Therapeutic exercise

A tailored therapeutic exercise programme is designed by Paws in Motion’s veterinary therapist to be muscle specific and comprehensive to ensure it meets your individual pet’s needs.  It is a vital element of rehabilitation.

Exercises are designed specifically for each patient. Important factors to be considered include the type of tissues involved, surgical procedure, age and species of the pet, stage of tissue repair and the functional ability of the pet.  Some general types of exercises we include are:

  • Passive range of motion (PROM) improves cartilage nutrient availability, cartilage production and increases joint range
  • Stretching allows functional movement by improving muscle and tendon flexibility
  • Proprioceptive exercises help the animal to gather information about their feet placement
  • Balance exercises build core strength to support mobility
  • Strengthening exercises are used to strengthen specific muscle groups
  • Endurance training improves total body fitness.

Various pieces of equipment such as Fitpaws peanuts, Fitpaws balance dog bone, yoga blocks and mats may be used at different stages of the therapeutic exercise programme.  If needed, many are available to our clients for purchase or hire.

Many of the exercises are designed to be continued at home to encourage you to be actively involved in your pet’s rehabilitation and help him/ her to recover faster.

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FitPAWS® Dog Agility Set

Get Fit. Play Fit. Stay Fit. Looking for an activity that encompasses many aspects of physical and mental fitness for you and your dog? The FitPAWS® Dog Agility Set is a great introduction for your dog to agility training. It is also a fantastic rehabilitation tool for dogs getting back into the business of using their limbs better by encouraging joint range of motion.

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Manual therapy

Manual therapy

Manual therapy involves a variety of soft tissue techniques such as massage, joint mobilisations and stretching used for both evaluating and treating patients. 

Home advice and exercise programmes

Home advice and exercise programmes

A home advice and exercise programme is an essential part of your pet’s recovery to help him/ her successfully meet their goals sooner.