Canine Massage Therapy, Hydrotherapy and after Surgery Support


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Injury and Post Surgical Recovery Therapies

Having a sick dog is one the worst things. You have taken your pet through the process of surgical correction for an injury or orthopedic or soft tissue ailment and they have survived and come out the other side and had the stiches removed – what next. They have survived surgery and now the road to recovery begins.   Your pet will need to recover strength,  muscle mass, balance, range of motion and general well-being.

K9 Rehab staff are experienced  professionals with certification  in small animal rehabilitation massage therapy, diploma qualified canine hydro-therapists with studies with experience in functional rehabilitation and  pet first aid.

Once your veterinarian has deemed your dog past the initial healing phase of their recovery and has agreed to the use of physical therapies to help your dog regain strength and mobility a treatment plan will need to be developed. Your dog’s treatment will focus on improving muscle strength, physical conditioning, addressing dietary changes to improve body conditioning and health. Our activities are designed to engage your dog’s brain in addition to his body.  Fun activities that  serve two purposes are important, building muscles while engaging a dog’s mind can really make a difference in their will to get better. Professionals know how to address both mind and body and keep the therapy sessions to a length that helps the animal without over-stressing or boring them.  Quality of work and setting the proper amount of sessions is also important, K9-rehab will liaze with your Veterinarian to develop session protocols and discuss therapy exercises which best address your dog’s needs and progress.

Canine Recovery Therapies

We will select from a variety of therapeutic exercises to help your pet regain strength, endurance and balance. A qualified therapist will evaluate your dog using gait analysis, range of motion tests, and body measurements  to  assess your dog’s current physical condition and based upon that develop a plan of action to strengthen weakened limbs and mark progress. The Treament Plan may include some or all of the following therapies:

  • Canine swim therapy allows the dog to work muscles in a non-weight bearing environment  while the hydrostatic pressure of the water helps to reduce swelling  most importantly the water encourages muscle use and a greater range of motion.
  • Strength and balance exercises – using therapy equipment such as wobble boards, cavaletti poles and therapy balls may be used to help engage muscles the dog does not necessarily want to use after surgery.  Dogs often need proper encouragement to start using a previously compromised limb.
  • Rehabilitation massage therapy –  helps engage underutilized muscles, gets blood flowing to the area of the injury and reduces swelling through lymphatic draining.

K9-rehab will help your pet regain their strength, mobility and well being.

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Ms. A. McDonald Dip CH, SARMT

  • Diploma in Canine Hydrotherapy from Greyfriars UK  www.greyfriarsrehab.co.uk
  • First Aid for Small Animals from Greyfriars UK.
  • Certificate in Small Animal Foundation Massage Therapy (level 1) from North West School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com
  • Certificate in Small Animal Rehabilitation Massage Therapy (level 3) from North West School of Animal Massage www.nwsam.com
  • Walked Paws Dog Walking 101 – Business and Equipment Module And Sabrina’s link is www.shakeapaw.dog
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