Almost every dog suffers from arthritis at some point in his or her life. Arthritis can be a painful disease process that can benefit significantly from rehabilitation. The changes in the joints can lead to stiffness, lameness, decreased activity, and loss of muscle and strength. Rehabilitation aims to manage pain, maintain function, and regain normal activity.
Rehabilitation improves the quality of life and wellness of dogs. This is done through weight loss, building and maintaining muscle and strength, and improving fitness. Rehabilitation is appropriate for bringing an injured working dog or canine athlete back to his or her job, as well as for keeping your companion dogs happy and healthy even into their golden years. It enhances recovery following surgery such as cruciate ruptures, patella luxations, spinal surgeries, amputations, fracture repairs, and more. IT also aids in recovery after neurological accidents such as slipped discs (IVDD) as well as in dogs with inherited issues such as hip dysplasia.
Applying rehabilitation principles to animals is a growing trend. This has, in part, stemmed from veterinarians desiring to improve the level of patient care, and is backed by significant supporting data. Veterinarians must go through more than 150 hours of post-graduate education, followed by a written and practical exam to be considered a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) in the US, and one of the vets at Levin and Horowhenua Vets has achieved that.
Veterinary physical rehabilitation uses noninvasive techniques including cryotherapy, heat therapy, therapeutic ultrasound electrical stimulation, laser therapy, shockwave, aquatic therapy, and specific physical exercises. The goals of rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatments are specific for each individual patient.
If you are interested in seeing whether your dog can benefit from a personalised rehabilitation programme, contact the clinic for an evalulation.