As your dog ages, they may need senior pet therapy exclusively designed for their fragile, older body. In addition, arthritis and other conditions associated with aging are prevalent in dogs. At Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, we offer many services that help keep your dog comfortable so they can live a longer, happier life.
The Goals of Senior Pet Therapy
Older dogs need special care for their aging bodies, and the goals of senior pet therapy are to:
- Reduce pain
- Improve range of motion
- Boost flexibility
- Develop strength
- Retain mobility
Along with these goals come other positive side effects like more activity, weight loss, happier demeanor, and more. As a result, the right therapy program at Tampa Bay K9 can help your dog live a more comfortable, healthier life with less pain and a better quality of life as they age.
Hydrotherapy allows dogs to exercise with less pain. Whether your dog is suffering from acute or chronic injuries or he or she needs to lose weight, exercising partially-submerged in water gives them the buoyancy necessary to move around safely. Swimming can be useful for rehabilitation, but underwater treadmills are the best form of senior pet therapy because it is more controlled. Tampa Bay K9 Rehab can help dogs increase their activity levels, improve mobility, and reduce pain.
Arthritis is extremely common amongst canines. The condition becomes more common the older the dog is, and unfortunately, some dogs are good at hiding their pain. However, if you notice them favoring limbs, having difficulty getting up, or are moving around more ‘creakily’ than before, they may be suffering from arthritis. At Tampa Bay K9, we can help arthritic dogs through hydrotherapy to exercise tight joints and muscles, physical therapy and massage, dietary changes, and rehabilitation after surgical procedures.
Like humans, dogs can benefit from chiropractic care to restore order to their spine and nervous system. With gentle spinal manipulations, a senior pet therapy professional can realign your dog’s spine, allowing the nervous system to function at its strongest. Regular treatments can relieve pain, improve circulation, boost immunity, and more.
Dogs rely on their legs for just about everything: to run, jump, play fetch, and go for walks. Unfortunately, this also means that their knees are prone to injury, especially the older they get. Senior pet therapy for knee injuries may include physical therapy, laser treatments to reduce pain and scar tissue, and more. If your pet needs knee surgery, Tampa Bay K9 can help improve their recovery with rehabilitation.
Stem Cell and Regenerative Therapies
One of the latest and greatest developments in canine rehabilitation is stem cell and regenerative therapeutic techniques. For aging dogs, using regenerative stem cells can promote the growth of tissue cells around injuries. With stem cells, the doctor harvests cells from the pet’s body and then injects them in the problem area. Then, the stem cells will allow the tissue to regrow from itself rather than healing damaged tissue. This can prevent painful scar tissue and other unwanted injury side effects. In some patients, this treatment can also prevent the need for surgery.
More than half of the dogs in the United States are overweight or obese. Carrying too much weight can cause joint problems, heart issues, kidney dysfunction, respiratory disorders, cancer, orthopedic diseases, reduced life expectancy, chronic inflammation, and more. Senior pet therapy can help overweight and obese dogs lose weight. As a result, losing weight can lead to a healthier, more comfortable life filled with less disease.
Choose Senior Pet Therapy at Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center
For dog owners who understand that their aging dog may need specialized senior pet therapy, finding the right care is easy with Tampa Bay K9. Our rehabilitation center has spent many years developing our treatment plans, which are tailored for each patient based on their needs. During your first visit, we will examine your dog, discuss their health history, and create a plan to help reduce their pain and recover quickly. To schedule a consultation in Tampa Bay, call us today at (727) 521-3518 or contact us online.