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If your dog (or cat) has suffered a recent trauma or injury, or is in distress due to other circumstances and the recovery is expected to be long, talk to your veterinarian about qualified therapists who are working in your area and ask if she or he can recommend one that is familiar with your dog’s condition. You can also talk to local trainers and dog competition groups -- people who would be disposed toward natural healing methods like massage and water therapy.
Animal therapy specialists are opening facilities all over the country, and more veterinary school hospitals are offering these services as well. Finding the right physical therapist is the first step to recovery for your dog, but if you want to see optimal results, it will help if you are directly involved in your dog’s therapy, learning some of the techniques that you can apply at home as well.
You may find that your dog’s health and attitude is improved so much that you continue some of the techniques for the life of your dog -- you may even start pampering yourself a little more as a result.
To find out more about Canine Rehabilitation Centers throughout the U.S., you can visit the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program website, which has a list of CCRP/CERP practitioners. (Physical therapists for other animals is listed here as well.)
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