From human physical therapy it is known that targeted exercise programs are important for both orthopedic and neurologic recovery. Veterinary patients can also benefit from the same applied principles.
In addition, healthy working and non-working dogs can benefit from a regular exercise program. A daily routine can be particularly important for senior dogs to help prevent progressive loss of independence.
Therapeutic exercise programs focus on muscle strengthening, balance, range of motion, endurance and aerobic conditioning, coordination, and gait training.
Common therapeutic exercise equipment includes cavaletti poles, physioballs, balance discs, weights, stairs, wobble boards and rocker boards, and much more.