Visiting the Veterinarian

Getting Started

Thank you for your interest in our services. We are excited to work with you.

Step 1

See these resources to learn about our rehab experience.

Step 2

Call us at 949-444-2451 to setup an appointment

Step 3

Print and complete the forms below and bring them with you to your initial consultation.

Step 4

If you were referred to us by a veterinarian please have them complete the referral form below and fax it with your pets records to 949-209-4246.

Step 5

Show up to your consultation

What to bring
  • Your pet.
  • The forms you filled out from above.

Directions
Finding us can be tricky since there are multiple streets with the same name in Newport Beach. We find that most GPS systems are not able to navigate you to our address. Our main cross streets are Bristol and Redhill, near where the 55 and the 73 freeways meet.
  • Canine Rehabilitation of Orange County
    20332 Riverside Drive
    Newport Beach, CA 92660 map
Your Consultation Appointment
This is a 1.5 to 2 hour appointment. First you will meet with a licensed veterinarian rehabilitation practitioner to get a head-to-toe examination. Next, you will leave your pet with us for a minimum of one hour while we complete the first treatment. When you return, a rehabilitation plan will be presented to you. Follow-up treatments that are customized to each individual pet will be discussed with you at that time.

Frequently Asked Questions

It says on your website that I am going to need to leave my pet with you for her treatments, why can't I stay and watch?

"Most rehab patients have experienced some kind or trauma, or pain, or are limited in their physical or mental abilities and that can be really scary for a pet. So we really have to rely on the relationship we establish with the pet to get them on the road to recovery. They have to trust me, they have to know I am not going to hurt them, even when I am handling their surgical site. They have to like me, enough for them to want to do whatever crazy and challenging activity I have laid out for them. And they have to be at peace, they have to be relaxed enough for the therapeutic effects to take hold. And a relationship like this takes time and consistency. I have to be very careful not to break the “I won’t hurt you” unspoken promise I have with my patients as I go about challenging them to push their physical boundaries. I have to be very careful in monitoring their abilities and I walk that line between challenging the physical or mental abilities of a pet and over taxing them. And so for me, I do not allow owners to be present while performing therapy on their dog. Its not that I am intentionally being sneaky about what I do in therapy, its just that when I need the dog to focus on me, like me, and trust me, the pets family members being present can impede that bonding and interrupts the recovery times of therapy. In rehab, I only want to have to focus on my four legged clients, how they are doing and how their treatment is going."
-Lauryn Harker RVT CCRP

My pet is very scared, and/or stubborn. How are you going to get them to do anything?

"How do I get a pet to participate in therapy? Mostly trust. I bond with my patients. I love on them and work with them slowly with care. I make sure they are comfortable and since rehabilitation relieves pain, it doesn't take long for most of my patients to really enjoy coming to visit. I use praise, encouragement, affection, occasionally treats (if diet approved), and creativity to encourage pets to participate in exercises that will heal their bodies and I do all of this in a stress-free, distraction-free environment so that the patient can focus on feeling good and moving better. If trust doesn't work, I can be tricky, distracting a pet into performing a movement that he doesn't think he can do. Or altering a movement to one that is more acceptable to the pet, but still therapeutically beneficial."
-Lauryn Harker RVT CCRP

My dog is afraid of the water, but water therapy has been recommended, what will you do?

"Lots of dogs have a fear of swimming, even my own labrador hated the beach and swimming in pools. But the underwater treadmill is different in how the patient is introduced into the water and that makes a huge difference. Many dogs struggle in water and become fearful due to the fact that their feet aren't touching the ground and because of the sudden submersion of the water. The underwater treadmill provides fantastic low-impact resistance exercises while the patients feet remain on the ground and their head and shoulders stay dry. The water level is adjusted very slowly and rises up from below them so that initially only their toes are wet. Slowly the water level rises and the treadmill band moves forward. They are walking and distracted and before they know it the water level is up to their elbows and everything is fine. And of course we are always right there to provide support and encouragement every step of the way."
-Lauryn Harker RVT CCRP

What sort of ailments or conditions do you treat with Rehab?

Check out our page that lists common conditions that we treat. Is rehabilitation right for your pet?