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As our pups get older, much like us, they begin to
experience the aches and pains of old age. It’s after a game of fetch that you
notice it: your dog is limping. You check her paws for spurs or puncture
wounds, wanting to be sure she didn’t step on something that became embedded in
her fur. When you get home, she walks to her bed, does the circle dance and
goes right to sleep.
After the nap she still seems to be having a hard time
putting weight on her back leg. You make an appointment with your vet and check
your pup again for signs of bites or sticker weeds.
The vet determines that the muscles in her hind legs have
begun to atrophy. Being an older dog, your little love’s muscle mass has
decreased, leaving her less flexible and more prone to injury.
To keep her fit and pain-free, the vet suggests your
gray-muzzled pup start a regular exercise regimen and begin physical therapy. Physical
therapy for a dog? Does it really help?
The Benefits of
Canine Physical Therapy
Canine physical therapy, or veterinary
as it’s called in the veterinary world, uses the same
techniques found in human physical therapy. After getting a referral from the
pup’s veterinarian, the veterinary specialist tailors a rehabilitation program
to the dog’s needs. The ultimate goal of the program (like it is with humans)
is to improve the quality of life of the dog. By creating programs that address
surgery, injury, obesity and diseases in dogs, canine physical therapists have
developed exercises that make better and extend our furry companions lives.
In 2007, the American Association of Rehabilitation was
founded to “educate veterinary surgeons, veterinarians and the public about the
role [a veterinary] specialist can play in [canine] health.” Some of the techniques
canine physical therapists use include:
form of water therapy, this technique is used to alieve arthritic pain and
build strength after a surgery. Hydrotherapy demands complete water immersion
(your pupper is going to be swimming!) so they’ll need a
that won’t restrict their movement or get ruined by all the
technique is used to treat diseased tissue that causes pain and discomfort to
the dog. By applying intense cold to the affected area, the diseased tissue
will die and make your pup pain-free.
“the application of heat to the body for therapeutical purposes.” Thermotherapy
is used to treat inflammation.
The purpose of canine physical therapy is to build muscle
and coordination and lessen joint and arthritic pain. If your dog was active
and high-energy when they were younger but have slowed down with age and suffer
all sorts of aches and pains after playtime, veterinary rehab will help them get
back in tip-top shape. Not only will it get your pup back to feeling good,
they’ll have a fun time doing it too,
just look at Merlin the
Collie Mix, he definitely has a smile on his face!
To make sure your dog has the tools they need to succeed in
their physical therapy work,
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