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Physical Therapy and Massage for the Dog

1st Edition

By Julia Robertson, Andy Mead

CRC Press

192 pages | 210 Color Illus.

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Interest in canine massage and physical therapy has grown as greater emphasis is placed on the general fitness and agility of dogs, as pets and as sporting animals.

In this book the authors are concerned with the prevention, management and treatment of movement and allied disorders. It encompasses detailed assessments, treatment programmes that involve hands-on therapy along with dynamic remedial and strengthening techniques using exercise plans.

Following succinct discussion of the relevant canine anatomy and physiology, the authors provide chapters on each of the key topics: movement and muscles; exercise; preparation for sports performance; rehabilitation techniques; massage and physical therapy; and common relevant pathologies affecting dogs.

Physical Therapy and Massage for he Dog is of interest to all those involved in canine welfare including veterinary practitioners, veterinary students, therapists, dog owners and dog trainers.


"The seven chapters are supported with nicely presented coloured photographs, images and diagrams .. . This is certainly a book that anyone interested in an introduction to physical therapy and massage for the dog will enjoy."

Veterinary Record

Table of Contents

Introduction to Physical Therapy and Massage, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead


A brief History of Massage

Current practice

Anatomy and Physiology, Julia Robertson and Andy Mead


Skeletal System

Muscular System


Nervous System

Other Systems

Comparative Human and Canine Anatomy

How a Dog Moves, Julia Robertson


Muscle placement and action

Initiation of movement

Development of the puppy

Exercise and Activity Preparation, Julia Robertson and Meg Robertson

Exercise and Conditioning

Performance Areas and Their Stresses

Warming Up and Warming Down

Warm-Up and Warm-Down for the Handler

Rehabilitation Techniques, Julia Robertson



Passive movement


Massage in Physical Therapy, Julia Robertson

Introduction to Massage

Massage Methodology

Massage Application

Massage Techniques

Assessment of the Dog


Contraindications for Canine Massage

Common Diseases and Pathologies, Andy Mead and Julia Robertson

Investigation of Canine Lameness

Common Joint Diseases Causing Lameness

Disorders of Muscles and Tendons


Spinal Disease

Peripheral Neurological Disease

Glossary of Terms

Further Reading

Appendix - The Muscles of the Dog – Their Placement and Actions


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Veterinary Medicine / Food Animal