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:

  • an overall improved movement, gait and function
  • reduced pain, complications and swelling of the limb
  • speed of recovery is increased
  • dog therapy will increase their strength, range of motion, endurance and performance
  • this is a non-invasive approach to dog care
  • minimizes expenses for the owner
  • good psychological changes for the owner and the dog
  • the dog’s life will be improved and prolonged
  • other injuries will be prevented
  • the dog therapy will require a reduced amount of NSAIDs
  • the dog’s muscle, nerve and joint function will be not only preserved but improved
  • this therapy for dogs is a thorough and comprehensive management for rehabilitation

Many pet owners wonder when they should utilize some form of physiotherapy for their dog. Viewing it from a holistic perspective, we see a joint disorder affecting other parts of the loco-motor system. From this ocurring, it can lead to a nasty circle of sedentary behavior, which further worsens joint functioning, which leads to possible weight gain, leading to abnormal stress on the joint and the vicious cycle goes on.

So therapy for dogs should be applied in these situations:

  • any pre-surgical situation that needs muscle built up and supporting structures strengthened
  • post surgery recovery whether orthopedic or neurological
  • any musculoskeletal injuries from sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, hypo-mobility or muscle weakness
  • disc diseases, paresis and pain
  • any lameness, asymmetry or gait abnormalities
  • any contractures, joint injuries or arthritis
  • for healing wounds
  • for pain management
  • canine athletes who need to perform
  • any circulation problems or edema
  • cardio-respiratory challenges
  • weight loss and management

Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

Therapy for dogs involves a wide range of treatment modalities. I discuss this at great length in my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs.” In Chapter two I talk about all the different types of complementary treatments we have available to us, and  how we have choices today that we never had many years ago. I explain in Chapter four about ACL tears and injuries and provide you with information that is invaluable to know if you choose to have surgery on your dog. In Chapter three I give you all sorts of help on various cancers and how you can prevent them and potentially halt their progression.

Therapy for dogs today offer many varieties. For our dog’s wellness and conditioning there is surely some type of dog therapy you can incorporate into your dog care regime. For preventative medicine, maintenance of muscle strength and overall fitness, or specialized training for the athlete, physiotherapy for our canines is utilized in many ways and forms. It has been proven that even a minimum amount of therapeutic treatment will deliver a faster rehabilitation and is far more effective in pain management. So check out what type of dog therapy is available for you today and help your dog live a longer and healthier life.

Does your dog receive any dog therapy? How has it helped them? Share your comments and information below.












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