Rehabilitation FAQs

Wendy Davies and dog in poolWhat if surgery is recommended based on the examination?

You (or your regular veterinarian) will be contacted and the results of the examination discussed. If your veterinarian would like to refer the patient for surgery at the Small Animal Hospital, a separate appointment will be needed with the appropriate surgical service.

What if a more serious medical condition is suspected during evaluation or therapy?

You will be contacted and the results of the examination discussed. If emergency treatment is indicated, it will be performed at the Small Animal Hospital. If further diagnostics are indicated and you would like the work-up to be performed at the Small Animal Hospital, we will contact the appropriate service to discuss transfer or return for a new appointment.

What if the animal is non-cooperative?

One of the central philosophies of canine rehabilitation is to provide a comforting environment for our patients that is conducive to healing. We will make every attempt to make the rehabilitation experience enjoyable for the veterinary patient. Treatment modalities will be modified according to the animal’s temperament. However, if the animal is not able to relax or cooperate with our treatment, or threatens our safety, we will unfortunately not be able to continue therapy.

What if a client has multiple pets they would like evaluated?

We believe that each animal deserves a dedicated appointment slot in order for us to thoroughly evaluate the animal and discuss treatment options and home exercises. Therefore, multiple pets will each require their own individual appointment.

What if a cat needs rehab?

We are happy to evaluate and rehabilitate cats! However, the same rules apply for non-cooperative cats.