Canine neurological rehabilitation is a specialist exercise that takes time. Before even treating the dog it must first be diagnosed by your vet. Once the diagnosis has been made and any surgeries are completed the challenge is to heal the dog. Surgery will remove the problem, but in many cases the hard part is to return the dog to it’s happy and active lifestyle. This is where rehabilitation comes in. It can be a long process, but canine neurological rehabilitation is rewarding.
Each dog requires a rehabilitation protocol designed specifically for their individual needs. Many dogs will drag their feet scuffing their nails as they go. Physiotherapy can help to build muscle in these dogs. Canine neurological rehabilitation can dramatically improve the condition of the dog. What’s more, as part of the process they are retrained how to pick up their feet higher to avoid more injury. The active participation of their owner also helps to encourage the pet and strengthen bonds.
What does canine neurological rehabilitation involve?
Initial therapy may include standing exercises as well as range of motion exercises. These are complimented with pain control and toe pinch exercise. An important part of the retraining is aquatic rehabilitation. Often with more severe cases one of our trained neurological hydrotherapists will assist the dog whist in our underwater dog treadmill.
Other exercises include carrying or pulling weights, climbing, resistance band walking, physio-roll balancing and home specific exercises. In the hydro pool the dogs will walk and train with resistance against the water, whether walking or swimming. We also use therapeutic ultrasound to deep-heat muscle and laser therapy to heal it. These are all really useful in making adjustments to the dog.
If your dog is in need of canine neurological rehabilitation after an operation or as part of it’s treatment, you should contact us. We use specialist techniques and have vast breed specific knowledge we can use to make sure we help you and your dog.