All Hands on Pet! by Susan E. Davis, PT

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All Hands on Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets by Susan E. Davis, PT

All Hands on Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets by Susan E. Davis, PT Book ReviewStars: ***

Joycare Media (2017)
Pets – Exercise

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Summary:  All Hands on Pet! Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets offers safe and effective actions pet owners can apply through the animal’s entire life spectrum. Information provided applies to multiple species: canine, feline, avian, exotics and farm animals (non-equine).

Includes 38 photos with directional arrows, plus informative explanations in an approachable style

Fills the gap where the demand for physical therapy services for pets outweighs the availability of qualified providers

Cross-references to Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Animals: A Guide for the Consumer

Prudent tips, techniques, and advice typical of that given to author’s own clients

Real stories of courage from the author’s actual patient caseload

All Hands on Pet!

If you have a pet with a physical ailment that could use physical therapy but getting it done professionally is out of your price range, this book is for you. Now the author is clear that you shouldn’t be doing these exercises with your pet just because you decide he or she needs it but if your pet is seeing a veterinarian and physical therapy is suggested, you might be able to do some of it at home. It’s also useful if they are seeing a physical therapist but you want to supplement their care at home. Also be sure to read the whole book before starting a regimen, especially pg 16 which is When Physical Therapy Should Not Be Used.

Thorough Information and Explanation But…

The author clearly knows her stuff and she takes the time to really explain they whys and how it helps and how to do it. However I found it still hard to imagine the movement which is why photos are included. Unfortunately the photos are dark. I wish the photos were of better quality. Also a website or that goes hand in hand with the book that includes videos would make it even better as even some of the photos still had me confused sometimes.


The book also contained good information on how to do regular exercises with your puppy to teach it to be comfortable with touch and movement so that if it needs vet care or therapy in the future it wouldn’t be scared or try to nip. I thought this section was very good for puppy owners to read.

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