Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during the initial evaluation

During the initial appointment, a complete history of your pet will be taken with detailed questions. A thorough evaluation will then be performed. This may include:

  • Gait analysis
  • Posture/conformation evaluation
  • Joint range of motion and measurement
  • Muscle flexibility
  • Muscle girth measurements
  • Joint mobility
  • Neurologic evaluation

The appropriate treatments and modalities will then be applied and appropriate home exercises demonstrated. Under the supervision of Dr. Perez, you will practice these exercises until you feel comfortable performing them on your own. Written exercise instructions will also be provided for reference.

We will develop and discuss an individualized plan of care that includes specific treatment procedures, frequency of treatment, and need for rechecks if necessary. This plan will fit the needs of your pet and your capabilities.

How do I prepare for the first appointment?

To make an appointment, please contact SCVR via phone or e-mail. Prior to or when the appointment is booked, please have your regular veterinarian fill out the referral form. This form can be downloaded and mailed/faxed or filled out online and submitted via e-mail so that the information can be reviewed prior to the appointment. We also ask that you complete the new client form as thoroughly as possible and submit via e-mail/fax/mail.

The appointment can take place at your home or other agreed upon location (your vet’s clinic, your agility center, etc.) with the permission of your vet, trainer, etc. We will likely get the most cooperation and relaxation from your pet in a quiet, comfortable location. Depending on the case, we may need to see your pet jog in straight lines or a circle.

After the assessment, the appropriate treatments and modalities will be applied and appropriate home exercises demonstrated. Under the supervision of Dr. Perez, you will practice these exercises until you feel comfortable performing them on your own. Written exercise instructions will also be provided for reference.

We will develop and discuss an individualized plan of care that includes specific treatment procedures, frequency of treatment, and need for rechecks if necessary. This plan will fit the needs of your pet and your capabilities.

The first appointment will generally take 1 ½ hours, but can be longer or shorter depending on the pet’s needs.

How is physical rehabilitation performed?

An initial evaluation will be performed with you and your pet. An individualized plan will be designed based on your pet’s needs and your goals and time. This will include therapies and modalities described under the “Available Therapies” tab. Just as in human physical therapy, a large portion of the success of your pet’s rehabilitation will rely on your involvement and commitment to the home exercise plan. Be prepared to be an active partner in your pet’s rehabilitation!

How long does physical rehabilitation take?

The initial evaluation of your pet can take 1 to 1 ½ hours. Follow up appointments may take 30 to 45 minutes.

Just as in human physical therapy, there are no set timelines for how long rehabilitation will be necessary. Each pet is an individual and will progress differently. We will set goals at the initial assessment that can be modified as necessary over the course of treatment to get the best possible results.