Following an initial consultation with Dr. Ilana, it may be determined that a program of customized therapeutic exercise is recommended for your pet as part of his/her overall treatment plan. Below we describe the many components of the multi-disciplinary Physical Rehabilitation offered by the services offered by A Well Adjusted Pet in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Therapeutic exercise is a foundational component of canine therapy. Dr. Ilana will develop an individualized therapeutic exercise program for every dog she treats. Additionally she will monitor each patient's progress and modify each exercise session to advance at the speed and comfort level of each pet.
We establish a step-by-step progression of exercises for your dog designed to: Increase muscle flexibility >> Increase joint mobility >> Increase balance and coordination >> Increase overall endurance >> Normalize walking.
In therapy we have fun and challenging exercise equipment for your dog including discs, balance boards, peanuts and much more to reach the desired goals of each pet.
Therapeutic exercise is a critical component of the rehabilitation process for dogs who have had back surgeries and hind leg weakness. Following knee, elbow and hip surgeries, exercise routines assist to improve mobility and strength of those involved joints.
Advanced exercises help our sports and performance dogs build strength and endurance to take them to the next level of competition. Practicing specific exercises also benefit dogs who are overweight or dogs who suffer from joint pain due to osteoarthritis, trauma or age related deficits.
Additionally, we specialize in instructing each owner with a home exercise program that they can follow through with at home to compliment the sessions at A Well Adjusted Pet.
Dr. Ilana also regularly teaches Senior Pup Pilates Class at SF/SPCA.
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Dr. Ilana was interviewed about Pilates for dogs. Read more here about therapeutic exercise for a variety of conditions!
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