Although senior pets may develop age-related conditions, with the proper care and the right veterinary treatment, aging pets can live a happy, healthy and active life.
Geriatric Neurological Conditions – Degenerative Spinal Disease such as intervertebral disc rupture or bulge, spondylosis deformans, vertebral instability, lumbo sacral stenosis, and degenerative myetopathy are conditions that vary in frequency. Large breed dogs are more often affected by the majority of these conditions which may or may not be accompanied by pain. Neurological presentations such as weakness from lying to standing, an unsure gait, dragging toenail sounds, fecal and or urinary incontinence, and partial to complete paralysis. Treatment ranges from surgery to extensive rehabilitation. A definitive diagnosis may require X-rays or an MRI. Referral to a local neurologist may be needed in some cases to achieve a definitive diagnosis to formulate an appropriate rehabilitation plan.
Orthopedic Conditions – Considered to the most common ailment of geriatric dogs, orthopedic conditions receive significant help through the use of veterinary rehabilitation. In addition to targeting muscle strengthening and increase range of motion, we focus heavily on reducing or eliminating pain. Until recently, senior and geriatric dogs that didn’t respond to drugs and supplements had very little recourse. Veterinary rehabilitation is a wonderful treatment to target a condition rather than treating just the symptoms.