Arthritis and Aging: Improve Mobility and Find Comfort
- Osteoarthritis Many of you experience the aches and pain of osteoarthritis on a daily basis. The same is true for your pet. Sadly many pets suffer daily unknowingly or need numerous medications just to take a walk around the block. Early pain can be as little as a vacant stare or a slightly decreased appetite before they eventually start to get up or down more slowly or avoid stairs and activity. Decreasing activity in an arthritic dog starts a vicious cycle of muscle wasting that further exacerbates the problem, so we encourage you to start physical therapy early, if you have a breed or age of dog that is predisposed to arthritis, or your veterinarian has mentioned arthritis after a physical examination. Recent scientific studies have found that in some large breed dogs, over 75% were euthanized due tomobility problems and NOT medical illness. We find it very rewarding to work with arthritic pets in order to find comfort and mobility for them that truly adds years to their lives and joy to their faces.
- Hip Dysplasia We suspect many of you have heard of this disease. Hip dysplasia is a congenital condition in which the hip joint does not develop properly and can result in osteoarthritis at an early age and thus a painful joint space. Young dogs diagnosed with hip dysplasia often are placed on medications early in their lives. These medications can be expensive but also have an impact on their overall health. Starting rehab exercises and therapy will help your pet maintain a healthy lifestyle and not only reduce the need for medications early on but can reduce the need for hip replacement surgery later in life.
- General Weakness As pets age, they frequently suffer from a myriad of disease processes that can hinder their lifestyle. These diseases often result in muscle wasting and general weakness that begins a downward spiral. Our goal is to strengthen those muscles and help your pet live his or her best life.
- Degenerative Myelopathy This is a complex neurological disease that ultimately can result in paralysis. This condition is typically seen in large breed dogs such as German Shepherds and can mimic other neurological disease so proper diagnosis is important. Early intervention with rehabilitation therapy can help keep your pet comfortable and walking longer than with traditional therapies
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