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Welcome to Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation & Therapy

Call (515) 575-9655 today!

If your pet is suffering from an injury, recovering from surgery, or dealing with a chronic condition like osteoarthritis, Pawsitive Strides can help. With a multimodal approach to healing, we offer therapy options that can decrease pain, increase healing and improve the quality of your pet's life.

At Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy, we're here to help you find the best "Cat and dog chiropractor near me" that's been filling your search browser's history. If you are looking for chiropractic or acupuncture therapy and a rehab veterinarian that will partner with your primary care veterinarian, you have found a perfect fit!

Our professional veterinary team includes 4 Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistants/Nurses, and they are here to provide your pet the help they need to find relief from pain, promote fitness, and help them on their recovery to wellness.

Does My Pet Need Physical Therapy?

Dogs and cats can suffer from a variety of physical ailments that can greatly impact their day-to-day life. Similar to humans seeking physical therapy to help speed recovery, for pets, rehabilitation therapy does the same. Physical ailments that may cause loss of mobility and excruciating pain can include:

  • Past injuries
  • Trauma
  • Cancer
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle tears or sprains

Without intervention, it can be difficult or impossible for your pet to feel any sort of pain relief. This is where cat and dog rehabilitation therapy can help.

How Can a Cat or Dog Chiropractor Near Me Help?

At Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy, our rehabilitation and therapy for animals use the same, highly effective chiropractic and therapeutic techniques used on humans, including:

  • Manual chiropractic adjustments
  • Massage therapy
  • Muscle stretches
  • Muscle exercises
  • Home therapy programs
  • Laser therapy
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture

Our animal veterinary rehab facility in Des Moines can use these therapeutic techniques and more. You will have peace of mind in knowing you're doing everything you can to help speed up the recovery process and minimize symptoms of pain in your pet.

Our chiropractic and acupuncture therapies can offer relief without medications or alongside them. Dr. Peterson practices an integrative approach to therapy that combines eastern and western medicine. These techniques provide your pet with a modern approach to wellness.

Visit Our Veterinary Rehab Center in Des Moines Today

Your pet means the world to you, and as they age or suffer from physical and medical conditions, we can offer assistance with pain management, as well as mobility concerns, and ultimately improve the quality of your pet's life.

Fortunately, at Pawsitive Strides Veterinary Rehabilitation and Therapy, whether your pet is a couch potato or a competitive athlete, we will work with you to meet your goals for your pet. Our acupuncture, rehabilitation, and chiropractic techniques can help your pet feel themselves again! Call us today to see how we can help your pet live pain-free at (515) 575-9655.


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Pawsitive Strides | Veterinary Rehabilitation & Therapy

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8:00 am-5:30 pm


12:00 pm-5:30 pm


8:00 am-5:30 pm






Learn Who We Are

  • Dr. B. Hartman

    Dr. Hartman is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified in Animal Chiropractic, graduate certificate in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Masterson Method® Certified Practitioner and currently working on her Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist certification. 

    Dr. Hartman has a passion for integrative medicine, continued learning and how to best serve her clients. In addition to her above certifications, she holds numerous certifications in energy medicine and energy/intuitive modalities, as well as, using essential oils with pets and people. She loves working with clients and their pets to improve their health, quality of life and overall well-being.

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  • Hemili S.
    Patient Care Coordinator, Veterinary Assistant

    Hemili joined the Pawsitive Strides team as our Patient Care Coordinator in 2023 and has assisted in multiple capacities since then. She obtained her degree in Animal Science at Iowa State University in 2021, and she has since found a passion for the administrative side of the veterinary field while still enjoying assisting with patient care. 

  • Shelbi L.
    CCRA, CVT (in progress)
    Veterinary Technician

    Shelbi is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant and is in training to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. As a Des Moines native, Shelbi grew up spending many summer days at the Blank Park Zoo. She’s always been interested in the behavior and rehabilitation of animals, and knew that she would love to work hands-on to better the lives of the earth’s creatures. That’s why Shelbi decided to become a member of the veterinary profession!

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  • Dr. N.T. Peterson

    Dr. Peterson is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, Certified Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and is Certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and a Certified Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapist certified by the College of Veterinary Chiropractors. 

    Dr. Peterson has always felt a deep connection with animals. Whether she was bonding with her childhood pets, helping a client’s treasured cat to recover from an illness, or playing with her own affectionate dogs, she always felt that animals greatly enriched her life. To give back to these loving creatures who have such generous spirits, Dr. Peterson has dedicated her career to helping improve animals’ health, comfort, and quality of life!

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  • Becky N.
    Veterinary Technician

    Becky is a  Certified Veterinary Assistant, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and Certified Canine Massage Therapist. This dedicated, animal-loving lady keeps herself updated on the latest veterinary medicine advances, and she’s always ready to adapt to new technologies to better help her furry patients

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  • Dr. S. Harder

    Dr. Harder has been with Pawsitive Strides since November 2016. She is a 1978 graduate of Iowa State University. She practiced equine veterinary medicine for 38 years, selling her practice in 2016.

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What our clients say about us

  • "I love taking my dogs to Pawsitive Strides!I Dr. Peterson is very knowledgeable and very thorough. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable too. Thanks to Dr. Peterson I have a very active 9 year old lab and my 5 year old lab is on a healthy path for a long and active life too!"
    Tawnya L.
  • "Our dog has had 4 surgeries and 5 injuries in the last 9 months. We found out he had a growth defect and required a series of surgeries for a better quality of life. He has been going to Pawsitive Strides for a few weeks now and I’m shocked at the improvements he has made. For the 1.5 years we have had him he has never gone up the stairs. Either he circled endlessly and leapt, or we had to carry him. Yesterday he walked up the stairs normally on his own. I credit PS with this progress and can’t wait to see how he continues on this journey. Their vet, vet techs and staff are incredible and truly passionate about animals."
    Meg Y.
  • "I have great experiences with Pawsitive Strides. I have three older animals, two dogs and one cat. All have had treatments because of arthritis and other joint and muscle issues. All have responded to well to treatments, and there is a noticeable change in their ability to move around and their comfort level. Regular treatments have greatly improved their quality of life."
    Larry R.
  • "The staff at Pawsitive Strides was fantastic! Scout is a very energetic dog, especially since she is injured and on "rest." They took her energy in stride and worked with her, not against her. Scout loved going there and seeing everyone and they also answered all my questions with ease, no matter how ridiculous they were! Hopefully we have to never visit Pawsitive Strides again, but if the need does arise I know we will be in excellent hands!!!"
    Meghan G.
  • "Dusty is an older Husky/Lab mix and Pawsitive Strides has definitely helped keep the quality of her life in a positive place."
    James W.
  • "Pawsitive Strides does such a great job. Highly skilled and loves every dog as if it as their own. We do ongoing therapy with my dog, and it has made her stronger, healthier and happier. I recommend them so highly. They are the best."
    Sharon P.
  • "Caring and professional pet rehabilitation services. Helping pets get back to a healthier life. What a great way to condition a show dog. Lily loves coming there as much as Little Guy did. Thank you for loving our Poms and making them love you for the fun and attention you give them."
    Bonnie H.
  • "Love this place and so does my dog. The staff member's are always super kind, caring and knowledgeable! I love how calming the place is for the dogs and my dog loves how they never run out of treats!"
    Casey S.
  • "The team at Pawsitive Strides is incredible! You can expect a high-quality, experienced team who will provide your pet with love and affection while helping them heal/strengthen. Their hearts are in their work and it shows. Our dog has made an incredible transformation in a short time thanks to everyone there. He couldn't walk on his own when he first arrived, and now he's running and playing like it's nothing! We are incredibly thankful for the time, energy, love, and resources this team has poured onto our boy!"
    Tiffany C.
  • "I’ve been taking my 11 y/o lab there for the last few months to deal with arthritis in his spine and toes. Within the last couple weeks we are back to short walks without pain and having an interest in playing with his beloved tennis balls again. Thank you!!!"
    Steph M.
  • "We took our Irish Red & White in for a birth defect evaluation. That was the most comprehensive evaluation I had ever seen on one of my dogs. I could not be happier with the services provided by Dr. Peterson and her staff."
    Katy M.
  • ""..With each visit with Dr. Peterson and her staff, Bandit was reevaluated. His treatments and exercises were adjusted to insure continued progress. Within 3 weeks Bandit was walking, not normally but was mobile on his own. Within 5 weeks Bandit was 90% back to normal: walking, running, jumping and playing...""
    Chris E.