therapy for pets? At first thought this may sound outlandish. However,
when one considers the nature of and the specific benefits of such therapies,
for many pets physical therapy becomes a very practical option. As with
humans, physical therapy for pets can help to avoid the need or aid in
the recovery from surgery. Likewise, physical therapy may be helpful to
a pet recovering from an injury or dealing with a chronic problem. And
physical therapy can help reduce to need for drugs. Administered properly
(even by the pet owner), physical therapy may be safer and less costly
for your pet than other treatments.
Physical therapy for pets, as with people, often supports a range of different
techniques. Message - even if administered by the pet owner - may be used
to relax muscles and comfort the pet. Hydrotherapy, which consists of the
animal working out it a pool or tank, helps a pet exercise without impact
or stressing any troubled muscles or joints. A variety of exercises specific
to each pet may be used to strengthen the appropriate muscles.
So too, physical therapy often makes sense for older animals with chronic
musculo-skeletal problems such as hip dysplasia or arthritis. Hip dysplasia
in dogs frequently requires surgery to correct the problem, usually by
replacing the hip. Unfortunately, this is not always a suitable option
for an older dog. And, since there is no cure for arthritis, "proper care" may
be the only choice to keep a pets' condition at a manageable level. Physical
therapy can often help a pet adjust to live with its condition more comfortably.
Differences between physical therapy for animals and humans revolve around
the difference in physiology. Physical therapy not done properly can result
in injury. Experts in the field should be consulted before practicing physical
therapy on pets. Although people with knowledge of physical therapy may
also need to be trained to deal specifically with pets. Finding a suitable
physical therapist for your pet can be difficult depending on where you
live. However, the field is growing and pet therapy services will become
more available in more areas as its benefits are realized.
Dog Arthritis & Joint Care
Arthritis & Joint Care