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Therapeutic Exercises for Pets

Therapeutic exercises are an important part of your pet’s rehabilitation program. Whether your pet is injured, managing arthritis, trying to lose weight, or an athlete conditioning for sports, the use of therapeutic exercises will help aid your pet’s recovery.

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Therapeutic exercise programs increase joint mobility, muscle flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance. Canine therapeutic exercises were developed and adapted from those used in human physical therapy. At our facility, we utilize FitPAWS® equipment such as peanut-shaped stability balls, balance discs, wobble boards, cavaletti bars, and tension bands. However, many exercises can also be modified to include ordinary household items.

Our certified canine rehabilitation practitioners can develop a customized exercise plan for your pet’s specific needs. Each plan is designed with your pet in mind and includes a variety of exercises to prevent patient boredom. Having your exercise sessions monitored by a trained professional ensures that your pet is performing the exercises correctly. It also allows us to increase the intensity, frequency, and duration of the exercises at the proper time so that your pet is progressing in his or her recovery/conditioning program.

The goals of therapeutic exercise are to:

  • Improve active pain-free range of motion
  • Improve use of limbs and reduce lameness
  • Improve muscle mass and muscle strength
  • Improve daily function
  • Help prevent injury or further injury

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The benefits of therapeutic exercise include:

  • An increased rate of recovery
  • Improved quality of movement
  • Non-invasive treatment
  • Enhanced performance and endurance
  • Positive psychological effects for owner and pet

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Conditions treated include:

  • Fractures
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Degenerative myelopathy (DM)
  • Intervertebral disk disease (IVDD)
  • Recovering from injuries—Including soft tissue and neurological damage
  • Pre- and post-operative conditioning
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injuries (conservative and post-operative recovery)
  • Sports conditioning
  • Weight management
  • Arthritis management

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