Rehabilitation can often be an alternative to surgery. There was a day when injured dogs were put down. Today, a second chance is not just for people but for all animals as well. According to Pawsite marketing, there has been a great increase in the willingness of the American public, to adopt or care for handicapped animals that have illnesses or handicaps that in the past would have necessitated euthanasia.


Sophie is a 5-month-old German shepherd and so far has had a couple of weeks of physical therapy. According to her veterinarian at the California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE), she is learning to support her own weight and is beginning to walk. The video above shows the remarkable work that California Animal Rehabilitation is doing with Sophie and the video of her learning to walk makes you tearful and hopeful simultaneously.


The cyst pressing on top of her spinal cord on C1 and C2 was causing spinal cord injury atrophy to this awesome puppy. She is being helped with acupuncture, physical therapy and aqua therapy and she is possibly going to have surgery in the future to remove the cyst says her veterinarian at Cal. Animal Rehab.


California Animal Rehabilitation


  • Provides comprehensive rehabilitation care for pets
  • They combine education and expertise on both veterinary and physical therapy and canine rehabilitation.
  • Holistic approach that includes all factors in the rehabilitation equation
  • Medical history
  • Body condition
  • Lifestyle
  • Nutrition
  • Supplements and medication
  • State of the art technology







Rehabilitation will benefit your dog if any of these conditions are present:


Spine disorders


Muscle strains, spasms or weakness

Ligament, gait abnormalities or change in quality of movement

Changes in posture during daily activity like walks, trips to dog parks and the beach.

Dysplasia or arthritis

Disc problems, neck or back pain

Performance problems in K9 athletes

Obesity and or health concerns

General pain


This great rehab center in Santa Monica offers dog acupuncture, pet pain relief and full rehabilitation services.


They run Care Free Rehab, which is their Non Profit organization, that raises funds for those less fortunate pets, who are in need of treatment at the California Animal Rehabilitation.


Claudia Bensimoun

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  1. May 11, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    WOW. what an AMAZING org… thanks for that weepy view + share!!!!

  2. May 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Heartbreaking to watch – but what an improvement in a very short time. Long may it continue. Thanks for sharing.

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