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Pittsburgh's ONLY  standalone pet rehabilitation center

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Who We Are

Our team of Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners is excited to bring this unique facility to the Greater Pittsburgh area. Canine athletes of all experience levels are welcome, as are veterinary referrals.


Flexible scheduling by appointment.

Call 412-837-2047 or email us to schedule your dog's fitness evaluation today!

Steel City Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine

998 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237, United States

412-837-2047

Meet Our Team

Jessika PT, DPT, CCRT

Dog with yoga mat

Jessika is a licensed human physical therapist who earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Chatham University. She became certified in Canine Rehabilitation in through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in 2014. She began her CCRT career at PVSEC Blue Pearl, where she treated patients with a variety of diagnoses.

Meredith Wille LVT, CCRP, CCFT

Dog physical therapy with skateboard

Meredith has been in the veterinary field since 1988. A lifelong learner, she has continued her education beyond a Licensed Veterinary Technician: in 2017 she earned her designation as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee. She is also a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer and is currently pursuing certification in  pain management (CVPM).

Brian Silvis DVM

Dr. Brian Silvis holding Pug

Dr. Brian completed his B.S. in Biology at Westminster College, before earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 1999. He serves as medical director for several local veterinary practices and is following his passion for rehabilitative medicine by attending the University of Tennessee to obtain his CCRP.

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Why Canine Fitness?

 

A Solid Foundation

Physical fitness begins with a solid foundation: a foundation capable of enduring any number of surprising challenges. This provides a platform for your dog to overcome challenges faster and with less stress. When designed properly, an exercise program can be effective both mentally and physically in a short amount of time.

Lifelong Health

With more than 50% of our canine companions considered to be overweight, a good basic fitness program can help reduce body weight, increase muscle strength, improve organ function, and prolong their lives.

Canine Health Puzzle Program

Our fitness team teaches you and your dog how to exercise with proper form, allowing your dog to work targeted muscle groups and focus on specific needs for sport and for overall health. The Canine Health Puzzle Program is well-rounded to improve your dog’s mental fitness, balance, strength, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory health.  

Ready to Start?

Our team will create a fitness program to meet your needs, whether it be for competitive sport, overall health and wellness, or to bring your pup up to speed as a running buddy!

Veterinary Rehabilitation

Veterinary rehabilitation offers drug-free alternative therapies to help promote healing and improve quality of life without undesirable side effects. Using a variety of treatment modalities, our team of veterinarians and certified rehab technicians customize therapy regimens specific to each patient’s needs.


Our team treats every patient as an individual, taking into consideration the primary reason for treatment as well as overall health, ability and any other underlying conditions.


Common referral packages include:

ORTHOPEDIC CARE

Osteoarthritis Simple Fracture Repairs Post-operative Recovery (e.g. TPLO, FHO, CCL, MPL surgeries)

NEUROLOGICAL CARE

Cervical Myelopathy Degenerative Myelopathy Post-op Hemilaminectomy

This is not an exhaustive list - ask your veterinarian if a rehabilitation program may help improve your dog’s quality of life!


Physiotherapy

Dog on physiotherapy equipment

  •  Manual therapies: This includes massage, therapeutic stretching, range-of-motion exercises adapted from techniques used in human physical therapy.  Our rehab technicians use manual therapy during sessions in the Rehabilitation Center, and will teach you how to correctly perform exercises with your pet at home for additional benefit.


  • Strength, coordination, flexibility and balance therapies: These exercises help to improve coordination and balance, using specialized equipment that includes Cavaletti poles, physioballs, rocker & wobble boards, and therapy bands. By learning to balance on uneven or mobile surfaces, your pet will become more aware of where his feet are, increasing stability and strengthening nerve signals - this is especially helpful for pets with conditions that cause them to lean to one side or have frequent falls.

Hydrotherapy

Large dog in underwater treadmill for hydrotherapy

The Underwater Treadmill offers low-impact, high resistance therapy with the buoyancy of water to reduce pressure on your pet's joints, improve muscle strength, cardiovascular endurance, and range-of-motion.

The specialized tank is filled with warm water that helps relax muscles, allow deeper stretching, and increase range of motion. Our rehab technicians control the water level (to increase or decrease resistance) and treadmill speed to suit each patient's needs. It's especially useful for pets with injured or painful joints. 

Ultrasound Therapy

Dog receiving warm ultrasound treatment

Therapeutic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that cause vibrations in soft tissue, generating heat and increasing blood flow. This helps to heal injuries by stimulating cells and oxygen to the affected area.

Ultrasound therapy is also used to reduce muscle spasms, decrease swelling and inflammation, and can help break down scar tissue. ​ 

Electrostimulation Therapy

Boxer receiving electrostimulation therapy

E-stim is similar to NMES (NeuroMuscular Electrical Stimulation) therapy for humans, and is especially useful for pets with orthopedic or neurological conditions.


Conductive patches (electrodes) attached to strategic areas provide low-voltage current, stimulating motor nerves. Electrical impulses cause your pet's muscles to contract and relax.

This treatment helps to decrease pain, relieve muscle spasms, improve strength and prevent muscle atrophy by increasing muscle mass, and improve circulation joint mobility. 

Class IV Laser Therapy

Springer Spaniel ready for Laser Therapy after CCL repair

The Class IV Therapy Laser is a versatile, non-invasive therapy that works by enhancing your pet's natural healing properties. Using infrared light to activate the mitochondria in tissue cells, it stimulates growth of new, healthy cells and encourages vasodilation that increases the delivery of fresh, oxygenated blood to the affected area.

Laser treatments can improve nearly any condition that benefits from decreased inflammation, pain relief, and increased blood flow. This includes everything from acute problems like wounds, "hot spots," and skin/ear infections to chronic, long-term orthopedic disease. We use it immediately post-op for all of our surgical patients and after dental extractions. 

tPEMF (targeted pulsed electromagnetic field)

Pharaoh Hound with Assisi Loop around neck

The tPEMF Assisi Loop is a painless, non-invasive tool that helps to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and speed healing for both soft and hard tissue injuries.

After injury, the body naturally releases nitric oxide to stimulate the healing process. The Assisi Loop uses electromagnetic technology to enhance this process, resulting in faster healing and less pain for your pet. The microcurrent electricity is able to penetrate bandages and casting material, making it an excellent therapy for pets with orthopedic injuries and post-surgical recovery.

tPEMF therapy is most effective when used several times per day for the first stage of treatment, followed by a tapering dose. It can be used for maintenance for pets with chronic or degenerative diseases. With a prescription, you can purchase a device for use in the comfort of your home, and our rehab staff will train you on how to use it properly for your pet's condition. 

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