Rehabilitation

If your dog has been treated then you will be given immediate specific rehabilitation advice. Specific exercises and or stretching exercises may be appropriate.

Swimming can provide an excellent form of rehbilitation exercise and is great for strengthening the overall muscular tone. This can be done in the controlled environment of a canine pool or in rivers, lakes or in the sea if you are happy that it is safe. (One client even uses the bath to swim her dachshund!)

Proprioception, core stability and strength training are becoming more popular now and can really help your dogs posture and performance. Simple exercises such as repeating sit stand sit a few times will help to build strength in the quarters as will training your dog to walk backwards.

Massage can play a useful part in a rehab programme. If you are interested in a day workshop in canine massage please contact us by clicking here. I can also recommend the courses on offer from http://www.horsesanddogs.co.uk/ or check out www.springstomindonline.com for online courses

Prevention

Regular check ups and treatment can prevent minor injuries developing further and pain and stiffness developing.

Massage your dog. As well as using massage for rehabilitation it can also be used to prevent injuries occurring in the first place. There are several courses now available where you can learn to massage your dog. As well as the therapeutic benefits this can also be as enjoyable for the owner and a way of spending 'quality time' with your dog.

If training your dog in any sport then try to repeat everything from both sides so the dog does not create repetative strain to one side. This can also apply to dogs that pull on the lead, try leading them from both sides.