Publisher's Note:  

Susan E. Davis has been dubbed "Doctor Dolittle of the PT World," by Northwestern Medicine Magazine, a publication of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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! is a must-read for pet owners everywhere!

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cadence Group

All Hands on Pet!: Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets

by Susan E. Davis

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Overall Review:  

As a physical therapist with nearly four decades of experience, Susan E. Davis transferred her skills from human to animal care when she realized the need for pet rehabilitation.  

Organized and educational, her newest book, All Hands on Pet: Your How-to Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets, advises pet owners on the tools available to help fortify their animal’s health and well-being.


In first-person narrative, the author begins the book by referencing different studies to validate the practice of physical therapy on animals; she then goes on to explain the various injuries a pet may incur during their different stages of life. From puppy-hood to the twilight years, many variables can cause a pet injury, and there are even more methods available to help the pet recuperate.


Because the majority of the guide is educational, it reads more like a condensed version of a textbook that is trying to get in as much information as possible--in the least number of pages. Although this book is targeted at the primary everyday pet owner who wants to find practices they can do to assist their injured pet, it seems better suited to an animal practitioner who is seeking to stay up-to-date on different methods of pet PT.  Less of a hands-on training tool to help pet owners and more of an inventory of injuries and available professional treatments, this book took a shift from its title.  

The real highlight of the book can be found at the end. The conclusion includes pet owners' personal stories of healing and the improved lives their pets were able to receive when treated personally by the author. I love a happy ending, especially when it involves animals!

If you are seeking more knowledge on the various physical therapy treatments available for your pet, then All Hands on Pet: Your How-To Guide on Home Physical Therapy Methods for Pets (in conjunction with a  trusted veterinarian),  may be a useful resource for you.  

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Profanity/Language:  None.


Violence/Gore:  Report of aviary animals' self-mutilation; few mentions of euthanasia; extended scene (about 4 pages) discussion on wound care (mention of blood); few remarks of minor pet injuries; 2 reports of pets getting hit by a car and being injured; comment on dog who suffered traumatic injury and needed amputation.


Sex/Nudity:  None.

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Pet injuries. 

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

Medical and prescription drugs mentioned.

Reviewed By MaryLou
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