dog care

Top 12 Benefits from Therapy for Dogs

  Understand Why Your Dog will be Healthier and Happier

Therapy for dogs has been recognized by veterinarians as a treatment protocol for proper rehabilitation.  Pre-operatively and post-operatively it is now being incorporated into dog care for optimum results. Physiotherapy has been a missing link for many years as the profession focused primarily on medical and surgical management. In today’s practice, that has all changed.

There are a number of modalities for dog therapy. The goals of physiotherapy remain the same and the benefits are astounding. Any pet owner with a dog that needs surgery or has had surgery, must ensure a rehabilitation program has been laid out for them. It would be like sending a person home after surgery on a broken leg without crutches to walk with.

The following is a list of goals for providing physiotherapy for your canine friend: 

  • physiotherapy eliminates the cause of the dysfunction
  • therapy for dogs improves a general return to functioning
  • dog therapy alleviates pain. Pain can cause a host of unwanted conditions such as immunosuppression, cachexia, a disuse of limbs and inappetance.
  • therapy for dogs reduces inflammation. By reducing the inflammation in their body, you will increase their recovery time and encourage them to use their limbs.
  • canine therapy can prevent and minimize the atrophy of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone and cartilage
  • dog therapy enhances cardiovascular fitness
  • canine therapy brings awareness to the management of post-operative musculoskeletal conditions, preservation and improvement of joint function

Therapy for dogs can be applied to a whole host of conditions. The need and desire to improve post-operative patient care since traditional ways, has increased the need for veterinarians learning how to utilize and apply many different modalities. Here are the 12 benefits a “therapy for dog” can provide: Continue reading

Dog Health – Eight Simple Steps for a Healthy Dog

It is So Simple – Just Follow these Eight Steps

We have a dog that we love with our entire being. There isn’t anything that we don’t possess in our body and mind that can deny that fact. We will do whatever it takes to the end of the earth to make sure they are healthy and happy to their very last day. Yet despite our hardest efforts, our beloved companion is not a healthy dog.

You feed them a high quality food, give them a walk every day and get their regular check-ups at the vet and vaccinate regularly. What could be wrong? They are loved, you give great attention to your healthy dog because that is what you want; a healthy dog! How come they have dog health issues when you are looking after them so well?

One of the simplest tasks to do is to make a check list of everything you do for your dog. When you have created this list look for where holes could be to their well-being. By that I am referring to cracks in the overall picture where things could be better or modified. That can pertain to diet, grooming, exercise, socializing, stimulation, training, and many more. The following is a guideline you can check your dog care up against to see if something can be improved upon. Continue reading