03.06.2015

Harry Jones

03.03.2015

What is Degenerative Myelopathy?

What is Degenerative Myelopathy?

Degenerative myelopathy is a progressive disease of the spinal cord in older dogs. The disease has an insidious onset typically between 8 and 14 years of age. It begins with a loss of coordination (ataxia) in the hind limbs. The affected dog will wobble when walking, knuckle over or drag the feet. This can first occur in one hind limb and then affect the other. As the disease progresses, the limbs become weak and the dog begins to buckle and h...as difficulty standing. The weakness gets progressively worse until the dog is unable to walk. The clinical course can range from 6 months to 1 year before dogs become paraplegic. If signs progress for a longer period of time, loss of urinary and fecal continence may occur and eventually weakness will develop in the front limbs. Another key feature of DM is that it is not a painful disease.

03.03.2015

How does hydrotherapy help

HOW DOES DOG Hydrotherapy help?

The benefit of dog hydrotherapy in conjunction with veterinary treatment can improve the rate of healing following surgery or injury. We use hydrotherapy to help with rehabilitation so there is an increased chance of returning your pet to full health and fitness. Hydrotherapy is recommended by vets as part of a balanced treatment for arthritis, muscle and spinal injuries, hip and elbow dysplasia and injury recovery. Dog hydrotherapy helps blood flow to the body, easing stiffness and making it easier for the dog to move. It’s warm and a great exercise, increasing stamina and conditioning. Dog hydrotherapy treatment is also ideal for show dogs to build muscles and tone.