Dr. Marie's Healthy Dogs
Canine rehab elevated stand
Basic to intermediate exercise - Elevated stand Start with a small step and teach the dog to stand for up to 60 seconds. From there you can start elevating the height to work on pelvic limb stability and spine extension stretch and hip stretch. IF this is uncomfortable for them, please see your veterinarian and do not do this exercise.
Canine transitions exam for strength and comfort
This helps you to evaluate how your dog is using their body. 1. Stand to sit 2. Sit to lay 3. Reach forward to extend the spine 4. Lay to sit 5. Sit to stand Look for symmetry and strength. They should be able to do all of these comfortably, if they are still hesitant after a few attempts, come see me to make sure there is not something uncomfortable about this for them.
Canine strength test and 3 - legged stand
We want a dog to be able to engage the core muscles to balance and to be able to use each leg with maximum stability. This is a test that can also be used as an exercise. Carefully lift each leg and work up to 15 sec hold to build balance. Work up to 3x in a row per foot, and do this 3 days per week for two weeks before moving to the diagonal leg stand. Add tummy tickles first, if this is too hard in the beginning. //See this video for tummy tickles: https://youtu.be/kI00lEqoU28
Canine abdominal exercise tummy tickles
This is the first exercise I teach my dog owners to do to strengthen the abdominal muscles. It is a great prep for balance exercise and will help dogs to prep for sit to stand as well. I recommend repeating 5x -10x until you feel the dog tense the abdomen and then tell them they are "good," and that they did it right. Do this daily for a week and see what a difference you can make.
Shockwave Therapy for Knee Pain - Shiloh's Story
Knee surgery - a major event for all involved, both humans and dogs alike. When the tissues surrounding the knee are not restored to full flexibility, dogs, again, like humans still have pain associated with the knee. This little guy will show you how helpful this technology is for knee pain. It is also helpful for when we are trying to avoid surgery for patellar luxation or an ACL injury. Pubmed articles to support treating tendonitis and arthritis of the knee in dogs: - Increased weight bearing and joint range of motion in dogs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16594445/ - Faster return to weight bearing comfort after TPLO surgery in dogs: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31469432/ - Improvement in pain scores for human arthritis patients: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5108713/ // Watch next: Shockwave for muscle spasm, hip and back pain https://youtu.be/egPObFdd3eo * For a personal pain management consult for your dog, come see me in Castle Pines, Colorado: www.animalcarectr.com * Find a canine rehabilitation professional: https://rehabvets.org/directory.lasso