Not just for dogs anymore. We treat cats too!
One of five dogs suffers from arthritis! Arthritis falls under the general category of “degenerative joint disease” which includes hip dysplasia, osteochondritis dessicans, osteoarthritis and spinal conditions. Degenerative joint disease can often be treated satisfactorily without surgery or medication. Because muscles act as shock absorbers for joints, strengthening muscles helps protect joints. Mild weight-bearing exercise also helps stimulate cartilage metabolism and increases nutrient diffusion in the joints. Exercise may also increase endogenous opiate production and relieve pain associated with osteoarthritis. If your dog has been diagnosed with hip or elbow dysplasia but is currently asymptomic, they can still benefit from rehabilitation!! We can teach you a number of exercises that will provide support to the dysplastic joint and slow down the progression of arthritis.
You and your dog have spent many years together in a truly unique relationship. Your dog has comforted you, made you laugh, greeted you, played with you and loved you unconditionally—asking for very little in return. Now his muzzle is turning grey, he's a bit slow to get up, and he can't hear like he used to (or so it seems…) but his tail never stops wagging when you're around.
So what can you do to ease the transition to his senior years? At Aqua Dog we can develop a personalized, well-rounded exercise program to maximize their function while minimizing the impact on their joints. We can help your pal stay mobile and decrease pain during their golden years.
Conservative Management of Torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament
Typically the treatment of choice for a Cranial Cruciate Ligament ("CCL") tear is surgery. However, some patients are not surgical candidates for a number of reasons such as dog's age, health considerations, lack of fitness, and owner's beliefs. At Aqua Dog Rehabilitation, we have successfully treated many dogs using conservative management.
You love your dog sooo much—you just can't say "no" when he asks you for another treat. Those eyes, the tilt of his head, the way he sits so nicely—good boy. He deserves another treat… And isn't there a saying that goes something like "there's more of you to love?"
Unfortunately, a little extra weight puts lots of extra stress on a dog's body and predisposes them to injury and/or illness. Don't despair… we can help your best buddy lose weight, get in shape and feel great.
Goals of Rehabilitation
- Decrease recovery time and discomfort from surgery
- Take a patient with reduced function and return him/her to peak performance
- Promote weight loss
- Decrease pain
- Conditioning seniors, pets and the canine athlete
- Increase range of motion
- Maintain optimal conditioning
- Improve mobility
- Increase circulation
Whether your dog has been diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy, Wobblers, Intervertebral Disc Disease or a Fibrocartilagenous Embolism, rehabilitation can help improve your dog’s quality of life. It is important to bring your dog for rehabilitation as soon as they have been diagnosed! The sooner the dog comes for rehabilitation, the greater the improvement! However, rehabilitation can play an important role in maximizing your dog’s function and quality of life regardless of when you are able to bring them to Aqua Dog.
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
- Fibrocartilagenous Emboli (FCE)
- Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)
- Wobblers Syndrome
We have all been hospitalized or know someone that has been hospitalized…. Shortly after surgery, patients are visited by a physical therapist!! It makes sense that our canine companions can benefit from rehabilitation shortly after surgery! The first week or two after surgery rehabilitation goals consist of decreasing pain, decreasing swelling and facilitating healing without compromising the surgical repair. We work closely with you and your dog’s physician to ensure that your dog recovers quickly and fully. We will develop a well rounded, personalized rehabilitation program for your dog to not only ensure that the affected limb recovers fully, but also to protect the remaining limbs and muscles (which can be adversely impacted by compensating for the injured limb).
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Muscle Strains
- Hip and Elbow Dysplasia
- Conservative Management of Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Rupture (Full or Partial Tear)
- Post-Operative Management of Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Rupture
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
- Trans Tibial Advancement (TTA)
- Lateral Suture Stabilization
- Fibular Head Transposition
- Osteoarthritis (OA) and Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
- Osteochondritis Dessicans (OCD)
- Patella Luxation
- Post-Operative/Surgical conditions
- Fracture Repairs
- Triple Pelvic Osteotomy
- Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
- Total Hip Replacement
Nothing strengthens the bond between humans and their canine companions quite like training and competing. Nothing feels better than competing with your canine athlete partner—it's often difficult to tell who is having more fun! Whether you and your partner are training for top levels of competition, playing with the kids, hiking or catching the Frisbee—the canine is a truly remarkable athlete.
Of course, we want this working relationship to last as long as possible. Our friends sure know how to put their game faces on—dogs rarely indicate pain or discomfort until it has developed into a significant problem.
What can you do to help ensure your canine partner has a long, healthy career?
- Evaluation to determine whether your canine partner is performing at his/her peak.
- Participate in a wellness program for early detection of potential career threatening injuries.
- We can develop a personalized, well-rounded conditioning program for your partner.
- Learn how to implement safe, effective warm-ups, cool downs, and stretching programs for your dog.