Dogs and cats with disc disease or other neurological conditions benefit greatly from rehabilitation. Examples include:
- Dachshunds (or other breeds) after spinal surgery
- Non-surgical management of disc problems
- Older dogs with back pain with or without disability
- “Spinal stroke” (fibrocartilaginous embolism) in dogs or cats
Rehabilitation is also worthwhile for several other neurological conditions. Contact me here if you’d like to check before booking.
If the damage has not been too great, many animals eventually regain the ability to stand and walk again. The body has a wonderful ability to heal and recover after injury or surgery. During recovery, dogs and cats have to relearn how to coordinate their legs. This learning process starts immediately after surgery or injury, and continues for many months.
Rehabilitation for these animals includes:
- Pain control (massage, Tellington Ttouch, electrotherapies, checking your pet’s painkiller regime and communicating with your primary care vet if this needs adjusting).
- Helping get any “lifestyle adjustments” just right during recovery, e.g. sling-walking, lead-walking, how to lift your pet safely, outdoor access and/or crate-restriction if needed.
- Helping disabled animals learn to “sit” and “stand” again, as preparation for walking.
- A bespoke exercise plan, including good quality exercises to help improve coordination, balance and strength.
- Keeping a check on related medical issues (e.g. bladder and bowels) and communicating with your primary care vet if an extra check-up and/or medication is needed.