Workshop by Karen Wickerson

are you interested in working with essential oils with your dog?


From your dog’s aches and pain, to coughing, stress or trauma, 100 percent pure essential oils can bring natural relief and support whenever your dog needs it. Using 100% therapeutic grade, seed to seal essential oils, Karen Wickerson will talk about the best types of oils to use for the physical and emotional support for your dog.  She will demonstrate the best way to use and apply these oils and discuss how she uses them in her practice during her 90 minute workshop.
Fee $40.00
When: Thursday November 15th 6:30 – 8:00  
Where: K9 Rehab Wellness Centre 3831 Still Creek Ave, Burnaby

an example of rehabilitation after TPLO surgery


Pickles came to us after his TPLO surgery in summer 2018 on his right stifle, he was not properly weight bearing on his hind, limped and showed a severe volume discrepancy in his hind legs.

The left picture showed him after one of his first sessions while the right picture shows him after his 6th session.

Not only did Pickles learn how to swim, he now displays a significant increase in his thigh muscle volume on both sides and equal weight bearing. Gentle stretching and massaging during lap breaks keep the muscles tone balanced and the exercise appropriate and fun!

surgery or conservative management?

At K9 Rehab Wellness Centre we often see clients for their post-surgery after care. One very common surgery is the ACL surgery. But not every dog is a candidate for orthopedic surgery! Other health concerns, old age or financial reasons can be reasons to look into other options to support your dogs optimal rehabilitation.

Whether you decide for a surgery or conservative management low- weight bearing exercises, our warm-water pool with knowledgeable staff provides everything you need to improve your pup’s rehabilitation process.

Effects of Hydrotherapy are (but not limited to): a sped up healing process, increased range of motion in joints and fascia, better blood circulation and a balanced muscle tone. – And there is more!

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What is muscle atrophy? – a quick overview!

You might have heard your Veterinarian talking about muscle atrophy. That describes the wasting away of muscle mass when they are not properly being engaged.  Important factors  impacting the muscle atrophy are not only the exercise your pup receives but, furthermore, the nutrients your dog takes in, medications, his/her age as well as other diseases, injury or pain.

How is muscle atrophy being diagnosed?  Whilst muscle atrophy is merely a symptom you want to check for the cause with your Veterinarian. Your Vet can conduct tests to diagnose what causes your dog to lose muscle mass. More symptoms coming along with muscle atrophy may be shaking muscles, weak legs (mostly manifesting in the rear), dragging of the paws, visibly sunken muscles or leg crossing when walking or standing.

How can you treat muscle atrophy? This will depend on your Vet’s diagnosis. But generally speaking you should try to engage your dog’s muscles appropriately, for example with  physical therapy or hydrotherapy. Dietary changes could be an option as well.

Why do we recommend Hydrotherapy as exercise for general muscle atrophy? Hydrotherapy utilizes all benefits of the water like its buoyancy, resistance, temperature and pressure to exercise in a controlled environment. Appropriate weight bearing and additional exercises are customizable for every client’s needs. That makes Hydrotherapy a FUN way to help your dog feel his/ her best!

Wellness and well-being products


enjoy this little tour through our retail area. We carry products that focus on your pet’s well-being and health, like tinctures, supplements and raw food and treats.