Frequently Asked Questions - Rehab

Will rehab hurt my pet?

The therapies and approaches we use are safe and approved for animals. They also are administered by certified rehab veterinarians or practitioners and trained staff. Our practitioners will assess your pet and develop a custom plan based on his/her needs and your goals. Certain modalities and exercises may leave your pet sore after his/her appointment, but it is the equivalent of what you may feel after a hard work out. If your pet has been prescribed pain medications, please make sure to give these medications as directed/prior to your session.

How long will it take for my dog to recover from surgery with rehab?

This is dependent on the type of surgery and concurrent conditions your pet may have. Generally, the recovery process spans eight to 12 weeks for most procedures for a healthy pet. When you meet with your practitioner for your initial visit, he/she will assess your pet and propose a plan and timeline for recovery.

How do you measure my pet's progress in rehab?

Rehabilitation is a multi-faceted process that requires constant contact and assessment – that’s why it’s important that we see your pet regularly (we recommend at least once per week). Our practitioners develop a customized program that is tailored to your pet’s specific needs and condition. We assess pain, weight bearing on individual limbs, muscle mass measurements, and more.

How often do you recommend rehab?

In most cases, we recommend rehabilitation one to two times a week. However, this can be adjusted to fit your pet’s needs as well as your schedule and budget.

Is my first rehab visit included in the cost of surgery?

The cost of your initial rehabilitation consult is incorporated into most VSC surgical packages. Any sessions after the initial will incur additional cost. We recommend that you book your rehabilitation appointment the same day your pet is discharged from surgery, as the schedules book up far in advance.

Can I stay with my pet during his/her appointment?

During your pet’s appointment, the practitioner and/or trained assistants will hold your pet and perform all of the 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.

What is a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) or certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT)?

A CCRT or CCRP is a veterinarian or a licensed veterinary technician who has completed additional course work and training in canine physical rehabilitation and also completed his/her certification exam. In the best interest of our clients, we believe rehabilitation is more successful when administered by a CCRP veterinarian or practitioner, who is specialized in the field. Several of our practitioners also are certified in acupuncture, pain management, and more.

Meet our practitioners, and learn more about the rehab services we offer.