Therapeutic Exercise

Therapeutic exercises are the heart of any physical rehab program. Your pet’s exercises will be selected and developed on an individual basis depending on the condition, surgical recovery, age of your pet, overall body condition before and after surgery, stage of healing, and much more.

There is a wide range of equipment used for performing these exercises. Sometimes, the equipment may be as simple as our hands…and dog treats! Other equipment involved with therapeutic exercises include physioballs, balance boards, steps, ramps, and cushions, cavaletti rails, weave poles, and much more.

Our goal with therapeutic exercise is to gain function and strength. This may be achieved through passive or active exercises. Passive exercises help gain flexibility and are done through massage, passive range of motion, and stretching. Active exercises increase flexibility, start to build strength and endurance, and improve balance and coordination. For your pet, therapeutic exercise quickly becomes their favorite part of their visit – it’s a time for them to play and earn treats!

Indications:
  • Surgical recovery
  • Pelvic limb weakness
  • Neurological conditions
  • Geriatric patients
  • Athletic/sporting dogs
  • Decreased flexibility
Benefits:
  • Improves flexibility
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves proprioception
  • Promotes independence
  • Faster surgical recovery
  • Builds endurance