What to Expect at the Initial Evaluation
The initial examination usually takes about 1 hour and consists of Dr. Kara completing a full musculoskeletal, neurological and strength testing exam. We will evaluate the pet’s gait, muscle circumference measurements, range of motion measurements, analyze the weight distribution on the limbs, and the pet’s functional abilities.
After the examination, review of medical records and x-rays, Dr. Kara will formulate a problem list, treatment plan and goals for your pet. You will be given the option to start a formal in clinic rehabilitation program for your pet, or a customized home exercise program. An estimate will be provided at this time as well.
This information will be sent to your referring veterinarian to keep all parties on the same page. Our goal is to complement what your veterinarian is doing to help your pet!
It is very important to send us your new client form ahead of time as this will allow us to utilize our hour to it’s fullest potential.
Dr. Kara making friends with Jane before starting her evaluation. Along with taking a good patient history, many aspects are evaluated during the initial exam including – localizing pain, gait and function analysis, weight, muscle mass, flexibility, joint range of motion, neurological status and nutritional needs.