How Girraween Veterinary Hospital Treat, Rehabilitate, And Care For Your Dog

Here at Girraween Veterinary Hospital, we love animals of all shapes, sizes, and breeds. Because we’re based in Darwin, we often get to meet and treat exotic animals from all corners of the globe. However, we do have a soft spot in our hearts for man’s best friend, the humble canine. Our clinic is equipped to provide a huge range of services for your dog, and we are the only clinic in Darwin that is equipped to offer dog rehabilitation services like laser therapy or hydrotherapy.

We thought we’d take a moment to step you through how we go about treating, rehabilitating, and providing care for your pet.

Bring them in for a consultation

The first thing we ask you do is schedule an appointment! Bring your dog in to meet our team of highly-qualified veterinarians and nurses. You can schedule an appointment over the phone or you can book online.

If you have a question regarding diet, exercise or general advice call to book a nurse consult with one of our friendly qualified nurses.

Careful assessment

Once your dog is in the clinic, we’ll assess them for any health concerns. We can provide a general health check-up as well as a dental health check-up. We also offer tailored assessments such as;

  • PennHIP services. AID PennHIP testing helps estimate your pet’s risk for ailments such as osteoarthritis or hip dysplasia. Early detection allows us to develop preventative strategies to suit your dog.
  • Titre testing. We believe in the power of animal vaccinations, but we understand that you may be concerned about the levels of antibodies in their blood. That’s why we offer titre testing, so you can put your mind at ease.
  • Digital X-rays. Dog x-rays allow us to get a clear insight into what’s happening inside your dog without being invasive. We’re able to take multiple high-quality images safely and quickly.
  • Dog ultrasound. While this is often used for diagnosing pregnancy, dog ultrasounds can be a fantastic diagnostic tool to help us get a clear picture of what medical attention your pet needs.
  • Pathology. We offer both in-house and referral pathology, so we can get a quick turn-around on your dog’s bloodwork.

Dog Rehabilitation

Once your dog has been treated, it can be a while until they’re back to full health. That’s why we offer dog rehabilitation services. Your dog will be back on its feet in no time at all.

Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free dog rehabilitation method. It has been proven to;

  • Reduce post-surgery healing time
  • Treat acute and chronic conditions such as;
    • arthritis
    • hip dysplasia
    • burns
    • wounds
    • neck and back pain

Benefits to laser therapy as a form of dog rehabilitation include;

  • Reduction in spasms
  • Pain relief
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved flexibility and function
  • Reduced osteoarthritis symptoms
  • Reduced swelling and inflammation
  • Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
  • Increased metabolic activity
  • Increased quality of life.

Hydrotherapy is another form of dog rehabilitation, involving water-based treatments such as an underwater treadmill. Benefits of hydrotherapy include;

  • Earlier improvements in rehabilitation recovery
  • Accelerated strengthening and growth of muscles
  • Improved weight-bearing
  • Re-education of normal gait
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Faster returns to full-function
  • Improved fitness and weight-loss


Finally, we offer extensive care for your dog. Whether they are remaining as in-patients or they are recovering at home, Girraween Veterinary Hospital are there to support your pet at every stage of their treatment.

  • Comfortable hospitalisation. If your dog needs to remain here at the clinic, we have comfortable accommodation to cater to their needs. We can care for the smallest Chihuahua all the way through to the enormous Great Danes.
  • Specialist referrals. We have a huge network of animal specialists whom we can call upon when an issue is beyond the capacity of our clinic. We will refer you to professionals who can provide you with further assistance and care.
  • After-hours advice. If you have any questions or concerns after our clinic is closed, you can call one of our veterinarians or nurses on our after-hours mobile on 0409 930 356. We’ll provide you with the information you need to give your pet the best care possible.
  • Hydrobath services. We have a dog hydrobath available for customer use outside the clinic, so your dog will always be fresh, clean, and happy.

Why Girraween Veterinary Hospital?

The staff at Girraween Vet Hospital are dedicated to providing you and your pets with the best-quality experience. We offer services such as pet x-ray, pet ultrasound, pet hydrobath, pet rehabilitation, and more. If you’d like to book a consultation with one of our veterinarians, you can book online or give us a call on (08) 8983 1183.

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