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Frequently Asked Questions



1. If my pet has had surgery, when should I start?

2. What injuries or surgeries will benefit from physical rehabilitation?

3. What are the Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation?

4. Do you work with my regular vet?

5. Will my dog be back to normal?

6. Is my dog too old?

7. What is expected of me?

8. How long will my pet need rehab?

9. What should I expect from the initial evaluation?

10. What happens after rehab?

11. How do I set up an appointment?

1. If my pet has had surgery, when should I start?

There are various starting points in which we can begin to help your pet begin recovery. Post operative care begins the day following surgery. Our focus at that point is pain relief, would care and reducing inflammation. Active Physical Rehabilitation usually begins two weeks after surgery.

2. What injuries or surgeries benefit from physical rehabilitation?

Orthopaedic injuries and conditions such as cruciate ligament injuries, hip and elbow dysplasia, fractures, and severe muscle injuries will benefit. Any form of musculoskeletal surgery can benefit also.

3. What are the Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation?

  • Speeds recovery
  • Promotes Healing
  • Increases range of motion
  • Decreases pain
  • Promotes overall wellness
  • Low impact, controlled movement promotes correct usage
  • Increase muscle mass

  • 4. Do you work with my regular vet?

    Yes. Your primary veterinarian will receive an initial evaluation report and progress reports. Other conditions that may arise will be referred back to your primary veterinarian.

    5. Will my dog be back to normal?

    Our goal is to return all patients back to the best possible function and quality of life. This will be determined by the presenting conditions and owner's goals.
    We have seen excellent results from dogs suffering from degenerative joint disease, or recovering from surgery or an injury, being returned to their previous and often times greater, quality of life.

    6. Is my dog too old?

    A dogs age does not affect rehabilitation outcomes. All dogs will have increased mobility after rehab and senior dogs with arthritis will also benefit.

    7. What is expected of me?

    You are a key to your pets success. Proper attendance and homework will play an essential role in the progress of your pet recovery.
    You will receive instructions on activity levels, restrictions and home recommendations. These recommendations and instruction will be tailer designed for your specific lifestyle, time constraints and pet.

    8. How long will my pet need rehab?

    For most cases the patient would be involved in an outpatient/inpatient rehab program for 6-8 weeks. This time frame varies based on condition, progress of the patient and realistic goals.

    9. What happens after rehab?

    Most patients will return to all normal activities and lifestyle. Some patients may have limitations or special needs. Our goal is to provide a life plan for each specific patient.

    10. What should I expect from the initial evaluation?

  • Please bring the following to your initial evaluation:
  • Complete vet referral form and or relevant information
  • Signed terms & conditions
  • Vaccination Certificate
  • During the initial evaluation your dog will be assessed. Please allow 60 to 90 minutes.

  • 11. How do I set up an appointment?

    Call or email the centre to schedule your initial evaluation. We will need a referral from your primary veterinarian. If you have trouble obtaining this please give the centre a call. Alternatively you can download a Veterinary Referral Form from this web site. Please also see our section under Bookings.

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