How often do I have to bring my dog to therapy?
It depends on the reason why your dog is coming to therapy. The therapist will be able to tell you more after the first visit. Most dogs come 1-3 times per week for 4-8 weeks.
How long does each therapy session last?
Treatment length will depend on the reason why your dog is coming. Most therapy sessions last about an hour.
My vet already did an evaluation of my dog, why do I have to have another evaluation before my dog starts physical therapy?
The physical therapist here will do a comprehensive evaluation of your dog. She will determine what deficits your dog has and work with you to develop goals and a treatment plan to help achieve those goals.
What do I need to bring to the evaluation?
You need to bring the referral from your veterinarian stating that your dog needs rehabilitation, any test results, x-ray results, surgical procedures, and basic medical history of your dog. We use positive reinforcement in the form of Lean Treats. If your dog is sensitive to food or has a favorite toy, you may want to bring your own for us to use.
How much does each session cost?
Session costs will depend on what services your dog needs. There are package deals that can be purchased to save you money. The therapist is willing to work out a payment plan to help cover the cost of the therapy for your dog. She is also willing to fill out any paperwork that may be needed to submit to an insurance company. Also CareCredit offers six month, no interest credit for pet owners.
What issues or injuries can you treat with rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation would benefit dogs with soft tissue injuries, orthopedic injuries, post-surgical injuries, obesity, neurological conditions, vestibular issues, osteoarthritis, chronic conditions, and athletes.
I want my dog to receive services just to keep him in shape or help him lose weight. How do I go about getting services for him?
Your dog needs to be cleared by a veterinarian before coming to rehabilitation. We want to make sure he is healthy enough to receive services. A simple note from your veterinarian saying your dog is healthy to participate in rehabilitation is sufficient.
Is there something I can do at home with my dog so he gets better faster?
Yes there is! The therapist will give you exercises to work on at home with your dog at the first visit.
What is Paws in Motion?
Paws in Motion is a weight loss program for dogs. Your dog will be weighed each visit, use the underwater treadmill, do some exercises on land and you will be given handouts on how you can help him lose weight.