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FAQs

What can I expect from my first visit?

An initial physical rehabilitation consult typically takes about 90 minutes. The first visit is dedicated to getting a thorough assessment of your pet’s musculoskeletal system and neurologic function. The doctor will watch your pet walk, stand, and move through transitions (sit, down, stand, etc.) evaluating things such as posture and weight shifting. The doctor may also take a number of measurements to get a baseline to compare things to in the future.  You will also receive a customized home exercise program for your pet.

Our examinations do not replace those performed by your regular veterinarian. You will need to continue to visit your family veterinarian to discuss things such as dental health, vaccinations, and internal organ function.

We may recommend diagnostics such as blood work and/or radiographs (xrays), which often times can be performed by your regular veterinarian. If appropriate, you may also be referred to a specialist such as an orthopedic surgeon or a veterinary neurologist .


My pet is not good at the veterinarian. Can I still bring him/her to see Rocky Mountain Veterinary Rehabilitation?

In general, our staff will work with you to find a way to make your visits as least stressful as possible for your pet. Please bring any favorite toys or treats with you. For pets that are not comfortable with a detailed examination (ie. Being handled/touched for 30-60 minutes), the evaluation will be modified to be as hands off as possible and we will focus more on things you can do at home to help your pet. If you are concerned or have specific questions about your pet, please contact us.


What happens at follow-up visits?

Follow-up visits are more directed towards hands-on therapy and progressing/modifying your home exercise program to help improve your pets quality of life. In general, by the second or third visit, pets figure out that they feel better after coming to see us. Whereas they may be nervous a the initial examination, they often look forward to their therapy at follow-ups. Follow-ups may last anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on your pet’s condition. The doctor will let you know how to appropriately schedule your follow-ups.


What should I bring with me?

Please bring a list of all of your pets medications, including supplements or over the counter products. The doctor will also ask about your pets diet, so it may be helpful to take a picture of the type of food and treats that you give to your pet. If there are any intermittent changes to gait (lameness /favoring one or more limbs), a video will also be helpful.


I work long hours and am not sure I can come for a visit. Can you still help my pet?

In many cases, we offer the ability for you to drop off your pet for the day for examination and treatment. Please plan for at least 10 minutes at time of pickup so that we can go over what the doctor recommends at home.  Depending on location, additional boarding fees may apply.


How much does rehabilitation therapy cost?

Please contact us for current fees. We do offer discounts for packages of 5 and 10 sessions.  If this is appropriate for you and your pet, we will discuss this at the initial consult.