You must be wondering if your dog will benefit from physical therapy? Like humans, your pet dogs can also get relief, if provided proper health care and physical therapy.
Those of us who have undergone physical therapy know how beneficial it is for your dog. Exercises regime to rehabilitate can reduce pain, make the muscles strong, speed up the recovery process and help the body get into shape after a traumatic experience.
Pet Therapy is prescribed for canines that help ease their pain and ease the suffering due to mobility or joint damage. They can get these issues due to orthopedic surgery, musculoskeletal injury, arthritis, obesity, neurological disease, or paralysis.
You must have felt amused watching a cute dog attempting to walk on an underwater treadmill or trying to balance on a big exercise ball. It is one aspect of its physical therapy.
Certain conditions that require physical therapy include:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Post-surgical recovery of the knee, hip, back, or neck
- Amputation recovery
- Traumatic injury
- Weaknesses in rear limb
- Spinal disorder
- Neurological disorder
- Spinal disorder
And many more.
How will you know your dog requires physical therapy?
As your dog grows with age, you will see changes in him, these includes:
- Finding difficulty in getting up after taking a nap.
- Feeling Reluctant to go out for a walk
- Getting hesitant on climbing the chairs
- Taking short distance routes
- Finding evidence of pain like reduced appetite, longer naps, and vocalization.
It is pertinent to confirm that there is no severity, as many rehab veterinarians will need a referral from your family vet before starting a dog physical therapy program.
A vet will decide whether your dog is fit enough to get physical therapy. Sometimes vet prescribes comprehensive physical examination with medical diagnose like blood tests and radiographs to confirm there is no serious health issue.
How does Physical therapy work for dogs?
Rehabilitation involves many equipment or modalities, and some of the following are:
Passive Range of Motion (PROM): These exercises mean that someone is manually helping your dog to move a joint back and forth. Mimicking is normal to improve flexibility.
Heat and Cold therapy:
This therapy involves using heat before exercise. It prepares muscles for activity. Use ice after physical therapy to reduce inflammation and pain. It is crucial to have a barrier between your pet’s skin and the heat to protect the skin.
It helps dogs relearn balance and place paw. These courses can be on the steps, hills, ramps, bars, and balance balls, etc.
It is a special treadmill that is enclosed in a watertight container. In the container, you add different levels of water. The vet would begin with the higher water level, slow the speed, and then increase the difficulty level by reducing the level of water. This builds the activity and increases the speed.
In the process, vets or physical therapists use Ultrasound waves to arouse muscle activity. In the process, heat is given to muscles, tendons, and ligaments which help them heal.
This therapy operates at different cell levels. It reduces the level of inflammation and increases circulation, which can help reduce pain and heals. You should not use cold therapy laser if cancer is suspected.
Are there any risks associated with physical therapy?
Physical therapy though is safe, can cause complications. If not done properly, you might not see any improvement. Even if it is done correctly, can make the canines uncomfortable. It is so very pertinent to control your dog’s pain level.
As long pain is under control, physical therapy is a great and safe way to help recovery. Pet Pros offers comprehensive health care services including Dog Physical Therapy in the comfort of your home. No doubt, you cannot give your dog that cares as you give at home.
So we have a special home care team who will visit your home to offer the care your pet requires and increase the quality of life for pets.