WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR FIRST VISIT?
Your companion’s first consultation is one hour long during which we will discuss their full history from puppyhood to their current state, their lifestyle, diet, current medication, home environment as well as the condition of concern. Your companion will have a full musculoskeletal and neurological assessment after which we will discuss the best way forward with therapy. Together we generate a treatment plan that serves both you and your companion.
What makes the BARCC examination different to that of a routine veterinary check-up? Small animal rehabilitation makes use of goniometric as well as muscle mass measurements. Goniometry is the measurement of the range of motion of a joint, the flexibility of the joint and its ability to perform its normal function. Each joint of the body will have a specific range of motion expected in a healthy individual. A compromised joint will have a reduced range of motion and that is what we aim to improve.
The measurement of your companions muscle mass allows us to note the favouring of limbs or weight shifting present. For example we measure your companions two thigh circumferences or shoulder circumferences, assessing their equality and size. We strive to improve and equalise muscle mass in the two sides of the body.
These measurements are clinical tools that allow the objective assessment of a patient’s progress in their therapy program.
BARCC makes use of positive reinforcement while working with our patients, ensuring their comfort and we advise that you bring your companion’s favourite treats or toys with to the consultation to encourage them. We need and encourage your participation during the consultation and therapy. You will be holding your companion while they are assessed, which is done on padded gym mats on the floor. Should you be unable to do this, please notify us in advance so that additional support may be organised.
WHAT TO BRING:
Your companion’s favourite treats and/or toys
Diagnostic material i.e. x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans, from your routine veterinarian or specialist centres (if applicable)
Blood test results and a list of current medications (if applicable) as well as the name of the diet fed and list of treats, if any.
Completed Registration and Consent to Treat documents