• Do I need a referral?
For physical rehabilitation, yes, a formal referral form is available on our website that your veterinarian will need to fill out. For dogs that aren’t in active recovery from an illness or injury, we simply need a statement from your veterinarian that your dog should be able to participate in an aquatic and land exercise program. This form is also available on our website.
• How long will the appointment take?
The first appointment is the evaluation and will take 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
• Will my pet get treatment or begin the exercise program on the first day?
Yes, at the end of the evaluation, you will receive instructions on exercises to perform if indicated, or some manual therapy or laser may be performed. We generally do not start water exercise on the first day.
• How much does each session cost?
Call or email for current pricing.
• Will my pet be sore after the session?
Sometimes there may be some increased soreness after the initial evaluation, but the goal is for your pet to be feeling better after each session!
• Can I stay with my pet during the sessions?
In general, we have always encouraged owner involvement in the sessions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking that owners stay outside when possible. If we feel it is best for you to be with your pet during the session, we will discuss this with you, and appropriate personal protective equipment will be worn. We hope to return to being able to invite all owners to be with their dogs during their sessions when it feels safe to do so.
• Will I have to work with my pet at home?
In almost all cases, it is recommended that you do exercises or massage with your pet at home. You will be guided in what to do and given written instructions.
• How often, and how long will we need to come?
It completely depends on the pet and their condition, but usually we see the dogs 1-3 times per week. The duration is extremely dependent on their condition and how much homework you are doing at home with your pet. Some dogs with chronic issues come every week long term, and some patients we only see once or twice.
• What’s the next step?