These are simple exercises designed for each animal dependent upon the type of injury and the state of healing that focus on various components such as
- regaining normal posture
- weight shifting to encourage loading of a particular limb
- balance and proprioception ( body awareness )
- improving joint range of motion
- improving muscle strength
Although in the clinic we use equipment such as yoga blocks, physio balls / peanut rolls, balance cushions, rocker & wobble boards, cavaletti poles, we also think outside the box and try to make use of household items and natural obstacles in the environment to achieve our end goals.
The success of any programme is team work between ourselves, the animal and the owner, thus it is important from the outset to take into consideration any time, physical or environmental constraints placed on the owner as well as the motivation of the cat / dog.