Through the use of ergonomic equipment such as splints, carts, and slings, we can improve our pet’s mobility and quality of life after surgery, trauma, or neurological condition. In addition to these aides, adapting the home environment my also help in managing mobility needs and minimizing stress for you and your companion.
Splints are often used to provide your pet with improved stability or mobility to a joint. They provide stability to a joint to allow weight bearing through the limb and facilitate mobility. There are various splinting products and materials available.
Pets afflicted with nerve damage or neurologic conditions often have weakness and sensory loss in their limbs. A splint is often appropriate for these patients. Splints are also good for providing support to a limb after a fracture, or other orthopedic procedures requiring immobilization. In addition, splints can be used to restore mobility and range of motion associate with contractures.
Neurological conditions such as degenerative myelopathy, spinal cord injury, and disk herniation, can result in paralysis or weakness of the limbs and trunk, which limits normal walking. Depending on the extent of neurological injury, a mobility cart can be used long term to help improve your pet’s independence in walking and quality of life.
Carts may also be used temporarily while your pet is rehabilitating from a neurological injury. Our rehabilitation team can assess the patient and recommend the most appropriate cart to meet their specific needs.
There are various harnesses and slings available to meet your animals needs. They are specially designed to assist your animal with standing, weight bearing, and ambulation. These devices are often used after surgery, which weakness associated to neurological conditions, or with pain and joint problems associated with arthritis. These devices not only can help your pet’s mobility but ease the workload of the owner as well.
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Modified steps, ramps and good flooring are all important factors that can help improve your pet’s functional mobility and prefent injury. Be sure to provide them with a safe environment that is friendly to their needs.
Contact our rehabilitation specialists at 610-696-8712 to discuss how physical rehabilitation may help your companion.