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 at least 15 minutes early.
    • 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.
    • Please note that patients arriving more than 10 minutes late for 30-minute sessions or 15 minutes late for a one-hour appointment may have an abbreviated session or may be asked to reschedule.
    • We require 48-hour notice for appointment cancellations. Cancellations received less than two days beforehand may incur a cancellation fee. Thank you for your consideration.
    • Due to space limitations, we ask that you please leave other pets at home. This also helps the pet receiving treatment to better focus and be successful.
    • Pets should always be on a leash upon entering the rehabilitation space and for the duration of the appointment unless otherwise directed by the rehab staff.

    Read more about what to expect from your first rehab appointment.

  • 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.

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.