Canine physical therapy is a great resource for dogs and their owners. These specialists offer treatment to dogs recovering from spinal and orthopedic surgeries and dogs with back injuries, arthritis, paralysis and other neurological problems. Canine PT is a partnership so I recently asked pet owners to give their best tips for canine physical therapists.
Here are their recommendations:
- Canine physical therapists should be honest about a pet’s prognosis. We appreciate being educated and prepared.
- Encourage pet parents to learn the skills they need to take care of their dog at home. It’s frightening to be the sole caregiver of a disabled dog.
- Be patient in teaching those skills because expressing a dog’s bladder or learning how to transfer a dog from the car to the house doesn’t come naturally.
- Be a partner or sounding board for a pet owner because they are struggling with the fact that their dog may never be the same again.
- Canine physical therapists should be aware that an owner might be dealing with a family member who thinks it’s best to euthanize the animal. You never know what is going on in someone’s personal life.
- Be knowledgeable about respite care options because pet owners need a break from the 24/7 care and they might not know where to turn for suggestions.
- Keep the different modalities of care like chiropractic, acupuncture and massage under one roof. Running around town with a dog in a wheelchair is hard work.
- Canine physical therapists should be a resource of products for handicapped pets that make daily living easier.
- Be a resource for the latest veterinary clinical trials. Pet owners are looking for a miracle that might save their dog.
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