What happens in my first visit?
The first visit begins with a discussion to glean specific information about your pet and provide education so that you may better help your pet at home. We introduce you and your pet to our facility, helping you both to become comfortable in our setting and with our staff. Next, we perform baseline tests and measures to determine how physical rehabilitation may benefit your pet. If hydrotherapy is indicated, a short introductory swim will be included as time allows.
You will go home from the first visit with a recommended course of treatment as well as specific instructions and/or exercises.
If my dog has physical therapy at Angell, will this include swimming?
The evaluation determines what services are recommended for your pet. Age, diagnosis, other medical conditions, and client goals all impact your dog’s physical therapy prescription.
Non-weight-bearing exercise such as swimming is often an important part of the rehabilitation process. Our team has had great success transforming dogs who are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the water into enthusiastic swimmers.
However, not every Angell client swims. Some or all of our other services, such as manual therapy, land-based exercise, and cold laser, may be more appropriate for your dog. During your initial evaluation, your physical rehabilitation specialist will discuss with you the services that are recommended, and work with you to develop the plan that is best for your dog.
How often will my dog need physical therapy?
Most dogs come in weekly, with home care in between in order to maintain and even increase progress between appointments. Depending on your dog’s medical condition, your goals, logistics, and financial constraints, appointments could be anywhere from twice per week to once per month.
How soon after surgery can we start physical rehabilitation?
The post-operative waiting period is determined by your dog’s surgeon, based on factors such as the type of surgery. In most cases, physical rehabilitation can begin 2-6 weeks after surgery. The sooner physical rehabilitation begins once your surgeon has determined it to be safe, the faster and more effective treatment will be.
In some cases, physical rehabilitation can be an alternative to surgery. Conditions that can often be managed non-surgically with proper rehabilitation include cruciate ligament tears, patellar luxations, hip dislocations and disc issues.