Getting an Evaluation for Your Pet
Do I need to have a referral from my vet or surgeon to visit Back on Track?
No. While most of our patients are referred by a vet or surgeon, we do accept self referrals. However, we do ask that you provide information about the vets your pet has seen in the last few years so that our Dr. may review your pet's important medical information. If your pet has had any radiographs, or surgery it is important for our staff to be aware of this. We may need to see your pet's radiographs and can request them from the veterinarian if needed.
How long does an evaluation take?
You should plan about 90 minutes for an initial evaluation. Arrive to your appointment a few minutes early to complete paperwork.
What is the fee for an initial evaluation?
$240. This does not include supplements or medications prescribed.
What happens at the initial evaluation?
Dr. Shaw takes time at the beginning to observe your pet's movement about the clinic, noting issues with gait, standing, sitting, etc. A thorough history of your pet's problem is taken. Radiographs, if present, may be review and discussed.
Dr. Shaw and her staff then carefully examine your pet's joints and muscles, evaluating lameness, flexibility, pain sensation, and neurological soundness.
Once the exam is complete Dr. Shaw will work with you to develop a rehabilitation treatment plan which fits you and your pet's needs. She may recommend in clinic as well as home treatments, supplements, and/or medications. All recommendations are summarized for you in an easy to read format. Home care instructions and exercise plan handouts are included in the end of visit summary.
What happens next?
Our technicians review your end of visit summary and answer any questions you may have about your rehabilitation plan, medications, or supplements. Then our reception staff will help you to schedule appointments.