Treatment of Pet Arthritis in Rehabilitation
Have you noticed your pet has limited or pained movement? The cause may be something more familiar than you’d expect: arthritis. No matter what’s causing it, pet-specific rehabilitation can help them get the comfort and care they deserve. Here’s what you need to know if you’re considering rehabilitation treatment for your pet.
Types of Arthritis in Dogs & Cats
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in pets. It occurs when the cartilage or cushion between their joints breaks down. Immune-mediated arthritis and septic arthritis (caused by a joint infection) are less common but also treatable.
- Causes for the inflammation and appearance of arthritis include:
- Elbow and/or hip dysplasia
- Joint or spinal trauma
- Acute or chronic injuries
- Cranial cruciate ligament disease
- Medial Patellar Luxation
How Does Veterinary Rehabilitation Help?
Veterinary rehabilitation helps your pet heal when rest and time aren’t enough. The overarching goal is to lessen their pain and restore their limited functions. This includes:
- Increased mobility
- Greater range-of-motion
- Decreased inflammation
- Decreased need for medications
Veterinary Rehabilitation Treatment Options
When it comes to treatment types your pet can receive, it’s always tailored to what will work and help best. From traditional therapies and medications to more specialized options, we do whatever it takes for them to live happier and healthier lives.We always start with a comprehensive rehabilitation exam and any needed diagnostics to develop an individualized treatment plan.
- Treatment options at VeterinaryRehabilitation Hospital include:
- Soft Tissue Mobilizations
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Low Level & Class IV LASER Therapy
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
- Integrative Medicine
- Underwater Treadmill
- And much more
Veterinary Rehabilitation Hospital’s Process
At Veterinary Rehabilitation Hospital, we recommend discussing
pet rehab with your primary veterinarian and any veterinary specialists. Their involvement and medical records will ensure that we’re all connected on treatment.
Before your initial appointment, we will send you history questions to get a better understanding of your pet’s lifestyle. This includes their levels of activity, how you noticed their ailment and more. When you first arrive, your pet will undergo an initial examination, including digital thermography, gait analysis, musculoskeletal and neurologic exams. All the information gathered will help us personalize their treatment plan to exactly what they need. This includes whole body care, medication (if needed) and hands-on therapy.
Treat Arthritis with Veterinary Rehabilitation Hospital
Your pet’s return to comfort and functionality is always our top priority. For arthritis or any condition, we always tailor each treatment plan for best results. For questions on next steps or to get started, please contact us online or via 919-605-6300, option 2.