Rehabilitation & Fitness

Hours of Operation

The Rehabilitation & Fitness department is available for consultation and treatments Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Drop-off appointments are also available for established patients.  You are welcome to contact the Rehabilitation & Fitness office directly at 713-693-1199 or at info@gcvs.com for further details or to schedule an appointment.

  • Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm


Gulf Coast Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness is a referral practice staffed by a Physical Therapist licensed in human practice (currently, licensure is not offered in Veterinary practice) who has received intensive training to transfer her skills to the animal world. Collaboration is available with the surgical specialists at GCVS as well as the other specialists in this group to enhance your pet’s recovery.

Our facility features state-of-the-art equipment, including two underwater treadmills, LASER, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and exercise equipment designed to facilitate your animal’s recovery. Our caseload includes patients with a wide variety of orthopedic, neurologic soft tissue and oncologic (cancer) problems. We also provide services to “healthy” dogs that need assistance with exercise for weight loss, conditioning, cross-training, and sports-specific exercise programs to maximize performance (including agility, field trial, flyball, lure coursing, obedience, and conformation competitors).

Initial Appointment

Your first appointment with the Therapist will be for a comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation and planning. This appointment will last approximately 60 minutes, dependent on your pet’s needs and tolerance. The Therapist will take measurements, discuss your goals for your pet, and make recommendations for the rehabilitation plan. Most patients will also receive treatment during this first appointment. In order to facilitate owner education and instructions, we ask that you either remain with your pet during this visit, or plan to meet with the Therapist when you return to pick up your pet.

If your primary Veterinarian referred your pet to GCARF, please bring your pet’s medical records, including any radiographs and lab results, to your first visit. If you were referred to GCARF by a Veterinarian at GCVS or GCVNN, your records will be accessible for the Therapist. In either case, you will need to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete paperwork.

Follow-up Appointments and Drop-offs

The therapist sees patients Monday through Friday by appointment. The frequency of your pet’s treatments will be discussed after an evaluation of your pet has been completed. To better accommodate your schedule, in most cases your pet may be dropped off as early as 7:15 and picked up as late as 5:30 p.m. Mid-day drop offs and pick ups can also be accommodated.

Therapist Callback Schedule

The Therapist receives many phone calls each day. She will take as many calls as possible between appointments and treatment sessions. However, in order to provide the best care possible to each patient, she must often return calls after completing patient care at the end of the day. Please be sure to give day and evening. Alternatively, the therapist may be contracted via e-mail which she frequently checks (nancyd@gcvs.com).

As your pet’s condition changes during the course of therapy, his/her home program and activities will also change. You will periodically receive updates to your home program when you pick up your pet. The rehabilitation technicians and assistants help convey information about your pet’s care to and from the therapist, allowing her to remain in the treatment area to provide your pet the best level of care.

Grooming/ Hygiene

GCVS does not provide grooming services. However, in order to maintain water quality in our underwater treadmill chamber, your pet’s coat must be clean and free of debris/matting. If we must bathe your dog prior to treatment, a fee will be assessed.


GCVS is not a boarding facility. However, we are happy to have current patients stay with us while owners travel in order to avoid interruptions in Rehabilitation care. While here, your pet will receive 24 hour on-site nursing supervision and care as well as continued therapy treatments.