Today's Daily Dose: Physical rehabilitation

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Jan 14, 2011
By dvm360.com staff
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“Dogs recovering from an extended period of recumbency have very low endurance. This is because the first fibers lost when a muscle is immobilized are the slow-twitch fibers, most common in muscles of posture or gravity-resistance. Early endurance work for these patients may involve little more than assisted standing, with a focus on postural muscles rather than on the cardiovascular system.”

—Janet Van Dyke, DVM

From Therapeutic exercise in veterinary rehabilitation