What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Prior to your First Appointment, Visit your Veterinarian

It’s important that you know that I am not a veterinarian. I am a Physical Therapist and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, legally registered/licensed in the state of Colorado to perform animal physical therapy. However, prior to commencing any treatment for any condition on your dog, I must have a medical clearance from your veterinarian that deems your dog is safe and appropriate for rehabilitation. You can have your veterinarian submit the  Online Referral Form or download and print the Veterinary Referral Form, take it to your veterinarian to have it completed, signed and faxed to Dog Rehab Works at (720) 505-2709.   If you need assistance with the form or your veterinarian requires more information, please let me know and I’ll be happy to assist.

Please complete submit a New Client Registration Form online HERE. If you would rather, you can also Download, print and fill out the registration form and have it available with you along with your veterinary referral form at your first appointment.

At Your First Appointment

At your first appointment, I will review the information you have provided on your New Client Registration Form and the information your veterinarian has supplied on the Veterinary Referral Form.  Your dog will receive a thorough, full body, physical evaluation and based on the findings, an individualized treatment plan will be developed.  Together, we will discuss and formulate goals of treatment for you dog. In my experience, your participation in the care and recovery of your dog is a vital element to a successful outcome.  You will be given a custom, home program to carry out and will be shown ways to manage your dog at home, all to assist and speed your dog’s recovery. The length of the initial evaluation and treatment will vary depending on various factors, but typically should take 60-75 minutes.

I will communicate the findings of the initial evaluation and treatment plan with your veterinarian. If there’s any concern, I will recommend you return to your vet for further assessment.  Throughout the course of care, I will keep your veterinarian regularly informed of your dog’s progress.