As pet owners, it’s important to be aware of any changes in our pets’ mobility and function. Mobility issues can be caused by a variety of factors, including age, injury, disease, or genetics. Here are some signs that pet owners should look out for to determine if their dogs or cats have mobility issues.
- Difficulty Standing or Getting Up
One of the most common signs of mobility issues in dogs and cats is difficulty standing or getting up from a lying position. Pets with mobility issues may struggle to get up, and may be hesitant to move around. They may also need assistance getting up or may need to use their front legs to push themselves up.
- Limping or Favoring One Leg
Limping or favoring one leg is another common sign of mobility issues in dogs and cats. Pets with mobility issues may limp or favor one leg over the other, and may be hesitant to put weight on the affected leg.
- Stiffness or Reduced Range of Motion
Pets with mobility issues may also experience stiffness or a reduced range of motion in their joints. They may be reluctant to move or may struggle to perform activities that were once easy for them, such as jumping up on the couch or climbing stairs.
- Pain or Discomfort
Pets with mobility issues may also experience pain or discomfort, particularly in their joints or limbs. They may show signs of discomfort when touched or may vocalize when moving or being picked up.
- Muscle Atrophy
Pets with mobility issues may also experience muscle atrophy, which is the wasting away of muscle tissue. Muscle atrophy can occur when an animal is not using a particular muscle or group of muscles, and can lead to weakness and reduced mobility.
If pet owners notice any of these signs in their dogs or cats, they should consult with their veterinarian for a thorough examination and diagnosis.
RehabVet Animal Therapists
RehabVet animal therapists are experts in animal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. They are highly trained professionals who work with animals of all ages and sizes, including dogs, cats, horses, and other exotic animals. At RehabVet, animal therapists provide individualized treatment plans that are tailored to the specific needs of each animal.
RehabVet offers a wide range of services and treatments to help animals recover from injuries and conditions that affect their mobility and function. These services include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, electrical stimulation, acupuncture, and chiropractic therapy, among others.
How RehabVet Can Help
RehabVet animal therapists can be helpful and supportive for all future customers by providing expert advice and guidance on how to improve their pets’ mobility and function. They work closely with pet owners to create individualized treatment plans that are tailored to their pet’s specific needs and condition.
RehabVet animal therapists use a combination of techniques and treatments to help improve their pet’s mobility, reduce pain and inflammation, and enhance overall function. These techniques can include manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, hydrotherapy, and acupuncture, among others.
In addition to providing treatment, RehabVet animal therapists also offer guidance on how to improve the pet’s overall quality of life. This can include recommendations for changes to the pet’s diet, exercise routine, and daily routine to help improve their mobility and overall well-being.