My vet recommended I bring my dog/cat to you. How do we start?
We’re happy to help! The first step is a consultation with our Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) candidate (FOR NOW- test is in December), Dr. Sara Granberg. This functional exam takes about an hour. The doctor begins by completing a series of physical and neurological exams, as well as checking muscle mass and range of motion. We will discuss your pet’s lifestyle, mobility level, nutrition, supplements, pain scale, and both long- and short-term goals. From there, we will formulate a rehabilitation program specific to your pet based on their needs and what works for you, both time-wise and financially. The doctor will create a customized rehabilitation plan including therapeutic exercise that we will teach you to do at home. If specific therapies are recommended here at the clinic, we will schedule them around your calendar and provide you with a cost estimate so you are able to plan accordingly.
If I think my pet needs to see a rehabilitation veterinarian, can I just call MARS to schedule an appointment?
We are physical rehabilitation referral clinic, which means that the pets we treat must be referred for our care by your primary veterinarian. We act as an extension of your primary care veterinarian, providing rehabilitation services when needed.
How does MARS work with my primary care veterinarian?
We work in partnership with your primary care veterinarian to provide physical rehabilitative services when needed.
Can I bring my pet into MARS for routine medical care?
As a specialty physical rehabilitation practice, MARS does not provide primary medical care such as preventative/wellness medicine, vaccinations, surgical interventions, or nail trimmings. Rather, we partner with your family veterinarian to provide those services for you and your pet.
How do I get a referral?
Simply ask your primary care veterinarian for a referral. Once we receive information from your veterinarian (via fax or email: [email protected]), we will call you to set up an appointment.
What can I expect at my pet’s first visit?
Your pet’s first visit will be a full comprehensive evaluation and will take about an hour. Our veterinarian and rehabilitation nurse will discuss your pet’s problems with you in order to form a customized rehabilitation plan specific to your pet based on goals discussed at your appointment.
How long do exams or treatments take and how often do I have to come?
Does my pet need to be current on vaccines in order to receive treatment?
Does my pet need to be flea free?
Yes, we ask that your pet is on flea prevention while in our care as not to spread fleas with other patients.