During our initial evaluations, our rehab-certified veterinarians do a full-body check of your family pet. We ask that you contact your regular veterinarian and ask for the following information to be sent via fax or email prior to your pet’s evaluation appointment:
- Vaccination history — all patients must be current on rabies vaccination
- Doctor’s notes regarding your pet’s primary condition from the last 4 months
- Radiographs of your pet’s presenting issue or any survey films that might have been taken
- Any bloodwork performed in the last 60 days
Please be sure to contact any and all veterinary clinics that may have seen your pet for this condition, or any recent musculoskeletal or neurologic condition.
Initial evaluations are performed by one of our veterinarians and a veterinary assistant. Acupuncture, manipulation treatments, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, and diagnostic ultrasounds are all performed by our veterinarians with the help of a veterinary assistant or therapy assistant. Other treatments, such as underwater treadmill, massage, LASER treatment, etc, are performed by our trained therapy assistants. Please see our Staff page to get to know us better!
Moving Forward with Treatment
Once the veterinarian has evaluated your pet’s condition, the veterinarian will make specific recommendations based upon what they feel will best benefit your pet. The number of treatments, as well as what types of therapies are recommended, will be based upon your pet’s diagnosis and condition. In general, most patients are seen 2-3 times a week to start; as your pet progresses, the number of treatments will likely decrease.
While your pet is coming in for therapy, we have several opportunities to gauge your pet’s progress. Pets receiving underwater treadmill therapy will have periodic sessions in which the veterinarian will evaluate their performance and ability during treatment. Pets receiving acupuncture or manipulation treatments will also be seeing the veterinarian and their condition noted. Near the end of the treatment plan we do a re-evaluation. This is very similar to the initial evaluation except that we will focus on the areas of concern and compare those to the previous evaluation. Most importantly, we will be discussing with you how your pet is doing at home and how you feel they are progressing.
While our primary focus is dogs and cats, we have worked with rabbits, sheep, pigs, and llamas to name a few.
Most clients will bring their pet 2-3 times a week, but we have had patients who can only come weekly or even every other week. We do our best to work around your schedule and help you recognize realistic treatment goals.
We know that your schedule can be busy and we want to make it easier for you to bring your pet in for treatment. We offer both half-day and full-day drop off services upon appointment on days that your pet is scheduled for therapy. Prices vary between $13-25; please contact us for more information.