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Help Painful, Weak Dogs Get Moving Again: Leda's Story

May, 09

This awesome article was sent to us by Jeff VerHoef of Canine Mobility who worked with "Leda" the Bouvier. He was interviewed by Kate Poss, the founder and writer for This is Whidbey.  We've talked about how physical therapy, massage, braces, and anti-knuckling devices can help dogs regain mobility.  Now read Leda's story about overcoming severe arthritis and spinal stroke (FCE).  It may "take a...

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Could My Pet Benefit From Rehabilitation?

Mar, 30

There are some obvious cases where rehabilitation can benefit animals including spinal injury, osteoarthritis, or cruciate ligament rupture. But small injuries can happen during normal life and dogs are generally quite stoic and are very good at hiding subtle injuries. If these injuries aren’t picked up on, then as the dog ages, they will adapt how they move and hold...

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What Are the Different Types of Dog Physical Therapy?

Oct, 17

If your dog is recovering from injury or surgery, canine physical therapy is frequently the next step in the healing process. Dog physical therapy is an adaptation of the same types of techniques and modalities used for humans. The goal is to decrease pain while increasing increase mobility, function and overall quality of life. Here you’ll find an overview on...

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Hydrotherapy

Oct, 14

Hydrotherapy provides many benefits for our rehabilitation patients. Hydrotherapy uses buoyancy, resistance, viscosity, and hydrostatic pressure to help an animal move injured or arthritic joints through water. The buoyance of the body in water lowers their body weight, thus lowering the stress on joints. The resistance of walking through the water provides most of the work, while lifting a limb...

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Hydrotherapy in Canine Physical Rehab

Sep, 16

The role of therapy pools and underwater treadmills in physical rehabilitation, and what to consider when adding these to your facility. Hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy, has become an important part of physical rehabilitation for dogs. The aim is to return the patient to full function following injury, manage long-term medical conditions, and improve fitness. Both therapy pools and underwater treadmills...

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