Rehab – FAQs
Why is rehabilitation important?
The benefits of physical therapy in humans has a proven track record of success. Following any orthopedic surgery or after suffering from a neurological impairment, rehabilitation starts almost immediately in people to help them regain full function. The same is true with our pets. Our goals are to restore functional abilities, improve performance, speed healing time, and decrease pain, as well as to prevent orthopedic and soft tissue injuries by maintaining fitness and losing weight.
What kind of conditions do you treat?
We can help with almost any orthopedic, soft tissue, or neurological disfunction. These include, but are not limited to:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Muscle strains and contractures
- Fibrocartilagenous Embolism (FCE)
- Chronic Pain
- Post Operative cases
- Tendon/ligament injuries
- Luxating patellas
- Degenerative Myelopathy
- Non-healing wounds
What can I expect at the first appointment?
At the initial evaluation, our veterinarian will go take a detailed medical and lifestyle history of your pet. A comprehensive exam is performed including orthopedic, soft tissue and neurological components. Records and radiographs from your referring veterinarian are reviewed. Specific measurements of your pet are taken and together, we will develop goals and an appropriate, effective plan customized for your pet based on the exam findings. Treatments will usually begin the same day. Appointments generally run an hour and a half.
What should I bring to my first appointment?
We would like to see any x-rays or laboratory work that was completed by your referring veterinarian. Please bring these and your veterinary referral form, so we have a complete understanding of your pets history, treatments and overall condition.
My dog just had surgery, do I need a full appointment?
If your dog has had surgery within the past 14 days we offer a “post-op” appointment which generally lasts 30 minutes. We go over basic home care, and pain management techniques. Treatments will focus on the surgical site and we will set our goals and develop a plan that works for you and your pet. After 14 days post-op, we will want to do a complete exam to address any compensatory issues that may have developed and therefore the full appointment would be necessary.
Do you treat cats?
We absolutely can treat cats, as much as they are willing to allow. We are slightly more limited in our treatment abilities, but we do our best to accommodate them. Modalities such as LASER and TENS therapy are tolerated very well by cats and can offer them pain relief when medications are not enough.
Can I stay with my pet during treatments?
Yes, we encourage it. This allows you to learn the appropriate exercises and be an active participant in your pets goal setting and treatments. In some instances we can arrange to have your pet dropped off to receive treatments if you cannot stay.
How long does my dog have to receive therapy?
Every case is different, so it is not possible to tell. It can range from weeks to months. It truly depends on factors like your dogs condition, disease, age, home care, etc..
How can I tell if my pet is painful?
There are several things to look for with your pet that may indicate they are experiencing pain:
- Introversion or not seeking attention
- Less activity or playfulness
- Change in personality (more irritable or agitated)
- Panting more often
- Decrease in their appetite
- Difficulty rising and/or moving around
- Reluctance to go up or down stairs
- Cats may stop grooming themselves
- Gait changes (limping or not bearing full weight)
Why do you use a class 3b LASER, isn’t class 4 better?
We choose a class 3b laser for several reasons. First, all the research in laser therapy has been done with class 3 lasers, not class 4. Class 4 lasers use heat as there mechanism of action, which has the potential to burn a patient. Class 3 lasers also deliver a more accurate dose to the target tissue. In short, class 3b lasers are safe, effective, and research backed.
Does pet insurance cover rehabilitation therapy?
Yes, some companies, like Trupanion, do cover up to 90% of rehabilitation costs. Check with your company as they may add this service at any time.
Do you offer packages?
We do offer a discounted rate for pre-purchase of follow up exams and for use of the underwater treadmill.