Rehabilitative care for senior pets

How to reduce pain and increase mobility

Hydrotherapy treadmill therapy can be effective for senior patients. Photo courtesy Patterson Veterinary
 While there are many joyful moments in a lifetime of pet ownership, aging, weight issues, and genetic characteristics can lead to late-in-life chronic pain and mobility issues. It can be an emotional time for a pet’s family, who is faced with a heartbreaking choice between supporting a pet that is living in discomfort or increasing medication and engaging in complicated treatments.
Not only is it difficult for owners, but it can also be one of the most stressful parts of the job for veterinarians and their staff. According to Dr. Elizabeth Strand in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s JAVMA News, top sources of stress in the...


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