Your dog looks stiff and is having issues getting around and going for regular walks. They may have a diagnosis of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, a form of arthritis that worsens overtime. You’re advised to do less activity with them and that they may need some medication to manage the pain.
If you are anything like myself and the millions of pet parents out there, your dogs are active family members. We take them hiking, swimming, running, and to the beach. Maybe you have an athlete or working dog in which case the expectations of activity and performance are even higher. So let’s talk about how to help them stay active family members.Continue reading “Overload vs Overtraining: The difference between fitness & injury”
“Since dogs can’t talk, how do you know when they have mild pain or discomfort?
Sometimes the signs of something brewing are much more subtle and knowing what to look for is part of keeping them living long, active, and healthy lives. Even your dog’s stance reveals potential problem areas and discomfort. How they carry their head, the placement of their feet under their body and the position of the tail all give signs of their physical wellbeing.
A diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy (DM) can be devastating to a pet parent. I can say that as a pet parent who has lived through it. To find out that your dog has a progressive neurological condition that will eventually lead to paralysis, may leave you feeling raw, lost, angry…. And it’s often hard to grasp the disease progression because your dog is usually doing very well when symptoms are first noticed. If you have gone through this experience, you may have experienced an onslaught of questions running through your mind. Is it going to hurt, how long does my dog have, can I do anything to slow it down….? And the list goes on. Continue reading “Daily “Physiotherapy” Increases Life Span of Dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy”