Neurological problems can really impact a pet and owner’s quality of life. Especially when it involves loss of function of the hind end, making it far more difficult to get around the house. Neurological pet care rehabilitation may be able to help.
For Senior Pets
As pets age they often develop musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, or neurological issues such as lumbosacral stenosis. Pain can be associated with these health problems, but so can loss of mobility and loss of function, particularly in the hind legs.
The goals of treatment include:
- Reducing inflammation and pain
- Increasing range-of-motion
- Improving flexibility
- Increasing proprioception (knowing where your body is in space)
- Improving overall strength
While medication may be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation, keeping senior pets active is still a challenge. It is important that they use their muscles to prevent loss of muscle tone, weakness, and imbalance. Physical therapy in conjunction with tub work, ball work, and cavaletti training can help maintain muscle strength, increase proprioception, and improve flexibility and function.
Acute Neurological Disorders
For dogs with acute neurological disorders, like degenerative myelopathy, therapy can help slow disease progression. According to the University of Florida, about 80% of pets respond well to treatment.
- Weight control
- Assisted Swimming
- And other supportive measures
Assisted swimming is an excellent way for these patients to get exercise. The water resistance helps maintain muscle strength, while the buoyancy reduces stress on the joints.
We also do cart fittings for dogs who have minimal use of their hind legs and need assistance to remain mobile. Many dogs do very well with their carts and are fairly unaware of their new wheels.