Lottie & Karen B., CH Kennlee Piece of 8, "Lottie", 5 Years Old & Karen B., Owner/Trainer
Physical Therapy for our canine companions is largely similar to treatment for humans. Both pediatric and geriatric considerations must be taken into account when treating an injured or functionally hampered dog. The goals of treatment are also the same for canines- reduce pain and inflammation, restore normal mobility and strength so our 4-legged patients may regain functional abilities.
Treatment begins with an initial assessment including a medical and injury history. The initial evaluation may take one hour and subsequent treatment sessions may be 30-45 minutes in length. And, just as our people-patients have home programs of exercise, our puppy-patients and their owners will also have rehabilitation homework. Canine physical therapy means practice at home too.
There is currently no state requirements for a veterinary referral to physical therapy, however, it is highly advised the dog's owner keeps the veterinarian apprised of physical therapy treatment. The evaluation summary and treatment updates may also be sent to the veterinarian if requested.
Areas of treatment may include:
Who does not enjoy a good massage? Canine massage and myofascial release will improve circulation and overall mobility. Sometimes an extensive physical therapy program is not needed for tight muscles (think sports massage) or for aging joints and muscles (think gentle geriatric massage). Canine massage in conjunction with Class II laser treatment is an appropriate and wonderful companion treatment to a dog's rehabilitation program too. Canines young and old alike respond very positively and sometimes immediately to this combination treatment.
Canine massage therapy sessions are very dependent upon the individual dog's response. A typical treatment session may be 15-30 minutes in length.