pets' Lives

Enhancing Pets’ Lives

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Our pets bring so much joy into our lives—it’s no surprise that when they suffer, we suffer right along with them. At Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, we are dedicated to improving and enriching the quality of life for our animal family members. We specialize in providing individualized rehabilitation options for dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes.

Conducted in a calm and healing environment, our full range of veterinary physical medicine services are designed for the relief of pain and inflammation. Whether you have a senior pet, an animal athlete, or a dog or cat with a weight problem, your companion will be treated with the utmost compassion and care.

Feel free to browse through our website and learn about some of the latest veterinary rehabilitation techniques and how they might benefit your animal companion. Check out our hospital tour to see our facility and some of the equipment we use during rehab sessions. Contact us for more information on the services we offer.

Pet of the Month

Girlfriend, TPLO Surgeries

Girlfriend is our September 2022 pet of the month! She is a 15 year old mixed breed that we initially started treating back in September of 2018 following a right TPLO procedure.  Following graduation from that surgery, she returned in January 2021 for regular treatment for her elbow and carpal osteoarthritis and compensatory muscle tension in her shoulders and neck. In September of 2021, Girlfriend ruptured her left cranial cruciate and required TPLO surgery. She has since recovered...

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It broke my heart that Echo had to be sidelined from the AKC National Agility Championship with a torn biceps tendon. He was 6 so I didn’t know what his future in agility would be after that. I am so incredibly grateful to have found Dr. Tari Kern and the amazing staff at Pawsitive Steps to lead his rehab. In addition to being knowledgeable, caring and professional, one of the things that impresses me the most about this staff is how well they tailor plans to each individual dog.
Echo’s rehab went flawlessly and I was able to get him qualified for the next Nationals in the limited remaining time that season. Echo came back from his injury stronger than ever and even earned the title of National Agility Champion that next year. We could not have done this without Pawsitive Steps! All of my dogs now work with this wonderful team to help them feel their best, stay strong, and help with injury prevention. Thank you Pawsitive Steps!

Angie Benacquisto & Echo

Finally got a decent free-stacked picture to show off the improvement I’ve seen in Tavi in just our short 2 months of working with the team at Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine – so much growth!!
I really enjoy working with a professional team with his fitness to make sure we are getting it right, and the team that we get when we see Dr. Kern is just top notch! They really go above and beyond to help achieve success! I’m so glad to be working with them in this way, where we are focused on building strength and injury prevention instead of recovery.

Stefanie Theis & Tavi

We had a fun day with a photo shoot of candid action shots and I just had to share a side by side. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you all have provided me for Easton!! He makes me smile so big and sometimes just tear up...happy tears ? 💕 💕 💕Just wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU!

Angie Couture & Easton

My boy 💕 Can’t believe it's been 4yrs since his Graduation! Thank you 4 Paws 1 Heart & Dr. Tari Kern & your amazing staff at Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine!!! If you have an animal with mobility issues, please give Pawsitive Steps a call for a consult, they are amazing!!

Denise Najera & Chance

I can never thank Dr. Kern and her staff enough for everything that they have done for my boy, Schnitz! Because of their expertise and compassion, Schnitz has a new zest for life. The Pawsitive Steps team is the best!

Valerie Ehrman

I wanted to give an update of Nahanni's progress this week to her therapy helpers. She's doing great, and as you can see uneven surfaces is a breeze when there's ice cold water at stake. This river is from one of the glaciers in Glacier National Park, Montana. I hope these pictures are a welcome sight and proof of the good exercises you've taught us. She had almost no problems maneuvering or with stamina on this trip and I'm very thankful for that.

Brandon Yuille

From Our Blog:

It’s a Cat!
It’s a Cat!

Jennie Houghteling, LVT, Cat Mom Extraordinaire* Yes, we see cats.  Yes, we really do put them in the underwater treadmill. The two biggest questions that I get all the time about cats are: Do you see cats at Pawsitive Steps? Do you really put cats in the underwater treadmill? The answer to both of these […]

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Signs of Fatigue
Signs of Fatigue

By Cathryn Adolph, LVT, CCRP, CCFT How do you know your dog is ready to stop exercising? When performing and prescribing exercises for our patients, we are consistently evaluating a patient’s physical ability to do the exercise and for signs of fatigue. Some dogs give us very obvious signs that they cannot do what is […]

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<strong>Summer Loving</strong>
Summer Loving

Jennie Houghteling, LVT The weather is warm and that means summer is upon us!  We may not always get a long summer here in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it with our furry friends.  Here is a list of some things to check off your summer bucket list with […]

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