As dogs get older and a little stiffer, their owners often wonder what options exist to help their pets. Physical therapy, also called “canine rehabilitation,” is one way to help older dogs stay active and mobile. This article will help you decide whether your dog might benefit from physical therapy.
When our dogs become seniors, they start slowing down. These changes often come with age, but they also can be signs of conditions that might benefit from treatment. Here are symptoms, treatment options, and ways to prevent (or at least slow down) the progression of some of the top three common health issues with our geriatric pets.
Chiropractic care focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing nerve stress caused by distortions in the musculoskeletal system, with special emphasis on the spine. This nerve stress can cause physical and emotional malfunction and is associated with loss of energy, pain, weakness, neurologic issues and disease of all types. Animal chiropractic is a broadening of human chiropractic with techniques developed to be able to treat animals.
The first sign of aging that most owners notice with their dog is arthritis. You might see some slowness when your dog gets up, stiffness, and even limping for the first few steps in the morning or after a long nap. Don’t ignore aches and pains in your old friend; there are things you can do to make your dog healthier and more comfortable.
When dogs receive a cancer diagnosis, their guardians often don't know where to turn for information and support. In the first of her Canine Cancer Wellness series, RD Moreno, a Grey Muzzle volunteer news writer and editor of Haley the Wonderdog , offers five important resources for anyone caring for a dog living with cancer.