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September is Senior Care Month for Dogs. Here's Some Advice from Mystic's Wizard of Paws!

Here is some advice from Debbie Gross Saunder, aka, the Wizard! She will be offering weekly advice on Patch.com

Wizard of Paws, in Mystic, CT is a canine physical therapy facility that successfully works with senior dogs. Our hydrotherapy underwater treadmill is kept at 80 degrees so that senior dogs with arthritis, muscle stiffness, poor conditioning, or weight conditions can safely and comfortably get the exercise that will put them on the path to mobility and good health. Our facility also offers laser therapy and other rehabilitative equipment.

Underwater treadmills are a wonderful low-impact way to exercise your senior dog. Whether it is part of the recovery process following surgery or a means of maintaining mobility for an aging pet, physical and hydro-therapies are a wonderful way to help your senior dog. The buoyancy provided by water can lessen the weight-bearing load by 70% on an animal’s limbs.

This helps reduce pain and lets the animal start therapy earlier. Water applies pressures on an animal’s limbs, which helps decrease inflammation and improve circulation. By changing the water level, resistance and buoyancy can be changed to target individual muscle groups and injuries.  Water temperature can be changed as well to help the animal relax and further alleviate pain. Muscle conditioning in water is not only an effective way of building up cardiovascular strength and endurance, but dogs often find it fun.

Hydrotherapy is most often used to treat the following conditions animals suffer:

 

  • arthritis
  • gait disruption
  • muscle stiffness
  • muscle atrophy
  • range-of-motion loss
  • spinal injury
  • paralysis
  • hip dysplasia
  • weight problems
  • coordination disorders
  • overall physical deterioration
  • injuries
  • pain

It's never too late to start an exercise program for your dog.  Visit Wizard of Paws for an evaluation and we can personally design an exercise program to fit your dog’s needs which can include underwater treadmill work and working their core muscles.

Exercise is as essential to dogs as it is to humans. It is profoundly tied to a dog's physical, mental, and emotional health. A sedentary dog is a bored dog, often an overweight dog, and, in general, a less-than-optimally-healthy dog. In older dogs, obesity is a common condition, and lack of exercise is a critical component of it. Older dogs also need exercise to benefit their heart, lungs, circulation, digestive system, and joints.

At-home exercise is also a good alternative for older dogs. Use a carpeted area for the session, and one of your dog's favorite toys. We can prescribe an at-home program specifically tailored to your dog’s needs. Utilizing an exercise ball can also be very beneficial. We have them here at Wizard of Paws!

Wizard of Paws is located at 2 Avery Street, Mystic, CT. Contact us at (860) 415-9502 and visit us at  www.wizardofpaws.net

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