Canine physical therapy is a term used to describe the process of rehabilitating dogs.

Many of the same procedures used in human physiotherapy are used in canine or veterinary physical rehabilitation to enhance an animal’s physical well-being. In fact, they are nearly identical in every manner. In essence, physical rehabilitation for pets can also be considered as animal physiotherapy or physical therapy. In most jurisdictions, certified physical therapists who deal only with people are referred to as “physical therapists”. Therefore, when the same procedures and techniques are used among animals, we refer to them as “physical rehabilitation.”

What is included in canine rehabilitation?

Massage, heat treatment, electrical stimulation, and acupuncture, in conjunction with hydrotherapy and exercise, can assist to restore function to an injured or ill dog. This combination approach may help pets recover from injuries, diseases, and surgeries by relieving pain, improving joint and muscle health, and assisting with rehabilitation. Canine physical rehabilitation is often recommended by veterinarians as an alternative to surgery or as a method to stimulate aging dogs’ minds and give them a renewed feeling of purpose.

A customized at-home exercise regimen, therapeutic modalities, client education, the use of particular equipment (e.g. unstable surfaces), and alternative therapies are all used in canine rehabilitation (e.g. massage). These work together to relieve pain, restore function, and improve a dog’s physical abilities and general quality of life.

Because every dog is different, with various health challenges and skills, only your veterinarian or a Canine Physical Rehabilitation specialist can offer you an estimate of when you could notice a change in your dog’s condition.

While it is painful to see your dog in pain, canine rehabilitation coupled with other medical interventions can help enhance your pet’s levels of comfort and living. You can always consult with your veterinarian to know more about the ways in which you can contribute to the overall wellbeing of your canine friend.

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