I get questions all the time about at-home rehab care books for pet parents so they can help their paralyzed, injured, immobile or geriatric dogs and cats in the privacy of their own homes. I did some research and found these three great books full of practical advice.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals, by Susan E. Davis
I’ve shared this book before and I highly recommend it; in fact I would have added it to my own library during Sophie’s illness, if I had known about it. Susan E. Davis is a licensed physical therapist with more than 35 years of experience. She worked with human patients for most of her career and transitioned into the veterinary world. She now works exclusively with animals in their homes. Her book gives pet owners lots of PT techniques they can do at home with their pet to alleviate pain and increase strength and balance. In addition the book helps owners assess their pet’s environment and learn how to make it safer and easier for a dog or cat with a disabilities.
Swim To Recovery: Canine Hydrotherapy Healing (Gentle Dog Care), by Emily Wong
Canine hydrotherapy is an important rehabilitation therapy for dogs with all sorts of mobility and joint issues. However, not all cities are equipped with a canine rehab facility. Swim to Recovery explores how hydrotherapy improves a dog’s health and shows actual case studies of dogs undergoing treatment. The book discusses the work of hydro-therapists, canine health issues, clinical signs, prevention and treatment.
Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual, by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt
Canine massage is another important part of helping disabled dogs recover from an injury or keep them flexible and ease their pain. Written by a recognized canine massage expert, this book teaches the techniques of massage therapy to pet owners so they can bring the benefits to their dogs. The book teaches canine anatomy and kinesiology; massage movements, how to find muscular stress points and other techniques. The book even offers massage routines to address specific health problems.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about these books or other at-home rehab care books for pet parents that you like.
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