Summer Loving

Frank enjoying some beach time.

Jennie Houghteling, LVT

The weather is warm and that means summer is upon us!  We may not always get a long summer here in Michigan, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the most of it with our furry friends.  Here is a list of some things to check off your summer bucket list with your canine companion. 

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Returning to Sport after an Injury

by Cathryn Adolph, LVT, CCRP, CCFT

Bella demonstrates great hip extension and core strength needed to perform well at dock diving.

Last month, we took a deep dive into the when and why we choose to graduate a patient from rehabilitation.  We briefly touched on the fact that canine athletes and working dogs require specialized conditioning before returning to their sport/s after rehabilitation.  Just like our pet dog examples from last month, rehabilitation begins with pain control, strengthening in a controlled manner, and finally increasing the stress on the limb.  With our pet dogs reaching this stage, it means graduation, but with our athletes, the real work begins!

*Please note that even with using the phrases “sport” and “return to sport”, these can be replaced with “job” and “return to work” for working dogs such as Police K9s, service dogs, etc.

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