Rehab exercises are important for dogs suffering from injuries or diseases of the spine. It keeps their bodies strong and their minds engaged in life. If there isn’t a canine physical therapy clinic in your area, there are simple dog rehab exercises you can do at home. Here is a video that will introduce you to dog rehab techniques.
Caveat: Be sure to get your veterinarian’s approval before you start 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 more details about canine rehab: 6 Rehab Exercises Your Handicapped Pet Can Do At Home
Conditions of the spine that may 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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