Common Questions

My veterinarian recommended rehabilitation for my dog.  What do I need to do?
It is important to find a facility that specializes in rehabilitation and contact them for an appointment.  A referral may be necessary so have your veterinarian contact the rehab clinic ahead of time to help expedite the scheduling process.

When can my pet start rehab?
This depends on a couple of factors:

  • Post-surgery patients need to be cleared by their veterinarian which may be anywhere from two to six weeks.
  • Having your pet’s pain under control is essential for the success of his or her rehabilitation sessions.  This may require starting your pet on medications before starting the rehab program and easing him or her into the groove of things once the pain is under control.

What happens on the first visit?
During the initial consultation, the rehab practitioner will get to know you and your dog and do a full nose-to-tail exam checking for any problems.  Depending on why your pet was referred and what is found during the exam, a plan will be created for in-the-clinic and at-home exercises.

What kinds of things are done for dogs who need rehab?
Most facilities utilize a multi-modal approach when making a plan for rehab patients.  This includes working closely with your referring veterinarian to discuss pain control and diet.  Different modalities can be included during your pet’s rehab sessions including, but not limited to, underwater treadmill, low level laser therapy, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, core and/or strengthening exercises, etc.

My dog hates the water.  What if he or she does not like the underwater treadmill?
Even dogs who do not like to get wet learn to tolerate and even enjoy walking in the underwater treadmill.  The water is kept at a comfortable temperature and rises slowly from the bottom up.  They can always touch and tools like treats and toys help keep them distracted!  Talk to your rehab practitioner to make sure that your pet has a comfortable experience and that hydrotherapy is an appropriate option.

How much does it cost?
Cost will vary per location and visit.  Please reach out to your local rehab facility to ask for pricing.

How many follow up visits will my pet need?
This varies as each pet responds differently to treatment.  Also, not all pet owners have the same flexibility in schedule or finances.  Talk with a rehab practitioner at your local rehab facility and they should be able to guide you on recommendations specifically for your pet and your schedule.

How long do sessions last?
This can vary but usually sessions last 60 to 90 minutes. If more time is needed, the best option may be to drop your pet off for the day.

How can I make sure my pet’s rehab will be successful?
Making sure you follow the guidelines the rehabilitation practitioner recommends, such as at home exercises and certain restrictions in activities, will ensure your pet will get the most out of his or her rehab program.