Nothing is more heartbreaking than watching your beloved aging pet slow down due to discomfort in their joints and muscles. As pet owners we want the very best for our furry companions. As they age their quality of life can change in so many ways. Pain in the hips, knees, elbows and back are not only common complaints of aging people, but of pets themselves.
Did you know there are alternative therapies that can improve the quality of life for your pets? The term alternative therapies refers to patient care options that can be utilized when medications aren’t doing enough to manage pain. Surgery remains the gold standard of therapy for many orthopedic conditions such as ligament tears as well as intervertebral disk problems. Unfortunately, this may not be economically feasible. In these instances other treatment options can help reduce pain for your pet.
When we are injured we see a physical therapist to help expedite our recovery. Physical therapy with rehabilitation is available for our pets as well. Did you know acupuncture can be used on animals by specially certified veterinarians. Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions. With orthopedic issues such as hip dysplasia, it is used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications in order to help your pet live more pain free days.
Water treadmill rehabilitation can also be used to strengthen muscles using underwater resistance and can also help post surgically to help get the pet back to normal function. Therapeutic ultrasound therapy, also known as shock wave therapy, can be used to promote healing and reduce inflammation by the use of sound waves that generate heat deep in the tissues. Massage therapy and chiropractic care can also be offered to help pets maintain mobility and to reduce musculoskeletal pain.If you feel your pet is experiencing bone and joint discomfort daily, you may consider these therapeutic options for improving their mobility and quality of life.
If you’re passionate about helping animals, consider enrolling in Community Care College’s Veterinary Assistant Program.