Physical rehabilitation and your pet
You walk on two legs, but your pet has four. Every day, your pet walks, runs, crouches, stretches and pounces! And if you have a cat you know that your furry friend also uses their legs to climb trees (squirrels and birds are very aware of that fact as well). They use their limbs constantly, and in a variety of ways. That’s why physiotherapy can be a great help after an injury or operation, following an illness, or when they start to show signs of old age.
Physiotherapy helps to maintain and develop maximum force of movement and functional abilities in your pet, or to regain strength that has been lost. The approach is, therefore, therapeutic as well as preventive.
Your companion’s rehabilitation with physiotherapy can prevent injury. It can also accelerate recovery after surgery as well as aid in regaining strength, agility and mobility. And by minimizing the formation of scar tissue, rehabilitation improves skin elasticity, allowing for even more movement flexibility. What’s more, even if your dog or cat is a “toughie”, physiotherapy can ease pain and diminish postoperative swelling.
After a few weeks of rehabilitation, you will be glad to see that your pet has regained their optimal weight and that their muscular and cardiovascular strength has improved.
For any questions about physical rehabilitation and physiotherapy, don’t hesitate to contact your vet. Like you, they want your pet at their best.