Riverbark Pet Retreat shows pets the love and compassion they deserve, from helping them look and feel their best to just having fun.


Our educational programs offer informative and interactive presentations on a variety of topics — pet health, rehabilitation, exercise, physical rehabilitation and much more. We also offer training classes as well as puppy obedience classes, and group or private training classes.


We all get tired, sore and creaky as we get older—or suffer sprains, strains, twists, and other muscle or joint injuries. That includes pets, too.

Just like swimming, working out in water is much easier on joints and muscles. At Riverbark, our underwater treadmill is very successful in treating problems from post-surgery pain to muscle weakness in older animals. Dogs with a neurological or spinal injury benefit greatly from the buoyancy of the water and focus on the walking gait. We can vary the water height, treadmill speed and walking direction to optimize and customize therapy for every dog.

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Physical rehabilitation techniques at Riverbark are beneficial for a variety of pets, including those recovering from surgery, canine athletes, hyperactive or overweight pets, and older pets suffering from mobility problems, arthritis, neurological disease, athletic injury, or those pets needing to maintain and/or build conditioning muscles.

We offer the latest equipment, techniques and procedures to help your companion feel his or her best and perform at the highest capability. And many of our post-surgical physical rehabilitation procedures may actually help prevent surgery. We'll also create an individualized treatment plan for your pet.

Physical rehabilitation can help conditions, like hip dysplasia, by building strength in the hip area. Regular pet massage can also aid by increasing flexibility and possibly reducing pain and avoiding surgery. In older dogs suffering from conditions such as arthritis, disc pain and joint problems, regular physical rehabilitation can help increase strength and flexibility and reduce pain.

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Pet Boarding
Dog Daycare

Working all day? Out from morning 'til evening? Bring your dog to Riverbark! Our daycare program for dogs provides a wonderful, stimulating environment for pets to play with other people and animals. This is a better alternative to pet sitters or crating, and helps socialize your pet, too.

Pet Boarding

Think of us as a five-star hotel for your four-legged friends. If you're looking for high-touch pet boarding; look no further than Riverbark. We provide Fayetteville-area pet owners with quality care delivered with love and unrivaled attention to the well-being of your companions.

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Your pet will love our spacious, quiet suites, no matter how long they stay. We offer large windows, LCD flat screen televisions for pets to watch, soft beds and webcams so you can check in and see your pets while you're away.

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Our large, indoor air-conditioned space and outdoor play area offers dogs water-play as well as obstacles to play in and around. Our trained supervisors make sure dogs have rest time, nap time and snacks in between the fun.

Boarded dogs have several hours a day for group play or individual attention time. They can also take a dip in our
20′ x 40′ indoor pool or enjoy a hydrotherapy session, if you wish.

Our suites feature state-of-the-art safety features, including emergency fire sprinklers and frequent air filter changes for clean air quality. All pets are parasite free and must be current on vaccinations.

In addition to our luxurious suites, we provide many amenities to enhance your pet’s stay, including in-room dining twice daily, daily housekeeping, multiple outdoor play sessions throughout the day, calming music and even turndown service at night.

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Conditions that can benefit from Riverbark Physical Rehabilitation include:

  • Soft-tissue injuries, such as sprains
  • Post-surgical recovery (ACL, fracture repair, back surgery, hip surgery, etc.)
  • Neurological conditions
  • Arthritis and hip dysplasia
  • Tendonitis and bursitis
  • Obesity and general health concerns
  • Lameness or gait abnormalities
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At Riverbark, we believe that regular recreation is just as important for pets as it is for humans. It not only helps physical conditioning, it improves psychological health, muscle tone, and the therapeutic benefits can help your pet develop into a happy, healthy, well-rounded companion.

Pet Salon

Welcome to "lifestyles of the rich and furry." For healthy skin and coat, nothing beats Riverbark's comprehensive grooming services. We can treat specific health-related issues, address simple hygiene needs or just pamper your pet.

Our caring professionals are trained and experienced in keeping your pet relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire grooming process.

Don't laugh! Just like humans, pets can greatly benefit from a good massage every now and then. In fact, canine massage therapy is a very important part of Riverbark's rehabilitation services. It can help increase flexibility and relax your pet, while also allowing our therapists to check for any swelling, growths, inflammation or pain that may be an indication of an injury or undiagnosed condition. It's also a great way for our therapists to bond with your pet and build trust.

Massage therapy can help increase circulation, which leads to increased oxygenation in the bloodstream. This helps your dog perform at his or her best, and can also cut recuperation time in animals recovering from an injury or surgery. Canine massage therapy can also help achieve lymphatic drainage, and relax your pet by increasing endorphins. We can even show you how to assist your pet in performing core- and balance-strengthening exercises at home.

Our space is yours to reserve for pet birthday parties, special movie nights, pet swimming parties and room rentals. Call for availability and prices. View upcoming events

Swimming is one of the best exercises you can do. It’s easy on the joints and provides an amazing cardio workout. And, it’s great for rehabbing injuries. The same holds true for pets.

Riverbark’s 20′ x 40′ heated indoor pool is perfect for helping your dog get exercise all year round. Our Pet Retreat offers recreational swimming for healthy dogs of all sizes and breeds.

Note: Pets will be required to pass a swim test if no life jacket is worn.

Our monthly workshops offer informative and interactive presentations on a variety of topics. These workshops are available to pet owners and groups of any kind, including schools and clubs. View upcoming workshops

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This therapy treats pain and promotes healing. "Cold laser" therapy uses light energy to penetrate tissue to stimulate the body's repair mechanism. We also use electrical stimulation for muscle training and pain control.

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This treadmill is similar to human treadmills and provides a great workout to improve leg strength and cardiovascular endurance. Our inclining treadmill can treat gait problems and muscle weakness, and improve agility.

Riverbark is one of the few facilities in the country that offers patients the benefits of resistance swimming in our exclusive SwimEx pool. The buoyancy of water helps support the animal, decreases stress on joints and encourages free movement. The pool also allows for stretching and massage in warm water.

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Pets want to behave. They just need a little instruction to put their best paw forward. Join us for training and puppy obedience classes or group or private training classes. View upcoming training classes

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Riverbark hosts a series of monthly workshops covering topics, such as:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Heartworm Disease
  • Allergies (Environmental, Food, Parasite)
  • Periodontal Disease
  • ACL Injuries in Canines
  • Advances in Surgery for Pets
  • Physical Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Hyperthyroidism in Cats
  • Diabetes in Dogs and Cats
  • Ear Diseases—Why and How to Prevent

All cat rooms are located in a quiet area away from barking dogs, and we offer many amenities including turndown service, daily housekeeping and calming music at night for relaxation and restful sleep.

We feature large, luxurious rooms for our feline friends. Each room has an LCD flat screen TV, furniture for cats to play, hide, and sleep in, and even webcams so you can check in and see your pet while you’re away.

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The underwater treadmill is easier on dogs' joints and can help build up strength in the rear flanks. This non-weight bearing therapy is perfect for dysplasia or joint pain and helps dogs lose weight or get back into shape.

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Older Dogs
Canine massage can help older dogs with conditions such as arthritis, disc disease, muscle cramps, torn ligaments and other joint and muscle issues. It increases circulation—which helps remove toxins due to impaired heart or kidney function. In short, we’ve seen older dogs really respond positively to massage, and gain new energy and vitality.

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We feature the only long ramp of its kind in the region, so your pets will have fun fetching. Swimming is a great way for your dog to get exercise, release energy and bond with you in a controlled, safe and fun environment.

Pet owners can bring dogs in any time, but reservations are recommended, and life jackets and toys are provided if requested. We also offer a hydrotherapy pool and underwater treadmill in our Physical Rehabilitation area.

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Massage can help young dogs by increasing blood circulation, which allows their growing bones and muscles to receive much-needed nutrients and help ease “growing pains.” Rapidly growing breeds may also be prone to joint sprains and strains, and regular massage helps increase their healing rate and reduce pain.

Sporting Breeds
A massage can help your dog warm up for events by increasing blood flow to muscles and joints or loosen up tight muscles and speed drainage of lactic acid.

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Specific diseases treated at our Physical Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Center:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Obesity
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Muscle or soft tissue injuries
  • Spinal injuries or back injuries
  • Joint replacements (hip, knee and elbow)
  • Fractures
  • Cruciate injury
  • Amputations
  • Shoulder OCD
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Joint dislocation
  • Patellar luxation
  • Tendon injury
  • Fibrocartilagenous embolism (FCE)
  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
  • Vestibular disease (central and peripheral)
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Please note: All pets must be current on required vaccinations, some of which may be administered at the time of admission to our boarding facility.

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Our boarding facilities include heated and cooled suites, with dogs and cats separated to minimize stress (yours and theirs). We take our guests out for multiple play sessions during the day and offer medical and grooming services during your pet’s stay.

Please note: All pets must be current on required vaccinations, some of which may be administered at the time of admission to our boarding facility.

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Please fill out our Boarding Form if you'd like to board your pet with us, or you can download a PDF, fill it in and either fax or bring it in.

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