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Cocoa's first PT visit
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I know I am insanely tardy in my PT visit report. But let me just say, "Whatta waste of 70 bucks!"

I learned absolutely nothing that I hadn't already read here. The only real value is knowing 43lbs should be about her max weight and 40 is ideal.

We met with the head PT. She did a gait check and some work on her muscles. Says she's in great shape. Strong muscles (even though her back leg wobbles?). Told me that if from the sitting position her leg starts to turn out, to take her to my vet immediately. Which was her reply for a lot of her questions. Supplements? Ask your vet.

I really felt that once I said I was only there for home exercises, the PT was immediately uninterested. Which was right near the beginning of our visit. I was crazy disappointed when we left.

Oh, and she told me to let Cocoa run as much as she wants. Huh?


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What is it they say - 1/2 of the doctors were in the bottom half of their class? Applies to all professions, and unfortunately we aren't privvy to all the inside information when we choose a caregiver. I'm really sorry you had a bad experience, it does just kinda knock the wind out of your sails.

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Oh bummer!

hugapitbulll's right....there's a whackadoodle in every bunch.

Was the PT a credentialed CCRT or CCRP ?

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From the STVS website: She is a Certified Canine Massage Provider from the Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage. Becky completed the University of Tennessee Certificate program in Canine Rehabilitation where she studied comparative anatomy, commonly seen orthopedic and neurologic conditions, commonly used therapeutic interventions, heat therapy, cryotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and other emerging modalities, aquatic rehabilitation, joint mobilization, measuring, assessment score aquatic activities, therapeutic exercise, assistive devices, slings, carts, hoyer lifts, evaluation and documentation of the rehabilitation patient.  She completed an elective course on the stifle (canine knee) where she studied the anatomy, structure and function, the biomechanics of the stifle joint, traumatic injuries of the stifle and their treatments, osteoarthritis of the stifle, and physical rehabilitation of the stifle joint condistions.


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That's too bad. 

Maybe you should give her a jingle and tell her you felt a little cheated after paying $70?  I know I'd like to hear from my customers if they are unhappy.  Just a thought.

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