How well an animal ages is based on many factors, including genetics, environment, and nutrition. Aging pets, like aging humans, often have range-of-motion and mobility issues. For geriatric dogs, physical therapy goals include pain control, maintaining range of motion and flexibility, maintaining or improving strength, and promoting psychological well-being. Geriatric dogs often have secondary conditions or comorbidities that impact treatment. These conditions include:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Cardiovascular/pulmonary disease
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cognitive changes
Physical rehabilitation can improve quality of life and maximize health benefits. Implementing a low-stress program with positive reinforcement strategies and multiple therapeutic exercises during rehabilitation sessions positively affects patients. Our experts develop specialized programs to help your pet fully enjoy its senior years.