Before any treatment can commence, it is necessary to complete a functional assessment of the animal.  This involves gathering information from the owner and the relevant veterinarians, a lifestyle history, radiographs, diagnostic ultrasound reports, MRI reports, surgery reports and any other relevant information.  Most of this can be done before the actual functional assessment consult. At the consult, the therapist will observe the animal’s general demeanor, do a gait evaluation, evaluate the health and mobility of the soft tissue and joints and do some specific functional evaluation tests. The therapist will communicate his or her findings and advise on a treatment plan. 

This may require follow-up rehab treatments before the strengthening component of rehab can begin. Treatment may or may not start that day, depending on time and the nature of the condition. It is said that your treatment begins as soon as you place your hands on the animal.