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Department Information – Pet Rehab and Fitness

Hours of Operation

To schedule appointments, please call 409-974-7558. As Houston is still challenged with some limited phone lines, we also encourage you to email us at info@gcvs.com.

About GCARF

Gulf Coast Animal Rehabilitation and Fitness was the first rehabilitation center established in the Houston region and one of the first to open in the nation, giving us the experience to meet your pet’s needs. Our practice is led by a physical therapist licensed in human practice who received intensive training to transfer her skills to the animal world. Our dedicated rehabilitation technician and assistants utilize fear-free techniques to ensure your pet’s comfort while receiving specialized rehabilitation care. Collaboration is available with the surgical specialists at GCVS as well as the other specialists in this group to enhance your pet’s recovery.

Our facility features the full spectrum of rehabilitation equipment, including two underwater treadmills, 2 LASER units, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and exercise equipment designed to facilitate your animal’s recovery. Our caseload includes patients with a wide variety of orthopedic, neurologic, soft tissue, and oncologic (cancer) problems. We also provide services to “healthy” dogs that need assistance with exercise for weight loss, conditioning, cross-training, and sports-specific exercise programs to maximize performance (including agility, field trial, flyball, lure coursing, obedience, and conformation competitors).

Initial Appointment

Your first appointment with the therapist will be for a comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation and treatment planning. This appointment will last approximately 60 minutes, dependent on your pet’s needs and tolerance. The therapist will take measurements, discuss your goals for your pet, and make recommendations for the rehabilitation plan. Most patients will also receive treatment during this first appointment. In order to facilitate owner education and instructions, we ask that you either remain with your pet during this visit, or plan to meet with the Therapist when you return to pick up your pet.

If your primary veterinarian referred your pet to GCARF, medical records, including radiographs, will be requested from your Veterinarian for review. If you were referred to GCARF by a veterinarian at GCVS or GCVNN, your records will be accessible for the therapist. In either case, you will need to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete paperwork.

Follow-up Appointments and Drop-offs

The therapist sees patients Monday through Friday by appointment. The frequency of your pet’s treatments will be discussed after an evaluation of your pet has been completed. To better accommodate your schedule, in most cases your pet may be dropped off to stay with us for the day and receive treatments.

Therapist Callback Schedule

The therapist receives many phone calls each day. She will take as many calls as possible between appointments and treatment sessions. However, in order to provide the best care possible to each patient, she must often return calls after completing patient care at the end of the day. Please be sure to give day and evening contact numbers. Alternatively, the therapist may be contacted via e-mail, which she frequently checks (nancyd@gcvs.com).

As your pet’s condition changes during the course of therapy, his/her home program and activities will also change; regular instructions and progress reports will be provided to you. The rehabilitation technicians and assistants help convey information about your pet’s care to and from the therapist, allowing her to remain in the treatment area to provide your pet the best level of care.

Grooming/ Hygiene

GCVS does not provide grooming services. However, in order to maintain water quality in our underwater treadmill chamber, your pet’s coat must be clean and free of debris/matting. If we must bathe your dog prior to treatment, a fee will be assessed.