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Rehabilitation procedures typically practiced on dogs include underwater or land-based treadmill exercise, passive range of motion and stretching movements, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, proprioceptive training techniques, massage or other manual therapy maneuvers, swimming and more, depending on the inclinations and training of available therapists.

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Considerations for Canine Rehab Protocols

The young and burgeoning field of canine rehabilitation is changing the way dogs recover from injury and surgery, with rehabilitation centers springing up across the country. The outmoded approaches of yesteryear, wherein animals were kept inactive through cage confinement or unmitigated pain, are disappearing in favor of more enlightened approaches adopted in human rehabilitation decades ago.

Veterinarians now look for more than just a good surgical outcome, seeking earlier return of neuromuscular control and function through active engagement of both the patient and client.

Rehabilitation procedures typically practiced on dogs include underwater or land-based treadmill exercise, passive range of motion and stretching movements, electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, proprioceptive training techniques, massage or other manual therapy maneuvers, swimming and more, depending on the inclinations and training of available therapists.

What Studies Show
Although evidence is emerging in both human and veterinary physical therapy, human physical therapists and canine rehabilitators alike readily acknowledge the dearth of high-quality, randomized, controlled and sufficiently powered trials, individually evaluating each component of a multifaceted rehab protocol. Such studies would lend insight into the relative value of each modality and provide answers to persistent questions concerning rehabilitation.

For example, some studies indicate that structured physiothe...

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