Pet owners have plenty of health care options for their cats and dogs thanks to expanded physical rehabilitation clinics at vet offices. Many veterinarians have specialized training beyond their DVM that may cover pain management and orthopedic surgery for pets. Typical regimens include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and plenty of rest. Unfortunately, pain medications may simply mask a larger problem that relapses, gets worse, or causes major mobility problems. That’s where physical rehabilitation choices come into play. All of these tools should be used under the supervision of a veterinarian.
Cold lasers, or low-level lasers, do several things for dogs in rehab. Lasers improve wound healing and pain relief by stimulating the animal’s own internal pain management system.
Wobble boards, also known as balance boards, improve strength, coordination, balance and flexibility in your dog. This tool gets your dog moving in better ways that’s not just walking and playing.
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