Frequently Asked Questions
The Care Center rehabilitation program encourages you to be part of the healing and wellness process for your pet. Of course, we understand busy schedules, too, so whatever level of participation you are interested in, we’ll do our best to accommodate, including drop off therapy appointments.
At the first visit, the therapist may need to take measurements to assess muscle atrophy and range of motion. And, your pet’s gait may need to be evaluated. After the initial assessment, your pet may undergo manual therapy that includes: massage, passive range of motion, stretching, or joint mobilization. Your pet may benefit from one or more of the following modalities as well: hydrotherapy, heat or cold therapy, laser therapy, neuromuscular electronic stimulation, or therapeutic ultrasound. Therapeutic exercises and home exercise are also part of the treatment.
When your dog is discharged from the Care Center some basic rehabilitation exercises will be illustrated for you. A more intensive physical rehabilitation will begin post suture/staple removal (10-14 days) when a therapy program, both in and out of the hospital, will be prescribed.
The number of sessions depends on your pet’s nature of injury, overall health, conditioning, and age. The home exercise plan is also a very important part of the success of full recovery, and the plan will change as your pet progresses. Our goal is to see some improvement over 3-5 sessions, but it may take longer. In some cases, immediate improvements can be documented. The rehabilitation team will discuss realistic expectations during your initial visit and reevaluate the treatment plan during subsequent visits.
The initial consultation generally lasts 45-60 minutes and the cost is $85. This includes an evaluation, treatment, home exercise packet, and the development of a follow-up plan. Subsequent visits cost $45-$90 and generally last 30-60 minutes. Discounts may be available if visits are purchased as a package (i.e., 5 visits for a reduced fee).
NOTE: underwater treadmill for conditioning will not require an initial consultation
Yes, it is important to obtain a medical history of your pet to help us develop a complete therapy plan. We also keep your primary Veterinarian updated on what occurs during each session and progress as it occurs.
Millions of people have learned from experience the benefits physical therapy can offer to improve mobility and overall quality of life. The same is true for our animal companions. Just like human physicians, veterinarians can prescribe physical rehabilitation for their patients recovering from surgery, suffering from injury, experiencing chronic pain, as well as those diagnosed with neurological conditions and even obesity. At Care Center, we are proud to be on the forefront by offering this progressive service to your pet.
Rehabilitation May Help If Your Pet Experiences Any Of The Following:
- Difficulty climbing stairs
- Having trouble getting up and down
- Limping or favoring a limb
- Decreased strength, muscle tone, and endurance
- Reduced interest in play
- Soreness after exercise
- Recent surgery or injury
- Arthritis or joint stiffness
- Weight management/obesity
- Frequent use of pain medications
It Starts With A Referral
Your primary care veterinarian will give you a referral to Care Center for rehabilitation services. We will then obtain all pertinent medical records from your veterinarian so we can prepare for you and your pet’s first visit. After the initial consultation (which includes an exam, review of medical history, assessment of current issues, body condition, lifestyle, nutrition, supplements and medication), a customized treatment plan will be developed, utilizing cutting-edge therapies and state-of-the-art technology.
- Hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill)
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
- Range of motion (ROM) exercises
- Joint mobilization/stretching
- Cold laser therapy
- Therapeutic massage
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Home exercises
We Make It Easy
- Drop-off appointments available (except initial consultation)
- Weekday and Saturday appointments
- Regular communication with your pet’s primary care veterinarian