Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation edited by M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD,

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    Julie van Schie

    While recuperating from a recent operation, some friends gave me vouchers for Amazon. I indulged and bought Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation edited by M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, Dipl, ACVP and Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM. Zink and Van Dyke have collected the expertise of various specialists and complied them into a very detailed and informative volume on all aspects of rehabilitation. The book is aimed at veterinary health care specialists and as such has information that I simply do not have the knowledge to fully comprehend, but there are sufficient nuggets to make it a worthwhile purchase.

    Some of the valuable information includes: details of the different dog sports as well as the common injuries that arise from them, canine structure, movement, proprioception and therapeutic exercises. There are also chapters on nutrition, pain management as well as rehabilitation of the geriatric patient. I’m not a vet so wouldn’t attempt many of the manipulations and exercises that are detailed, but the book provides an insight into what can be done for various issues as well as how they may be prevented.

    Overall a highly informative, useful and extensive book

    Jen Neilson

    This is useful, thanks Julie.

    Do you have a particular interest in rehab, or just wanted to learn more?


    Julie van Schie

    Just an interest in movement and to see what I can do to help my dogs as they age. How about you Jen?

    Iris Maxfield

    Love Christine Zink’s work Julie.
    “Peak Performance” An older book but still well a worth adding to the book shelf.

    Julie van Schie

    Thanks Iris, I’ll check it out. How about adding a bit of a review of Peak Performance in its own thread? I’d like to know a bit more about it.

    Kay Laurence

    I’m afraid I passed along the Sport Medicine. It was a tad expensive and although the technical aspect of the pathology may be spot on, I though the suggestions in the exercise quite harsh in application, and not particularly innovative.

    I have found a lot more ideas in the horse world for using movement to improvement structure and balance. I think Alex Kurland called is “riding to wellness”.

    Iris Maxfield

    Hi Julie. This is not a review as such, Peak Performance Coaching the Canine Athlete is a more basic but informative
    look at structure, locomotion, performance related injuries, basic pharmacology, some X ray images of bone disease and sport related injury.

    I would imaginal Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation to be for in depth study.
    The paperback that I have is copyright 1997.

    I remember it being the “in” book at the time among agility friends.
    Its full of easily to digest information and advice for sports dog owner/handlers.
    As a bonus it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

    As with most books written over 20 years ago there will be things the author would no doubt like to update

    Now isn’t that another subject?.

    How hard it must be for any one that has educated with books, blogs, tapes and video’s 25 years or more ago, having progressed and move forward with science, knowing that somewhere out there in the world of YouTube, second hand book stalls or eBay, their work from the past is still circulating.

    I thought about this only a week ago when a very old clip surfaced on YouTube, a very well respected trainer demonstrating how to deal with a dog reactive dog, I hope the clip gets removed, the trainer from then, is a different trainer now, but would no doubt still be judged by this.

    Julie van Schie

    That is good to know Kay! The book is definitely aimed at a medical clientele, it is hard for me to assess the effectiveness of the exercises with my relatively untrained eye. I would certainly trust Alexandra’s knowledge and her emphasis on the well-being of the animal as first priority.

    (By the way this is not the reply I received via email, so the tick box at the end of the thread is not working). I’ll have now checked subscribe)

    Julie van Schie

    That is a very interesting point Iris! I do believe that we are always striving to improve our knowledge and understanding and this does mean that things will be out of date. One of the challenges is to be able to sift through what to keep and what to omit. Keeps us all honest too 🙂

    Thanks for your comments about Peak Performance, it does sound interesting but perhaps not worth buying?

    Iris Maxfield

    I did rather muddy the waters there.
    I think its a very useful book to have, any one studying to become a canine health professional may want to invest in a more detailed study.

    Another of her books that was always in my training bag in the days of teaching agility classes, Jumping A to Z coaching the canine athlete, to have clear visual examples of different trajectory.
    Examples of Ectomorphic, endomorphic and mesomophic breeds convincing the first time agility newbie keen to have the next competition dog, that there are breeds that may be disadvantaged.

    1995 Still lots of good information relevant today, includes the differences in canine/equine trajectory.
    Another oldie but goodie.

    Julie van Schie

    That is great to know Iris! It is an area of interest that I would like to develop further. In the future I will take Kay’s movement course too.

    How about starting a separate topic and posting this information in its own review? That way anyone interested can have a look and find it quickly. Building a series of reviews with discussion will be a valuable resource for us.


    (By the way are you getting email replies to this forum? I am not getting any despite subscribing)

    Iris Maxfield

    No emails either Julie.

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