Welcome to AnWell Veterinary Rehab!

Anwell Rehab Celebrates 10 Years!AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center, a proud affiliate of Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital, is a canine rehabilitation referral center for the veterinary community. We work as a team with the referring veterinarian to improve the health and mobility of each patient.

As an enhancement to traditional veterinary medicine, we offer the following advanced therapies for dogs:


Canine Hydrotherapy at AnWell Veterinary RehabAnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center is the first in Pennsylvania to use the Ferno Hydrotreadmill and Swim System for aquatic therapy for veterinary rehabilitation.

Using the natural properties of water (buoyancy, resistance and heat), the treadmill system creates a low-impact workout that helps dogs increase muscle strength and endurance, which allows them a quicker transition to land-based physical therapy.

Treatments are customized through variable water heights, which can accommodate different sized dogs and be adjusted for various weight bearing exercises.

Canine Hydrotherapy helps Dog BellaWhy hydrotherapy treatment benefits dogs:

  • Warm water reduces pain and facilitates the healing process
  • Older animals with joint problems can exercise effectively
  • Improved circulation
  • Restoration of mobility
  • Strengthening of limbs
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved coordination and function
  • Variable water heights accommodate different sized dogs and allow for adjustable weight bearing
  • Dogs can either swim at maximum water height or walk comfortably on the treadmill at lower water heights without experiencing panic

Canine Laser Therapy at AnWell Veterinary RehabAnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center offers the latest technology in health care for your dog — therapeutic laser therapy. Our therapy laser provides a deep-penetrating light that allows relief of pain by releasing endorphins and stimulating cells to heal faster. Your pet will relax and enjoy the pain-free treatments.

What Is Veterinary Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a surgery-free, drug-free, non-invasive treatment to relieve pain. It accelerates the body's natural healing process. Laser therapy is effective in treating chronic conditions, acute conditions, and post-surgical pain and inflammation in pets. Whether your dog is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds or simply aging, laser therapy has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.

What Conditions Can Veterinary Laser Therapy Treat?

Chronic and acute conditions that respond to laser therapy treatments include:
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies
  • Burns
  • Cystitis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Fractures
  • Gingivitis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Infections
  • Inflammatio
  • Lacerations
  • Otitis (ear infections)
  • Post-surgical healing / pain relief
  • Skin conditions
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tooth extraction pain relief
  • Wound healing
Canine conditions that laser therapy treats.

If you think that your pet would benefit from laser therapy, please call us at 610-346-7854 to schedule a consultation.

  Diane Gabriel-Fraynert, VMD - Canine Acupuncture
  Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert uses veterinary acupuncture to help a canine patient heal.
AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center offers acupuncture for pets. We treat small animals with joint disease, intervertebral disc disease, inflammatory bowel disease, renal failure, allergies, and asthma, to name a few. We also perform acupuncture services to facilitate and aid in the healing process of orthopedic surgeries.

Dr. Diane Gabriel-Fraynert is a strong advocate for holistic medicine as a compliment alongside traditional western medicine, feeling strongly there is room for both to treat your pet as a whole, rather than a part.

Dr. Gabriel-Fraynert earned her VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 2001 and then went on to graduate from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2006. She has been certified in acupuncture since 2007.

Acupuncture Hours—By advanced appointment

Contact Matt or Sue at 610-346-7854 to learn how acupuncture can benefit your pet.

Matthew Putchat, CVT — Manager & Canine Rehab Specialist

Matthew Putchat, CVT

Matt is a graduate of both West Virginia University and the LCCC veterinary technician program. He is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner through the University of Tennessee. Matt manages the Anwell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center as well as the Lucky Chance Pet Resort & Spa. His hobbies include herpetology and wildlife rehabilitation.

Preventive Care & Wellness Programs for Dogs

The AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center also offers proactive preventive and wellness programs involving:

  • Dog Jack at AnWell Veterinary RehabHydrotherapy
  • Aquatic Exercise with Underwater Treadmill System
  • Swim Therapy
  • Massage
  • Range of Motion and Stretching
  • Cold and Heat Applications
  • Individualized Conditioning/Strengthening/Exercise Programs
  • Electric Muscle Stimulation
  • Land Treadmill Therapy
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound

Canine Therapy Modalities

  • Aquatic Exercise via Underwater Treadmill creates a low-impact workout, using the natural properties of water, that helps increase muscle strength, endurance, and mobility
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation strengthens/stimulates muscles to prevent atrophy and manage pain
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound increases blood flow and enzyme activity to help encourage muscle flexibility
  • Cold Laser is a non-invasive therapy for pain relief and cellular healing
  • Massage Therapy decreases swelling, provides pain relief and stimulates circulation for mobility
  • Individualized Exercise Programs are customized to encourage muscle strengthening and conditioning, as well as to improve balance and range of motion

Canine Rehabilitation Information and Resources

For more information, please download:

For updated information on storm closings, power/phone outages, and special holiday hour announcements, please check our Facebook page or call us prior to visiting.

Monday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday:   8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday:   8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday:   Closed
Check out our Holiday Hours here.

We are OPEN on all bank holidays except the ones noted below.
Please give us a call at 610-346-7854 with any questions!

  Memorial Day Last Monday of May Closed
  Independence Day July 4 Closed
  Labor Day First Monday of September Closed
  Day Before Thanksgiving Fourth Wednesday of November 8am – 6pm
  Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday of November
  Christmas Eve Day* December 24 8am – 1pm*
  Christmas December 25
  New Year's Eve Day* December 31 8am – 3pm*
  New Year's Day January 1

*If this day falls on a Sunday, we will be CLOSED.

Happy Holidays from Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital

AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center
(at Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital)
1945 State Road, Quakertown, PA 18951
(P) 610-346-7854

We are located approximately 5 miles east of Coopersburg.

  Canine Rehab Client Nell
  Nell is in our Canine Rehabilitation Program to help her recover from surgery.

Dear Matt,

I thought you'd like to know how I am doing since my last physical therapy session with you. So far, so good. Dr Schwabe thinks I am doing well which is good news. I still have limpy moments from time to time but getting stronger.

Mom and Dad walk me and my sister, Lexi, at Nockamixon lake which gives me a good workout on the hilly areas. Although Lexi charges ahead I prefer to sniff every blade of grass along the way,which slows my pace down a bit. Then, I charge ahead and try to catch up but... then there's more grass to sniff! Mom and Dad make sure I don't dilly-dally too much so I get a decent workout. They know when I start huffing and puffing that I've just about had enough. Depending on my mood, I sometimes pant a bit when I still have a little spark left in me; I kind of bluff them out. No worries, I'm going up and down the stairs and get on and off the sofa without assistance. Food still motivates me, so when Mom wants me to work a little harder, she bribes me. I go along with it just to make her feel better.

I want to say thank you for taking such good care of me after my surgery. Your gentle manner made me feel safe. I never knew I could swim until you plopped me in the tank! What a surprise that was!

My family and I are grateful for your guidance and service through my recovery.

Be seeing you!
Nell and Knoedler family

For the Love of Alex, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation dedicated to funding life-saving medical care for animals in need, brought Luna to us for canine rehabilitation services. Luna was hit by a car and has undergone several surgeries. Now, with the help of Matt Putchatt, CVT, Manager & Rehab Specialist at Anwell Veterinary Rehab, Luna is on her way to making a full recovery.

Watch this video of Luna working hard at her first physical therapy session with Matt.




AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center has been a referral center to our veterinary community since October 2003. We understand the critical need for post-op rehabilitation, senior mobility supportive care, athletic conditioning, and weight control management as an ancillary service for the improved quality of life for your patients now and in their future. We are able to provide additional therapies not routinely available in general practice and will customize based on your patients needs.

Our Canine Rehab services include (but are not limited to):
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Balance & Proprioception Platforms (and exercises)
  • Stretching and Massage Therapy
  • Individualized Exercise Programs
    for weight loss
  • Laser Therapy
  • Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Rehabilitation Boarding Care
  • Osteoarthritis Programs

Our staff works closely with the primary care veterinarian and provides regular progress reports and a final assessment at the completion of therapy.

How to Refer a Patient for Canine Rehabilitation

If you'd like to refer one of your patients to us, please do one of the following:

We would be happy to provide a Lunch & Learn for your facility for a more personal and detailed review for you and your staff.


1945 State Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
P: (610) 346-7854
F: (610) 346-8752

Does your dog need to lose weight? Join us for our 4th annual winter weight loss program.

On October 28, 2017, AnWell Veterinary Rehab & Conditioning Center will kick off its 8-week course to drop overweight dogs back down to a healthy weight. Over the course of eight weeks, canines will engage in conditioning while dropping weight in our underwater aqua paws treadmill.

Overweight dogWe also provide pet owners with nutritional counseling, individual pet exercise programs, and tips on positive motivation tactics, such as praise and hugs. We even use healthy treats such as flavored ice cubes, carrots and crunchy green beans for our participants! Each week, dogs will be weighed in, exercised in our hydrotherapy tank, and taught specific and directed daily home exercises.

In the past, we have had great success with our first three discounted weight loss programs, helping over a dozen dogs lose weight and get healthy.

  Charlie the Canine at Doggie Fat Camp
  Thanks to Doggie Fat Camp, Charlie is managing his weight through exercise.

FOX 29 Philadelphia recently aired "Fat Camp Helps Dogs Shed Pounds and Stay Healthy," featuring Brenda of Bethlehem, PA.

Last year, Brenda lost her Golden Retriever, Casey, due to complications from being obese. She enrolled Casey in our Doggie Fat Camp and Casey lost ten pounds — but it was too late to save her life. So when Brenda realized her Newfoundland Charlie was starting to gain weight, she signed him up for the camp.

Charlie's workouts are rigorous, including balance training and strengthening core muscles. He doesn't always love it (just like humans), but Brenda has peace of mind that Charlie is staying at a healthy weight, thanks to our Doggie Fat Camp.

  Dog Tucker trys some weight reduction exercises with CVT Matt Putchat.
CBS Pittsburgh (KDKA-TV) recently did a feature on canine obesity called "Most Dogs Are Overweight, So What's a Pet Owner To Do?"

Veteran reporter Jon Delano has an overweight 10-year-old female Sheltie named Tucker. KDKA and Delano decided to take Tucker on a road trip to AnWell Veterinary Rehab to interview Dr. Gus Schwabe on pet obesity. While there, Tucker got to demo a few reps using our doggie fat camp equipment with Rehab Specialist Matt Putchat, CVT. Matt also shared some easy at-home exercises for dogs.

Click to read the full article: Most Dogs Are Overweight, So What's a Pet Owner To Do?