Pet Rehabilitation: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Arkansas Animal Rehabilitation & Fitness in Cabot, Arkansas

What methods of payment does AARF accept?

AARF will accept all forms of payment – cash, check, debit/credit cards (VISA, MC, Discover, and American Express), and CareCredit.

What else should I know about bring my pet to AARF?

AARF is located within All For Pets Veterinary Clinic. AARF is a separate service to provide rehabilitation services to patients in Central Arkansas. We will send you back to your referring veterinarian for services needed that are not rehabilitation specific. This includes flea/tick medications, vaccines, radiographs, etc.

Does pet insurance cover veterinary rehab? Many policies of pet insurance do cover rehabilitation services. Please contact the individual company for specifics with your plan.

Can rehab replace surgery?

Rehab cannot replace surgery for some conditions. For example, a torn CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) cannot be stabilized with rehab alone. Replacing the ligament, either through surgery or bracing, must be done to stabilize the knee joint.

When is rehab indicated?

Rehabilitation is often indicated in a variety of conditions.  The most obvious is to help speed recovery after orthopedic surgery.  Rehab can also help arthritis, muscle atrophy, obesity, nerve dysfunction and many others.

My pet’s surgeon has recommended rehab, why do I need an initial evaluation?

The initial evaluation to the opportunity to have both you and your pet in front of the rehabilitation veterinarian for a complete examination. Rehabilitation often looks at different measurements, strengths, ect., to evaluate your pet’s function. The initial evaluation allows us to diagnose and formulate a plan to address the dysfunction.

My pet is having surgery, how long should I wait to start rehab?

Many surgeons will have very specific requirements of when to start rehab. This often varies with the type of surgery and the type of fixation. It is never a bad idea to discuss rehab with your surgeon prior to surgery and to contact us immediately before and/or after about rehab.

How long will my pet need rehab?

h case is different.  Post-surgery patients often only need rehab for 2-3 months after surgery to fully recuperate.  Rehabilitation patients that are suffering with arthritis may need lifelong treatments to manage the discomfort.

How do I schedule my pet’s initial appointment?

If your pet has been referred for rehabilitation, your regular veterinarian will need to fill out our referral form and send us any radiographs, bloodwork, etc. that pertain to the case. We will also need proof of current vaccinations. Once our office received all of the information, we will contact you to schedule the appointment.

What should I expect at the initial appointment?

At the initial appointment, the veterinarian and assistant will evaluate your pet, take initial measurements, and discuss the case with you.   We will then work on an individual plan for therapy modalities for your pet’s case. Often, the doctors may email you within 24-48 hours the plan with specifics and costs associated.

Why can’t my vet do the rehab?

Many general veterinarians have great diagnostic skills, their focus is often in other areas, such as internal medicine or surgery.

After diagnosis, the ability to address your pet’s specific issues often takes multiple techniques, medications, and/or supplements. No two patients are the same. Rehabilitation cannot be performed as a “cookbook” recipe.

Our veterinarians have received specialized training in rehab to provide your pet with the best rehabilitation available to maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome.

How is AARF’s team different?

Our team is made up of certified veterinarians with extensive post-graduate training in veterinary rehabilitation.  We take a hands-on approach to treating your pet and can tailor a rehabilitation plan with the right combination of treatment options for your pet, as well as for you.

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