Rehab exercises are a vitally important part of treatment for dogs with spine conditions like IVDD (Intervertebral Disc Disease) and neurological problems like Degenerative Myelopathy. They improve the recovery process for dogs after surgery and for those with injuries. Knowing the proper rehabilitation exercises to use keeps your dog’s body strong while they heal. And it keeps their mind engaged in life.
It can be the difference between a dog who regains some or all of their mobility to a pup who can’t move because they’ve lost too much muscle mass.
If there isn’t a canine physical therapy clinic in your area, here are 6 easy exercises you can do at home with your dog. The video introduces you to the basic canine rehab techniques.
Dog rehabilitation exercises you can do at home
Caveat: Be sure to get your veterinarian’s approval before starting any rehabilitation or exercise program with your dog.
Simple dog rehab exercises include:
- Passive range-of-motion
- Strength training
- Light massage
- Go outdoors
- Talk to your dog
Click here for the complete story about canine rehab: 6 Rehab Exercises Your Handicapped Pet Can Do At Home
Conditions of the spine that benefit from rehabilitation:
- Hind end weakness
- Spinal injury – after rest or surgery has been completed
- Neurological Conditions
- Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
- Fibercartilaginous Embolism (FCE) stroke
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals, written by Susan E. Davis PT, is one of my favorite books for people who want to use at home therapy techniques. I’ve written about it many times. The book helps pet owners understand veterinary physical therapy techniques, goal setting and therapeutic exercises.
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