Getting Started

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Rehabilitation therapy generally begins immediately after surgery. Underwater treadmill sessions begin 7-14 days post-surgery. If you plan to bring your dog for therapy, it is important to begin as early as possible in order to maximize the benefits. When your pet experiences various orthopedic or neurologic disorders, our rehabilitation program is similar to a physical therapy program you would do for yourself but ours is designed for your pet. 

Rehab therapy can help dogs recovering from surgery, such as knee stabilization from cruciate tears, and also can help dogs with chronic conditions such as arthritis or tendinitis. 

Our goals are to:

  • Strengthen muscles and tendons 

  • Increase a joint's range of motion

  • Reduce pain and swelling

  • Make surgical recoveries faster

Here is what you can expect from us:

  • A high degree of professional skill and ability.

  • Dedication for your pet's health care.

  • Including you in the decision making process, as we have a sincere interest in helping you decide what's best for your pet.

  • A commitment to help you understand underlying causes for medical problems, in order to help you learn how to prevent problems. 

  • Every effort to stay on time, as we know your time is valuable. 

  • Fair and reasonable pricing, explained. We are not going to be the cheapest vetted we aren't going to be the most expensive. We will always help you understand and anticipate the costs of what we propose. 

In return, here is what we ask from our clients:

  • Cooperation in making and keeping appointments, with an attempt to give us 24 hours notice for cancellations. 

  • A willingness to relay all pertinent information to us. 

  • To let us know directly if you have concerns or are unhappy with a service. We are much more effective at satisfying clients if questions or concerns are addressed to us immediately. 

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If a specific diagnosis has been made, and you are interest in rehabilitation therapy:  we will schedule an initial rehab evaluation.  We perform a thorough examination, including gait and stance analysis, along with range of motion and muscle measurements, to design a rehab plan specific to your pet.

If your animal is uncomfortable, and no specific diagnosis has been made:  We schedule an initial general evaluation.  If we conclude that we need a specific diagnosis, we will offer a sedated orthopedic and neurologic evaluation.  The sedation allows us to examine your pet without fear or the muscular restrictions that animals present.  We will take x-rays where appropriate and necessary.  After a diagnosis has been made, we will present a summary and discuss treatment options.  If you are interested in rehabilitation therapy, we can complete our initial rehab evaluation at the same time.

 

If a specific diagnosis has been made and you want a second opinion:  We will schedule an initial evaluation and consultation.  After an examination and review of the records, we will discuss treatment options.

 

If a specific diagnosis has been made, and you are interest in rehabilitation therapy:  we will schedule an initial rehab evaluation.  We perform a thorough examination, including gait and stance analysis, along with range of motion and muscle measurements, to design a rehab plan specific to your pet.

 

If a specific diagnosis has been made, and you are interested in stem cell treatment:  we will schedule an initial examination.  Based on findings and the diagnosis, we will design a treatment plan.  Take note that all joints that are eligible for stem cell treatment must be x-rayed before treatment.  Also it is important to identify all affected joints, so if a full-body assessment hasn’t been performed, we will need to do a sedated orthopedic and neurologic exam before making a treatment plan.