Treating your dog’s mobility issues: It takes a team

Treating your dog’s mobility issues: It takes a team

Many dogs have mobility issues due to birth defects, injuries or aging. If your pooch is one of them, there are ways you and others can help your veterinarian diagnose and treat the problem.

You can help by observing your dog and providing details on lameness, reduced stamina or the inability to perform certain activities.

Your veterinarian may also refer you to a certified animal rehabilitation practitioner as part of the treatment plan. A canine physical therapist of sorts, they’ll gently work your dog’s joints, massage muscles and use low-impact ways to build stamina, increase range of motion and ease pain. Again, you can help at home by walking your pooch on grass or sand instead of concrete.

Following your veterinarian’s direction on feeding and administering medications will help round out your dog’s treatment plan.

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