The dog is aging as well as the human being. Over the years not only "masters" climbing stairs gets heavier, but also four-legged friends. Unlike the person who likes to complain about tired bones and aching joints, the dog does everything to cover up his physical ailments. Because originally he is a pack animal, and in the wild, weak members are excluded from the pack. The innate instinct forbids the four-legged to show weakness and pain. Only the attentive observer notices the hidden signals of the favorite and realizes: He is not well.
These can be signs that your dog is in pain:
- He shows less pleasure in playing and in movement.
- He is lame and has problems getting moving.
- It is difficult for him to jump into the car, climb stairs or get up.
- He avoids activities that he previously managed without any problems.
- He retires more often than usual.
- He bends his paws and has coordination problems.
- During the walk, he sits down and takes a break.
- He suddenly does not like brushing anymore.
- He seems depressed or unusually aggressive.
Often, wear on bones, joints and discs or previous surgery is the cause of the pain. In acute and chronic conditions, a physiotherapy specially adapted to the dog can improve the quality of life of the dog. Together with the veterinarian and the owners an individual treatment plan is created. If necessary, the physiotherapy can also take place at home in the usual environment.
The goal is to relieve chronic pain, increase flexibility and reduce or even eliminate the use of painkillers. Above all, however, the quality of life and natural joy of movement of the dog can be maintained by a professional physiotherapy.
As in the human area, the dog physiotherapy works with gentle and painless methods: The therapist uses physical stimuli, for example cold / heat (hydrotherapy), electric current, ultrasound or manual techniques via mechanical pressure and tension, for example through massages, lymphatic drainage or joint mobilization.
Movement therapy with specific exercises is also a fundamental component of physiotherapy. By improving the metabolic processes in the damaged tissue, tensing gently loosened structures and restoring limited movements, the dog has less pain, the muscles strengthen or rebuild, and the dog can regain its old mobility.
No substitute for veterinary treatment
However, it is important that dog physiotherapy is not considered a substitute for veterinary treatment. However, it may support veterinary treatment and promote and accelerate the healing process, such as osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, spinal disorders, general mobility disorders, herniated discs, neuropathies, paralysis, or pre- and post-surgery treatment.
For more information and advice on the subject of physiotherapy in dogs obtained from the veterinarian.