Preparing for Rehab

Thank you for choosing Veterinary Surgical Centers Rehabilitation. We are passionate about improving quality of life for all pets through the use of pain management and therapeutic modalities, such as hydrotherapy, laser therapy, acupuncture, and more.

  • Preparing for your appointment: For your first visit, please complete a registration form and bring it to your appointment or email it to the location where your pet’s appointment will be. If you elect to complete forms at your appointment, please arrive 10-15 minutes early.
    • Medications: If your pet has been prescribed pain medications, please make sure to give these medications as directed/prior to your session. Please bring the name and dosages of the medications your pet is currently on.
    • Late arrivals: Clients arriving more than 15 minutes late the pet’s appointment may have an abbreviated session or may be asked to reschedule. The full cost of the appointment will be charged for abbreviated appointments.
    • Cancellations: We require 48-hour notice for appointment cancellations. Cancellations received less than two days beforehand may incur a cancellation fee. Please see our complete appointment policy for further information. Thank you for your consideration.
    • Fearful/anxious pets: As we are a small, busy practice, there often are several dogs and people in the rehab lobby and gym area at any given time. If your dog is fearful of people and or other dogs, please make the staff aware of this prior to and/or at the beginning of your appointment. We do our best to utilize fear-free handling and make all pets comfortable in our space. On occasion, we may need to utilize a muzzle for exams or treatments for the safety of your pet and our staff.
    • Diet & allergies: We also utilize a variety of treats to assist with our treatments. Should your pet have any food sensitivities, allergies, or a specific diet, please let us know. You may bring your own treats or a toy if this will help motivate your pet. Be aware that we do use peanut butter frequently. If you or a family member has an allergy, please make us aware of this as well.
    • Due to space limitations and safety concerns, we ask that all other pets are left at home.
    • All pets should be on a leash when entering and for the duration of their time in the rehabilitation space, unless directed by the rehabilitation staff.

    Read more about what to expect from your first rehab appointment.
    Read through our updated VSCR policies here.

  • Developing the right plan for your pet: At your appointment, we will assess your pet, review history, and find out what your goals are. A certified rehabilitation veterinarian or practitioner will evaluate your pet to develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to your pet’s specific needs and works for your schedule and budget. This will include both in-clinic and at-home exercises to help your pet progress. Read more about the rehab services we offer.
  • Keeping your pet on track: It is important to be actively involved in your pet’s rehabilitation program by observing activity and other restrictions that may be in place, as well as completing daily/weekly at-home exercises. During your pet’s appointment, the practitioner and/or trained assistants will hold your pet and perform all recommended exercises and treatments. You may observe your pet or wait for him or her in the lobby. Most pets do better without mom and dad in the room as an added distraction.
  • Please note: In order to maintain a positive client-patient relationship, rechecks with the veterinarian are required at least every 4-6 months to continue the rehabilitation therapy at VSCR. This may be more frequent based on your pet’s condition or if there are other concerns. These may need to be scheduled outside of your regular rehabilitation appointment.

Explore our resources page, including how to know if your pet is in pain, and more.

Read the most frequently asked questions about rehabilitation and pain management.