Have you ever seen a dog for a walk thanks to a wheelchair? Veterinary technical and Orthopedic Aids for pets are a booming reality.

The life expectancy of pets is increasing

The attention and care that we provide to our pets are getting better and better. Today dogs and cats live longer as a result of optimal nutrition and a greater number of veterinary care.

A geriatric animal has greater difficulties maintaining its autonomy and functionality and, like people, may need help to lead a better life with Orthopedic Aids.

Pain Treatments and Mobility Aids for Pets

Animal physiotherapy has boomed in recent years, as a result of pets being considered members of the family. Pet owners provide them with the best care, even when it comes to expensive private services and treatments. 

A curious fact is that the treatment with injections of liberal,  a monoclonal antibody that works against osteoarthritis pain in dogs, has gone out of stock several times in recent months, as a result of high demand.

Pet Physiotherapy

Not only older animals, but also dogs and cats with degenerative diseases or that have suffered an accident or an operation, may require external help and treatments that restore mobility and autonomy, in addition to giving an adequate outlet for their great vitality. 

Benefits of physiotherapy and technical aids in pets

  • They are minimally invasive treatments.
  • They increase mobility.
  • They improve the quality of life of the pet.
  • They improve the physical condition as the animal can move more easily and be able to painlessly perform the daily exercise it needs to stay in shape.
  • It improves the mental condition of the pet and especially reduces problems such as anxiety or aggression.

Examples of services in physical therapy clinics for pets

  • Specific mobility exercises
  • pet hydrotherapy
  • Physiotherapy 
  • magnetotherapy 
  • pet acupuncture
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Animals hide pain very well and adapt to difficulties

Pets hide pain symptoms very well, this is somewhat adaptive since in nature the weakest is the first to fall before predators. 

For this reason, many times people do not go with their pet to the vet until the pathology is very advanced, losing the opportunity to improve the quality of life of their pet in the final stretch of its life.

Examples of technical aids for pets

  • Ramps: a simple ramp that allows a short-legged dog to climb onto the sofa (if allowed) and snuggle up next to his guardian, will bring him comfort and peace of mind.
  • Harnesses for dogs and cats with motor difficulties.
  • Harnesses for blind dogs and cats.
  • Bone supports.
  • Joint fixators.
  • Non-slip Boots: Simple non-slip boots on the hind legs will help the geriatric animal whose pads are worn down over time, or the animal with hip dysplasia, to gain a grip on the ground and not slip.
  • Wheelchairs for Pets: a wheelchair allows a disabled animal to run at the pace it needs and interact with others.
  • Pet Stroller: a transport cart for dogs that cannot walk excessively will allow their handler to give them long walks and encourage them to get fresh air and sun.

How do I know if my dog ​​needs technical aids?

There are some external Orthopedic Aids that do not require more than common sense, such as ramps to assist larger animals or short-legged animals such as dachshunds in going up and down.

For more specific help or rehabilitation treatment after an injury, operation, or before a degenerative process we must go to our veterinarian. Which could even refer us to a veterinarian specializing in veterinary traumatology. This is the professional who will be in charge of evaluating our pet’s locomotor system and prescribing the most appropriate treatment, including the necessary support structures.