Updated: May 25, 2020
If your dog is struggling after an accident, operation, genetic deformation or general old age and needs help then physiotherapy can be a decisive factor in aiding its recovery and management.
In this world, there is nothing we truly own, except our body. So taking care of the body is extremely important. It is even more so for a dog, as they do not have a long life span like us, it is very important to maximise their quality of life, every minute of it.
Although they may not be able to verbalise their discomfort to us until it gets really severe.
Elderly dogs often start to develop structural problems such as arthritis, chronic pain, stiffness, spinal conditions, neurological deficits and subluxations of the spine and other joints. Sounds familiar? Yes they are the same problem we get as well!
These problems often causes pain and discomfort to the dog which leads to a lower quality of life. Rehabilitation is a combination of non-invasive methods to reduce the pain and discomfort of the dogs. So if you have an elderly dog and you wish to have a pain-free and comfortable life for him during his golden years, rehabilitation can be said to be an essential for you and your furkid.
“If the animal's body is an machine, then the physiotherapist is the mechanical technician. Every once in a while depending on the animals lifestyle and condition, it is good to bring the animal to a physiotherapist for full servicing on the body.”
How about young dogs?
It is unlikely that younger dogs will suffer from chronic pain or arthritis. Cases where rehabilitation becomes an essential for a young dog is when he/she went through a surgery, acute injuries that is associated with excessive exercises or genetic malformation like hip dysplasia in the big dogs and patella luxation in the smaller dogs.
The bad news is genetic related conditions are growing in numbers due to inbreeding in puppy farms and these genetic related conditions often goes unnoticed by the owner/vet until it has escalated to something more severe at a later stage of the dog's life and is directly affecting the animal's quality of life. The results of the rehabilitation are often more limited or not as ideal as compared to if the condition was managed early.
Your therapists will work hand in hand with your veterinarian to detect any deformities early and maintain it well before it gets worse.
If you're unsure if your dog requires the rehabilitation or not, it is always good to bring in for a "servicing" of the dog's body to have an ease of mind!