Many of the same conditions that affect aging humans can affect elderly dogs. These include but are not limited to: arthritis, cancer, joint replacements, balance disorders and more.
Most dogs have some form of arthritis after the age of seven (some even earlier). Fortunately there are many things that can be done for dogs with arthritis. Medication can be a powerful and effective e treatment but many owners do not want to keep their dogs on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for prolonged periods of time. Interventions such as laser therapy, walking in warm water,heat, soft tissue mobilization, weight reduction, supervised exercise and activity modification can help significantly.
The goals are decreasing pain and inflammation, restoring or maintaining mobility, increasing strength to support the joints and improving quality of life. Your aged dog may like it so much he will insist on coming back! (Punch cards are available for discounts. )
Arthritis, rear-leg weakness, degenerative myelopathy, decreased activity tolerance.
Mobility, supervised exercise, hydrotherapy and owner instruction.