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Below you will find videos featuring California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) and its patients.


The Ultimate Guide to Running With Your Dog

Want to take your dog running? Check out these 9 training tips to make Fido a happy and healthy workout companion.

Karla Bruning | Jan 31, 2015

“…Ask a veterinarian that specializes in rehabilitation medicine for a biomechanical exam, especially if you’re looking to put in serious miles, suggests Jessica Waldman, veterinarian, canine rehabilitation therapist, and medical director of California Animal Rehabilitation. The vet can alert you to any pre-existing conditions that might affect your dog’s ability to go the distance, as well as give you warm-ups, cool-downs, and stretches for your furry athlete. “If you’re doing all of that for yourself, you need to do it for your dog too,” Waldman says.” Read full article at Shape.com

Photo by Julie Ellerton / TMT

Barrie the Labrador’s Big Comeback

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by Jimy Tallal / Special to The Malibu Times

When all four legs became paralyzed, experts were doubtful he could ever live a normal dog’s life.
“The experts told Martin that physical therapy might help Barrie regain the use of his legs. At California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) in West L.A., under the care of veterinarian co-owner Jessica Waldman, he underwent a grueling program for four hours a day, six days a week for six months….Read full article at MalibuTimes.com

Dog Supplements: What every senior dog owner needs to know

Ann-Marie Fleming | dogquality.com
August 21, 2011

“Dr. Jessica Waldman, VMD, CVA, CCRT with California Animal Rehabilitation (CARE) describes, ‘Risks of supplements include gastrointestinal upset due to rapid introduction or intolerance of certain ingredients within supplements, and allergic reactions to sources of the ingredients. Some supplements interfere with and/or interact with medications the pet may be taking concurrently. Dosages of some medications may need to be adjusted if a pet is going to start on specific supplements.'”
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Personal Trainers for Fat Pets

by Lenore Skenazy, thedailybeast.com

September 24th, 2010

“The recently released third annual study by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reports that more than 45 percent of dogs and 58 percent of cats are overweight…’We do all sorts of ‘people yoga’ positions for pets,’ says Waldman, a veterinarian whose California Animal Rehabilitation center outside of Los Angeles employs four physical therapists who formerly worked on people, including one who trained Olympic athletes.”

CARE When Your Pet Needs It (PDF)

By Diane Solomon
September 17th, 2010

“What do you do when your spry and seemingly healthy dog starts limping? Well first you check his paws to see if he has a burr stuck in there. When that’s all clear and he still won’t put any weight on his leg it’s time for a trip to the vet. When the vet checks him out and can’t come up with a diagnosis they send you to the orthopedic specialists. When the specialists can’t find anything wrong they send him home with pain pills and anti-inflammatory medications…”

Is a vegetarian diet safe for my dog? (PDF)

By Jessica A. Knoblauch, Mother Nature Network (MNN)
Tue, Aug 10th, 2010

“Vegetarian proteins tend not to have all the amino acids, so you have to do multiple combinations of varying types of sources of protein to get the right amino acids, which can get a little tricky to manage,’ says Dr. Jessica Waldman, a veterinarian who operates a full-time pet rehabilitation clinic in Santa Monica, Calif. Waldman says she steers her clients away from vegetarian diets because she believes they are unnatural…”

Running With Dogs: What You Need to Know (PDF)

by Kristen Seymour at PawNation.com
Dec 10, 2009

“Dr. Jessica Waldman of California Animal Rehabilitation has seen many dogs whose owners have run them to the point of injury. She recommends stretching with your dog to avoid problems…”

Pet owners turn to rehab for their four-legged friends (PDF)

By Maureen McFadden
Jun 4, 2009

“Age may be taking the bounce out of your dog’s step, but he doesn’t have to live his final years hobbling around in pain. Whether it’s age or injury-related, the road to recovery starts on all four legs…”

LATimes Article + Video: Fido? He’s in rehab — for his knee (or is it his elbow?) (PDF)

By Carla Hall
January 4th, 2009

“A Santa Monica clinic provides physical therapy for dogs, cats — even a rabbit…They come in with arthritis, back pain, sore elbows. Some are recuperating from car accidents or surgery or just bad judgment (a leap off a balcony). Others are coping with the ravages of old age…They work out on treadmills, strengthen their core muscles, get their joints manipulated and undergo acupuncture. They are patients of California Animal Rehabilitation, seeking physical therapy for pain relief and better mobility…”

Daily News Article: California Animal Rehabilitation Puts Spring Back in Pets’ Steps (PDF)

By Melissa Hecksher, Staff Writer.
October 13th, 2008

“…About eight months ago, the 8-year-old springer spaniel – a perky pooch who now bounds up to strangers with an unstoppable wag in his tail – was quadriplegic due to a bony growth in his spine that worsened as he aged….”

Wealth Magazine (PDF)

Summer 2008

“Pet care isn’t just about food, though. It’s about fitness, health and overall wellness, too, according to Drs. Jessica Waldman and Amy Kramer, co-founders of Los Angeles-based California Animal Rehabilitation, which provides rehabilitation and exercise trainig for injured and out-of-shape animals…”

Santa Monica Sun: CARE Offers Rehab for Rover (PDF)

June 2008

“…physical rehabilitation is especially helpful to pets with chronic and debilitating conditions like arthritis and dysplasia, or those recovering from surgery…

Pet Age Magazine: Emerging Pet Therapy (PDF)

Physical rehabilitation for pets is an emerging field in veterinary medicine.
June 2008

“Until now, pet owners were left to their own devices to manage a pet’s chronic post-operative pain’ said Dr. Jessica Waldman. ‘We have seen proper rehabilitation programs result in pets having fully functional and pain-free lives. At CARE we combine and East-West medical philosophy targeting the whole pet, not just one issue. By weighing their medical history, lameness, exercise and nutrition into the rehabilitation process, we have seen a drastic impact on overall healing.’

My Dog Is Skinnier Than Yours (PDF)

New York Sun
By Lenore Skenazy
April 22, 2008

“As blimps the country, so blimp its dogs – about 30% are now considered overweight. But the dogs have something we don’t have: A magic bullet…

MSNBC.com: Physical Rehab Helps Keep Pets Moving (PDF)

Therapy can ease pain, improve mobility and aid weight loss
By Kim Campbell Thornton
April 19, 2006

“All of these treatments are aimed toward helping the dog regain range of motion, tissue mobility, strength and function, whether that is competing in agility, working as police or therapy dogs, or just being able to get up on the couch again,’ says Amy Kramer of Manhattan Beach, Calif., who is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist.

TV Segments

LATimes: Pet TLC at California Animal Rehabilitation (Video)

January 2nd, 2009
They are the dogs and cats and rabbits who come to California Animal Rehabilitation
in Santa Monica, Califorina for the animal’s version of physical therapy.

Pet Acupuncture Practice Moves Mainstream

By Vicki Chen, Enabler TV News
Thursday, November 29, 2012

Some dog owners are turning to Eastern medicine to treat their pets’ common ailments like arthritis and anxiety.

Read full article and watch video at atvn.org or download this article (PDF)

Ivanhoe Newswire Video: Pet TLC at California Animal Rehabilitation (Video)

June 11th, 2009 by Casey Taylor
“Age may be taking the bounce out of your dog’s step, but he doesn’t have to live his final years hobbling around in pain. Whether it’s age or injury-related, the road to recovery starts on all four legs. Somewhere in all that doggie talk, your pup may be trying to tell you he’s in pain.


FOX News: Rehab Center Helping Pets with Physical Ailments (Video)

Jan 5, 2009, Fox 11 News Los Angeles
If you had back pain or arthritis, you would go for physical therapy. So why not give your pet the same kind of care? There is a place in Santa Monica where you can do just that. Christina Gonzalez shows us what it is all about in this video report.

MSNBC: Therapy for Fido: Cutting-edge canine care (Video)

February 2, 2009, MSNBC.com
NBC’s Michael Okwu takes a look inside a new age pet rehabilitation center in Santa Monica, California.

CKAL: Get a Personal Trainer — For Your Pet (Video)

Nov 26, 2008, KCAL 9 News
Is your four-legged friend a little rotund? There are services available to help Fido of Fluffy lose some weight. Christina McLarty reports.

CBS Segment: Keeping Pets Out Of Pain (Video)

July 21, 2008
CARE is featured in this CBS segment about alternatives to surgery for pets. Teri Okita reports for CBS.

Other Videos

Tripawds (3-part Video)

Tripawds interview with California Animal Rehab (CARE) Founders Dr. Jessica Waldman and Dr. Amy Kramer with Happy Face, the three legged dog. Includes diccussions about stretching, exercises and phantom pain in three-legged dogs.


Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

Tripawds: Veterinary Acupuncture for Three Legged Lobo

Three legged dog Lobo couldn’t walk before his veterinary acupuncture session at California Animal Rehab. Learn the benefits of acupuncture for dogs and how to find a certified practitioner.


Tripawds: Rear Leg Workouts for Lucy at CARE

Lucy the three legged Rottweiler had her rear leg amputated due to osteosarcoma. Watch he get canine rehabilitation stretching and exercises at California Animal Rehab in Santa Monica, CA.



Keeping your dog safe and healthy

By Diane, 9/30/13 on JJ The American Street Dog

Dr. Jessica Waldman at California Animal Rehab CARE sees many overweight dogs with limited movement and improving their diet is one of the easiest ways to help put more spring in their step…Read More.

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