Principles and Applications of Therapeutic Exercises for Small Animals

Marti G. Drum, Denis J Marcellin-Little, Michael S. Davis

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Therapeutic exercises are the cornerstone of the rehabilitation programs of companion animals. Therapeutic exercises are used to improve active joint range of motion, to improve weight bearing and limb use, to build strength and muscle mass, and to increase conditioning (eg, endurance, speed). Each case is unique as chronicity, type of injury, patient signalment and temperament, owner compliance, and level of required functional recovery vary widely. Therapeutic exercises are also essential for partial return to work or performance and to learn to perform activities of daily living after injury or surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-90
Number of pages18
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Proprioception
  • Strengthening
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Underwater treadmill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals
  • Medicine(all)


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