A program of therapeutic exercises performed both in the clinic and at home is an integral part of the rehabilitation program.
This sort of physiotherapy for animals is more challenging than with people as we can not explain to them what we want then to do. We have a wide variety of exercises that can be used to target movement at different muscle, tendons or joints and can be adapted to the individual capabilities of your pet.
Doing these exercises at home enables you to be involved in your animals recovery and will speed up the rehabilitation process considerably. Lead walking is often an essential part of the recovery process and we can assist with preventing pulling and enabling the walking to be a valuable part of therapy rather than a battle.
Therapeutic exercises can be used to encourage weight bearing on a limb, improve active joint motion and to build power, strength and speed. They can be used to help proprioception (the awareness of where the body is in space) and balance ( the body’s ability to maintain equilibrium while standing or moving over different ground conditions). Simple massage techniques or stretching may be demonstrated to you to help manage pain and recovery from injury.
The therapists at pet rehab will develop a unique program for your pet and it will be adjusted as we go through the rehabilitation process. If a particular exercise is difficult to do we can design an alternative. We can assist with training your dog (or cat or rabbit etc) to complete the exercises- sometimes this may be as simple as training a dog to sit, sometimes training methods such as clicker training are used.
Please contact us if you struggle with a particular exercise - we are here to help