Compassionate Rehabilitation Services for Pets in Southeastern Michigan

Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine

The desire of every pet owner is to have a happy, healthy companion with whom to share many years of life. However, sometimes injury, advanced age, and illness can get in the way of that dream. A detailed physical medicine and rehabilitation program from Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, specifically designed for your pet, can help to improve your pet's health and vitality by reducing pain, increasing mobility, strengthening muscles, and improving balance and coordination.

How do you know if your pet needs rehabilitation therapy?

Pain is the primary indicator that your animal friend might be in need of rehabilitation therapy. Since dogs and cats are very good at hiding their discomfort, it is important to be aware of subtle changes in their behavior, which may indicate that they are in pain.

The following are some of the conditions that can benefit from rehabilitation therapy. If your pet fits into any of these categories, or if you have any question about a change in your pet's activity level or behavior, talk to your primary veterinarian about having your pet evaluated for rehabilitation therapy.

  • Aging (straining to stand or sit, weakness, stiffness)
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic pain
  • Degenerative nerve disease
  • Fracture repairs
  • Hip or elbow dysplasia
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Limping or changes in gait during daily activities
  • Muscle strains, spasms, or weakness
  • Obesity/weight reduction
  • Performance problem in animal athletes
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Recent surgery for joint, tendon, or ligament repair
  • Spinal or disc disease or surgeries
  • Sports injuries


Therapeutic exercise/rehabilitation medicine is an essential part of any rehabilitation therapy program for increasing muscle strength, improving flexibility, and enhancing cardiovascular health.

Veterinary acupuncture is a valuable tool in the management of pain and treatment of other debilitating conditions in dogs and cats.

Electrical stimulation has applications in numerous conditions from pain relief to combating muscle atrophy.

We offer a multimodal approach to pain management, combining the best in physical medicine techniques, including therapeutic laser and acupuncture, with pain relieving pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements.

Post-operative care includes individualized rehabilitation programs that not only help speed healing time, but also can improve post-operative recovery for your pet.

Our quality of life services can assist pet owners as they address some of the challenges faced as pets near the end of their life.

Learn how Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine can help to keep your pet's senior years more active and comfortable and treat pain for arthritis.

Therapeutic laser is beneficial for reducing inflammation and pain, and promoting healing.

Therapeutic massage helps to reduce stress, increase muscle and joint mobility, improve circulation, and enhance healing. 

Therapeutic ultrasound uses sound waves to promote healing and treat various medical conditions.

Our underwater treadmill provides the means for exercise therapy in a reduced weight-bearing environment.

Weight management is an important part of maintaining your pet's health. Obesity is associated with many canine and feline health problems including arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.

Veterinary orthotic and prosthetic care has dramatically improved over the last decade. At Pawsitive Steps Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, our goal is to help make the best possible choices when assistive devices are needed for our patients.

For any questions or more information about any of the veterinary rehab services we offer, please contact us