What does an overall initial evaluation consist of?
In order to best assist each patient we will thoroughly evaluate:
3. Quality of movements
4. Conformation and body alignment
5. Joint health and mobility
6. Range of motion
8. Muscle strength
8. Tendon and ligament integrity
10. Neurologic status
11 Abilities to utilize proper movement patterns and perform daily activities
13. Weight/body composition
14. Injury/Athletic history
15. Owner/Handler experience
Based on these findings, appropriate treaments will be performed that same day to best address your pet’s current need. A home program will be designed with your pet’s specific issues in mind. Following the treatments, the therapist will discuss the findings, and the home program will be reviewed in detail.
How are treatment plans developed?
Upon completion of the exam, an overall assessment and diagnosis will be determined, and a therapy program will be developed based on the evaluation findings. It is our treatment plans include both therapeutic. When applicable, PUP therapists will consult with a treating veterinarian in an effort to develop a cohesive plan to achieve the highest results for each patient. Additionally, recommendations for medications, supplements, nutrition, assistive devices, and/or home modifications will be provided.
May I watch the treatment or do I have to leave?
You are absolutely allowed to be with your dog. As a matter of fact, PUP encourages it if your dog will benefit from your presence. Your encouragement and concern may be critical to your dog’s rehabilitation. However, there are times where it is best for the therapist to work one on one with your pet to gain it’s trust and maximize the time spent with it.
The rehabilitation practitioner will cover with you policies and procedures for observing and/or participating in a treatment sessions. Additionally, part of PUP’s approach to treatment is owner instruction. Owner instruction is individualized by the dog’s needs, your capabilities, and other plan considerations. You will be taught appropriate activities like strengthening exercises, massage and stretches.
You may also leave your dog in our care on a temporary basis for the day at no additional fee, or boarding is an option if you want or need your pet to have rehabilitation by PUP while living at the facility.
Will I receive instruction on how to support my dog’s treatment at home?
An important part of PUP’s approach to treatment is owner instruction. The team approach is crucial to a dog’s recovery and health. Owner instruction is individualized by the dog’s needs, your capabilities, and other plan considerations. You will be taught appropriate activities like strengthening exercises, massage and stretches. Rehabilitation is not effective if there is no carry through at home, so we count on our owners to be a crucial part of the team in order to expedite recovery. PUP will provide forms and/or written material to accompany verbal instruction, and videoing and photos are always encouraged.