Many pet owners have questions about working with an animal rehabilitation clinic and whether it’s the right choice for their dog. At Tampa Bay K9, we strive to offer a wide range of services to ensure your pet gets the care and attention it needs. The following are a few FAQs we receive regarding canine rehab.
What Conditions Can an Animal Rehabilitation Clinic Treat?
The most common conditions we see at Tampa Bay K9 Rehab Center include injuries and post-surgical conditions as well as:
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
- Weight management
- Spinal conditions
- Post Operative Orthopaedic Surgery Cases
- Post Operative Spinal Surgery Cases
- Pain management
Does My Pet Need Rehabilitation or Therapy?
To determine whether your pet is a candidate for therapy, you’ll need to visit a veterinarian. They’ll then refer you to our animal rehabilitation clinic for further care. If your pet has any sort of pain, injury, dysfunction, or health condition, your vet will likely agree that rehab can improve your pet’s health.
Tampa Bay K9’s Dr. Mark Brown, CCRP underwent training and certification through the Canine Rehabilitation Program at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Once we receive the referral and you come in for a visit, your pet will be in excellent hands at our facility with cutting-edge treatment options and a caring, supportive staff.
What Does the First Visit to an Animal Rehabilitation Clinic Entail?
During your pet’s first visit to our animal rehabilitation clinic, we’ll perform a full evaluation. To determine the best course of therapy for your pet, we need to see what issues they are having and figure out the right plan of action to help restore their health. The visit will include health history, an examination, and creating a therapy plan. Depending on the case, we may perform an initial therapy session during the visit.
Please bring any records from your vet (such as x-rays, lab work, etc.). Also bring a list of medications and supplements your pet is taking, and any other relevant health-related information.
How Often Is Treatment Necessary and How Long Will It Take to Notice Improvement?
While each dog is different, typically, treatment plans will involve at-home exercises for patients to perform outside of our animal rehabilitation clinic. These exercises may reduce the need for in-clinic visits and decrease the necessary length of treatment. However, some conditions are lifelong and will require less frequent visits for a longer period. Depending on your pet’s condition, you may see improvements in as little as one session.