Canine Conditioning and Rehab Workshop to be Held at Cold Nose Companions

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Cold Nose Companions Dog Training is bringing Kathy Topham, DVM, CCRT, VSMT, CMAV to speak to dog owners on the subject of canine conditioning and rehabilitation from injury. Whether a dog is a canine sports athlete, a committed backyard ball-chaser, or an aging couch potato, he or she might experience an orthopedic injury or discomfort.

Dr. Topham will speak on how to help dogs avoid injury, or recover from one, for long-term health and vitality. Owners can learn the basics of canine conditioning and fitness to prevent problems, as well as what to do if their dog experiences pain or injury. Specifically, her workshop will address:

  • Conditioning and fitness for long-term health and vitality – whether for sports competition or backyard fun
  • Common canine injuries and how to prevent them
  • How to identify early warning signs of pain and injury, and what to do when you recognize those signs
  • What rehabilitation therapy is and how it can help your dog

Dr. Topham is a veterinarian who specializes in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation. She assists dogs and their humans with conditioning to participate safely in canine sports, as well as rehabilitation therapy when injuries and other orthopedic conditions arise at her clinic, Pawsitive Results Animal Rehabilitation Center. She received her veterinary degree at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Her special interest in canine sports medicine was sparked with volunteering as a trail veterinarian for sled dog races in the lower 48 states, and further developed alongside her passion for dog agility. Through these experiences, Dr. Topham saw a great need to further her education in canine sports medicine, so her first certification in Canine Rehabilitation at The Animal Rehabilitation Institute came in 2004, quickly followed by her certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy by the Healing Oasis in 2005, and most recently her certification in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians by Colorado State University in 2009.

She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. In her spare time, Dr. Topham can be found competing in agility with her dogs, and riding her horse.

This workshop is suitable for pet owners, as well as professionals. The workshop will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1st. Cost is $60. For more information or to register, call 855.286.DOGS (3647) or visit the Special Events page of Cold Nose Companions.

Cold Nose Companions Dog Training offers rewards-based training methods through group classes and private in-home training. All instructors are highly qualified and consistent in training methods. For more information, go to Cold Nose Companions.

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