OLDER PETS

Like humans, our pets are living longer and need pain management throughout their lives. Our animals are an integral part of the family and we like to help them when they are in pain. Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation aims to maintain your pets quality of life in their older years.

ARTHRITIS

Our animals can suffer from arthritis (osteoarthritis) just like humans. Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. It can affect one or more joints however most often affected are the hips, elbows, shoulder and knees. Causes can include genetics, weight, injuries, deformities, infection, immune disease or just wear and tear.

Signs to watch out for include to show that your pet might be in pain:

  • Reluctance to walk or play

  • Limping
  • Stiffness, particularly when they first get up in the morning
  • Yelping when touched
  • A change in personality and behaviour
  • Licking their joints

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation we rely on an initial physical examination. We rely on your pet’s pain response to joint palpation, detection of crepitus (a crackling or grating sensation felt within the joint), observation of gait and the presence of muscle atrophy to diagnose osteoarthritis. In order to accurately diagnose your dog’s condition, a general anaesthetic and x-rays will usually be required to determine exactly what is happening in your pet’s joints.

We can then develop a rehabilitation plan to help improve your animals movement, demeanor and quality of life. We do this through:

  • Rehab Treatment Plan including treadmill, exercise, laser, massage and TENS
  • Advice on home comforts like a warm place to sleep and quality bedding as well as home exercises to keep your animal in prime shape
  • Weight Management
  • Veterinary treatments, medications and supplements
  • Surgery may also be required

ARTHRITIS

Our animals can suffer from arthritis (osteoarthritis) just like humans. Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments and muscles. It can affect one or more joints however most often affected are the hips, elbows, shoulder and knees. Causes can include genetics, weight, injuries, deformities, infection, immune disease or just wear and tear.

Signs to watch out for include to show that your pet might be in pain:

  • Reluctance to walk or play

  • Limping
  • Stiffness, particularly when they first get up in the morning
  • Yelping when touched
  • A change in personality and behaviour
  • Licking their joints

At Illawarra Animal Rehabilitation we rely on an initial physical examination. We rely on your pet’s pain response to joint palpation, detection of crepitus (a crackling or grating sensation felt within the joint), observation of gait and the presence of muscle atrophy to diagnose osteoarthritis. In order to accurately diagnose your dog’s condition, a general anaesthetic and x-rays will usually be required to determine exactly what is happening in your pet’s joints.

We can then develop a rehabilitation plan to help improve your animals movement, demeanor and quality of life. We do this through:

  • Rehab Treatment Plan including treadmill, exercise, laser, massage and TENS
  • Advice on home comforts like a warm place to sleep and quality bedding as well as home exercises to keep your animal in prime shape
  • Weight Management
  • Veterinary treatments, medications and supplements
  • Surgery may also be required

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

Rehabilitation is a key in helping aid the recovery from neurological diseases such as intervertebral disc disease, vertebral fractures, demyelination or any other neurological condition. Conditions of the spinal cord or lower motor neurons result in patients being unbalanced, weak, losing muscle mass and some have difficulty walking. The front and/or hind legs may be affected. Many neurological conditions are mistaken for osteoarthritis or that pets are ‘just getting old’. Our Rehabilitation team of vets and nurses work together to understand your pet’s specific condition and provide support for the ongoing management of neurological conditions to improve function.

Often physical therapy includes standing, balance and range of motion exercises. These are complimented with effective pain management to keep your animal comfortable and to maximise what can be achieved with physical therapy.

A key part of the recovery is also hydrotherapy exercise. The underwater treadmill builds strength through resistance against the water and increases range of motion in our pet’s joints. The water also provides balance and support, a key component for our neurological patients as it often gives them the confidence to try walking again, even when they won’t try on land! And don’t worry – our therapists will also get in and get wet too! They assist your dog whist in our underwater treadmill by providing weight bearing support and by guiding their range of motion.

Treats and toys keep everyone focused and a blow dry at the end has dogs loving the treadmill experience!

Laser therapy reducing inflammation and promoting healing, acupuncture, TENS and massage all assist in the management of neurological conditions.

As we progress through a tailored rehabilitation program we will support your pet to regain balance and control, stability and spacial awareness and this is achieved much quicker with the addition of physical therapy exercises. There are often some homework exercises too so everyone can share the fun and improvement!

NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS

Rehabilitation is a key in helping aid the recovery from neurological diseases such as intervertebral disc disease, vertebral fractures, demyelination or any other neurological condition. Conditions of the spinal cord or lower motor neurons result in patients being unbalanced, weak, losing muscle mass and some have difficulty walking. The front and/or hind legs may be affected. Many neurological conditions are mistaken for osteoarthritis or that pets are ‘just getting old’. Our Rehabilitation team of vets and nurses work together to understand your pet’s specific condition and provide support for the ongoing management of neurological conditions to improve function.

Often physical therapy includes standing, balance and range of motion exercises. These are complimented with effective pain management to keep your animal comfortable and to maximise what can be achieved with physical therapy.

A key part of the recovery is also hydrotherapy exercise. The underwater treadmill builds strength through resistance against the water and increases range of motion in our pet’s joints. The water also provides balance and support, a key component for our neurological patients as it often gives them the confidence to try walking again, even when they won’t try on land! And don’t worry – our therapists will also get in and get wet too! They assist your dog whist in our underwater treadmill by providing weight bearing support and by guiding their range of motion.

Treats and toys keep everyone focused and a blow dry at the end has dogs loving the treadmill experience!

Laser therapy reducing inflammation and promoting healing, acupuncture, TENS and massage all assist in the management of neurological conditions.

As we progress through a tailored rehabilitation program we will support your pet to regain balance and control, stability and spacial awareness and this is achieved much quicker with the addition of physical therapy exercises. There are often some homework exercises too so everyone can share the fun and improvement!

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