Information for Vets:


In human medicine there is no question that rehab is considered part of standard care from injury, surgery, conformation issues and age related conditions. Accordingly, the same concept should be used in veterinary medicine.

We've been helping dogs with their mobility and physical rehabilitation since 2017. Initially with our previously owned business at BE MORE DOG, then in 2020 we branched out separately as Canine Rehab and Hydrotherapy (CRAH). All of our staff have undergone specific training in our treatment modalities. You can read more about us here.

What services do we provide?
  • Underwater Treadmill Hydrotherapy - we have two underwater treadmills we can run concurrently, able to fit in even the biggest or smallest of dogs.
  • PBM (Photobiomodulation) Laser therapy - using a class IV laser allows us to achieve the desired theraputic dose in a time effective manner, helping to speed up recovery from many conditions.
  • Rehabilitation exercises and home physio programs - Exercises conducted both in house and home based physio exercises prescribed with videos customised according to the dog's current condition and stage of recovery.
  • Massage therapy - usually alongside other treatment modalities, such as paired with laser therapy or during hydrotherapy sessions.

What are the benefits?
  • Faster recovery and return to function from most orthopaedic conditions.
  • Being familiar with the recovery process and seeing the patients more often we can detect any abnormal progression.
  • During the patients recovery we understand when to continue, slow down or stop certain activities to have the patient rechecked by you.

Referral process: We understand that you are likely quite busy and respect that your time is important. Rather than requesting a written referral, we prefer to receive an email copy of your clinical notes and imaging which saves time and ensures we have all relevant history to review before the client's appointment. If you'd prefer to write a referral you are welcome to do that instead. Email us: vethx@crah.com.au.
Achiving the best results from rehab...

When to start hydrotherapy?

We have found that we are often seeing dogs for their hydrotherapy and rehabilitation a little later stage in their recovery than would be best practice. This lead us to create the treatment schedule below. The tables provide the stage in recovery when we would like to be starting hydrotherapy in order to achieve the best results.

Conducting exercise based therapy in the aquatic environment provides a lot more support with minimal impact and is safe to start sooner than you may have previously considered increasing land based activities during rehab. Consider using this resource and your discretion to decide when to refer, on a case by case basis.
Description When to start Treatment schedule Sessions per week
Osteoarthritis / DJD ASAP 6-12 weeks intensive, then reduced for maintenance 2 to 3
Age related / degenerative ASAP ongoing 1 to 3 depending on severity
Fractures 4 weeks 6-16 weeks 2 to 3
Soft tissue injury depending on severity from 2-4 weeks 6-12 weeks 1 to 2
Weight loss ASAP until desired weight achieved 2 to 3
Joint arthrodesis 6-8 weeks 6-16 weeks 2 to 3
Description When to start Treatment schedule Sessions per week
IVD herniation / spinal surgery Non ambulatory - commence ASAP keeping surgical site dry 8-26 weeks 2 to 5
IVD herniation / spinal no surgery Treat medically then start after 4-6 weeks. 8-26 weeks 2 to 5
Spinal deformity / compression Once managed medically 6-16 weeks 2 to 3 depending on severity
FCE / Ischemic myelopaty ASAP Once managed medically 6-16 weeks 3
Spinal infections When infection under control & pain managed 6-26 weeks 2 to 3
Wobblers / cervical spondylo myelopathy In early stages, ASAP. Late stage may not be recommended. 6 weeks + ongoing 2
Degenrative myelopathy ASAP ongoing 1 to 3 depending on severity
Spondylosis / spondilitis ASAP ongoing 1 to 2
Description When to start Treatment schedule Sessions per week
Carpus deformity no surgery ASAP 6-16 weeks 2
Carpus deformity surgery 4 weeks 6-16 weeks 2
Shoulder instability ASAP 6-24 weeks 2
OCD with surgery 2 weeks / closed surgical site 6-16 weeks 1 to 2
Elbow Dysplasia no sugery ASAP 6-16 weeks + ongoing if DJD 2 to 3
Elbow Dysplasia sugery 2 weeks / closed surgical site 6-16 weeks 2
Description When to start Treatment schedule Sessions per week
CCL injury no surgery 2-3 weeks or after acute phase 6-12 weeks intensive, then maintenance 2 to 3
CCL surgery (Extracapsular) 2 weeks / closed surgical site 6-12 weeks 2 to 3
CCL surgery (TPLO/TTA) 3-4 weeks 6-12 weeks 2 to 3
MPL no surgery ASAP 6-12 weeks 2 to 3
MPL with surgery 3-4 weeks 6-12 weeks 2 to 3
Hip Dysplasia no surgery ASAP 6-12 weeks intensive, then maintenance 2 to 3
TPO / DPO 4 weeks 6-16 weeks 2
Total Hip Replacement 4-8 weeks depending on current musculature 6-24 weeks 2 to 3
FHO ASAP / closed surgical site 6-16 weeks 2 to 3
Achillies tendon injury 6 weeks 6-16 weeks 1 to 3 depending on severity

- Bitch in season
- If the dog is in significant pain.
- Any open wounds, recent burns or superficial infections.
(except when necessary to mobilise ASAP such as non ambulatory spinal patients where we keep a surgical site dry).
- In the acute phase of an injury.
- Gastrointestinal issues / diarrhoea
- Advanced respiratory issues or advanced cardiac illness.
- If a topical flea / worm treatment was administered in the last 72 hours.
- Undergoing chemotherapy, we may not be able to see them for the following few days after a dose.
- Pregnancy (1st trimester)
- Immediately following a very long flight or car trip.
- There may also be regional contraindications or cautional contraindications we can work around.

Description When to start Treatment schedule Sessions per week
Most treatment conditions ASAP 4 to 6 week course, then maintenance. First 2 weeks = 2-4 times per week. Week 3 to 4 = 1 to 2 times per week, tapering down in subsequent weeks.

PBM stands for Photobiomodulation and is the preferred term to use regarding laser therapy as with it gives us a better indication to the biological function of the laser light.

How does it work?
When we apply laser light at specific frequencies from our machine, the light passes through the skin and body tissues. The target is a protein called Cytochrome C, found within the mitochondria in the cells and is crucial in driving cellular metabolism.

When tissue is damaged, there is less production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) in the mitochondria which results in the cellular metabolism being slowed down. When the laser light is absorbed by Cytochrome C it kick starts the elctron transport chain to increase the production of ATP, restoring & increasing cellular metabolism and function.

As well as ATP production, the laser light stimulates the production of other compounds, free nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS). NO and ROS are important in cellular signaling pathway mechanisms. NO is also a vasodilator, and ROS affects the inflammatory response. Accordingly, an increase of these compounds results in faster cellular signaling and reduced inflammation.

Overall, PBM therapy helps to restore normal cellular function, increases rate of tissue repair, reduces inflammation and edema (fluid swelling) and helps to prevent further cellular death (apoptosis). If you have any further questions regarding this please dont hesitate to reach out.

Key information about some of our treatments:



Want to know more?

We may have had some past dealings with your clinic, but it has come to our attention that a lot of our colleagues may not be aware of us yet or know what we do.
If you'd like to find out a bit more information about any of our treatments, or would simply like to come and inspect our facility, don't hesistate to reach out.
We'd love to show you around and have a bit more of a chat about how we can help your patients with their recoveries.

Thanks in advance for your referral!
72 Princes Hwy, St Peters, NSW 2044