There are many types of non-traditional therapies that benefit dogs!
Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is a relatively new specialty in veterinary medicine. Physical therapy (also called physiotherapy) has long been used for humans to help preserve, enhance or restore physical function impaired by disease, surgery or aging. What many people don’t realize is that physical therapy and rehabilitation can also enhance and restore function for our dogs.
The dogs that could benefit from physical therapy include:
- Canine athletes (such as agility, obedience, and field)
- Working dogs (such as police, farm, search & rescue, assistant)
- Active pet dogs (hiking and running partners)
- Obese dogs
- Geriatric dogs
- Injured or post-surgical dogs (including spinal injuries, intervertebral disc disease, cruciate ligament surgeries, muscle atrophy, hip and elbow dysplasia, and osteoarthritis)
These days your treatment options go far beyond surgery and pain medications. Gayle, Marcy and I all have had dogs who greatly benefitted from physical therapy. Gayle’s and Marcy’s dogs had major traumas which required surgery, but their injuries and therapies were very different.