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From Head to Tail: Treatment of Common Canine Conditions

Clinician: Deborah M. Gross



Participant must be a veterinarian, veterinary technician, physical therapist, physical therapist assistant, occupational therapist or an actively enrolled student in one of these fields.

This course will provide the participant with a variety of rehabilitation strategies for the treatment of dogs.  Topics will include range of motion, massage, joint mobilization, practical therapeutic exercise without machines and emerging modalities.

Contact Hours:  12.0 

Includes 5 modules:
  1. Approaches to our Canine Patient
  2. Hindlimb Injuries
  3. Treatment of Neurological Injuries
  4. Those Athletic Dogs!
  5. Handling the Difficult Owner and Client


Module 1:  Approaches to our Canine Patient (4.0 hours)

  1. Intorduction
  2. Thinking Outside the Box
  3. We Need to Look at the Dog
  4. Evaluation Steps
  5. Structure - The Back
  6. Structure - The Hind-limbs
  7. Structure - The Fore-limbs and Neck
  8. Gait
  9. Evaluation Tools
  10. Manual Therapy
  11. Joint Movement
  12. Pain and Stiffness
  13. Joint Mobilizations
  14. Grading Mobilizations
  15. Demonstration

Module 2:  Hind-limb Injuries (2.0 hours)
  1. Overview of Hind-limb Injuries
  2. Functional Evaluation
  3. Hip Dysplasia Part 1
  4. Hip Dysplasia Part 2
  5. Cruciate Case Load
  6. Rehab for Cruciate Injury
  7. Progression of the Cruciate Patient
  8. MCL, Patella Luxations, and Hock

Module 3:  Treatment of Neurological Injuries (2.25 hours)
  1. Overview
  2. Evaluation Part 1
  3. Evaluation Part 2
  4. Treatments
  5. Cervical Pain and Issues Part 1
  6. Cervical Pain and Issues Part 2
  7. Thoracic and Lumbar Disc Disease
  8. Additional Neurological Injuries
Module 4:  Those Athletic Dogs! (2.0 hours)
  1. Athletic Movement
  2. Sesamoid Problems
  3. Shoulder Problems - Biceps Tendonitis
  4. Shoulder Problems - Medial Shoulder Luxation
  5. Shoulder Problems - Teres Major Strains & Supraspinatus Tendinopathy
  6. Carpal Injuries
  7. Iliopsoas Strain
Module 5:  Handling the Difficult Owner and Client (.75 hours)
  1. Common Sense Approaches
  2. Difficult Cases

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participant will identify through palpation significant bony and muscular landmarks of the canine
  • Participant will perform a basic evaluation inclusive of range of motion, joint play, soft tissue restrictions and strength
  • Participant will be introduced to the principles of different types of massage and be able to safely and effectively apply them to the dog
  • Participant will be introduced to the principles of joint mobilization and be able to safely ad effectively apply them to some of the joints of the dog
  • Participant will be able to perform therapeutic exercises to the dog with minimal equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Participant will recognize the basic principles of laser therapy and be able to safely apply it to a case load
  • Participant will recognize the basic principles of shock-wave therapy and any other new, emerging modalities

Course Details$499.00