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Dog Fitness

Motive K9 in Salinas, California has a state of the art physical therapy treatment center for Dogs. 

Big Wags is showcasing this special clinic to inspire others to help their dogs find the best treatment for special dog diet, fitness, and rehabilitation needs.

At Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy their goal is to use non-invasive, rehabilitative therapy on your pet to ease pain, promote natural healing, restore normal function and improve their quality of life.

Veterinary medicine is placing more emphasis on non-invasive medical solutions. Physical therapy for dogs is a great option for  post surgical rehabilitation, weight management, osteo-arthritis management and overall conditioning. Particular emphasis on healing Injury, trauma or overuse with non-invasive physical therapy is a great solution for many dogs to regain their former vitality.

Canine fitness therapy (rehabilitation), is therapeutic exercises designed to return the canine companion to a more optimal body condition restoring the pets overall health and happiness. Exercise is very important to the health and well being of a physically fit dog. Therapeutic exercises such as aquatherapy (pool and underwater treadmill), Land treadmill, Class IV Therapy Laser, Neuromuscular re-education and custom exercise programs are amongst the most valuable modalities used in the rehabilitation process. Veterinary medicine is placing more emphasis on reconditioning our cherished canine companions in the areas of post surgical rehabilitation, weight management, osteoarthritis management and overall conditioning. Without adequate use, muscles weaken and atrophy. Obesity can set in. This can become a degenerative pattern inhibiting muscles from performing as they once could. Through the use of rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities can be utilized to maximize a healthier outcome.

A Brief Background on Motiv K9 Fitness Therapy and Rebecca Lewis

Rebecca (Becky) Lewis has been working in the field of Veterinary Medicine for over thirty years. During that time she has worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in a general practice setting, as well as performing as a surgical nurse in a specialty referral practice in Capitola. She then went on to work with a Mobile Veterinary Surgeon, furthering her skills as a surgical nurse monitoring anesthesia and assisting with orthopedic procedures. She has always had a keen interest in the area of Rehabilitation and Osteo-Arthritis. It was during this time that she learned about a brand new post-graduate program for the Certification in Canine Rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, forerunners in canine rehabilitation. This was post-graduate work offered only to licensed veterinarians, licensed veterinary technicians and licensed human physical therapists. Her elective in school was an advance training course in canine osteo-arthritis. In June of 2003, Becky earned the certificate of attainment as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). This was an exciting time as she was in the very first graduating class from the University of Tennessee to be certified in Canine Rehabilitation in the Untied States. She now had achieved a monumental accomplishment both personally and professionally.

In addition to her veterinary nursing skills, Becky has extensive behavior modification training in canines. This training was acquired through continuing education courses over the last thirty years. Some of which have been taken through the UC Davis Veterinary School of Medicine. She has been successfully teaching behavior modification to puppies and their owners over the last twelve years through her Puppies on Command training class at the Harden Ranch Veterinary Hospital.

In September 2002, Becky started her own part-time business administering rehabilitation services to canine clients. Her surgical assisting skills primarily in orthopedic procedures for canines as well as her advanced training in osteo arthritis and her use of behavior modification, has lent itself well to her successful Rehabilitation practice.
Motiv K9 (which began as Canine Conditioning Center) started out with just a couple of dogs in 2002. This past year Motive K9 had provided thousands of therapeutic services to hundreds of dogs.

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