Mobility Aids & Highly Qualified Care
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Limited Mobility in Pets
Some cats and dogs need treatment, physical therapy and mobility aids for acquired or genetic illnesses and conditions, or for a temporary period following surgery.
At West Chester Veterinary Medical Center, we can assess your pet and determine which combination of therapy and ergonomic equipment may help improve their mobility and quality of life.
Whether they have been impacted by trauma, a neurological condition, injury or other circumstance, we can evaluate their mobility needs and suggest equipment and tips to adapt your environment at home to help minimize stress - for both you and your furry companion.
What to Expect During Treatment for Limited Mobility
Ergonomic equipment and mobility aids can provide stability to your pet's joints, assist with standing and weight bearing, and help them stay active - while easing the workload on you. Our highly qualified team can provide advice about which mobility aids or environmental adaptations your pet could benefit from.
With ergonomic equipment and mobility aids, we can improve your pet's mobility and quality of life after surgery, trauma or neurological diagnosis.
Pets afflicted with nerve damage or neurological conditions often have sensory loss or weakness in their limbs.
Splints are often ideal for these patients, as they can be used to support a limb following a fracture, or orthopedic procedures requiring immobilization. In addition, splints can be used to restore mobility and range of motion associated with contractures.
They can also be used to help provide improved stability or mobility to your pet's joint in order to allow weight bearing through the limb. Various splinting products and materials are available.
- Mobility Carts
Neurological conditions such as degenerative myelopathy, disc herniation and spinal cord injury, can result in weakness or paralysis in the limbs and trunk. This can limit normal walking.
Depending on the extent of your pet's neurological injury, a mobility cart can be used long term to help your pet move independently - walking and enjoying quality of life.
Carts may also be used temporarily while your pet is rehabilitating due to a neurological injury. Our rehabilitation team can assess your pet and recommend the most suitable cart to meet their specific requirements.
Slings are specially designed to help with standing, weight bearing and ambulation. These devices are often used after surgery, to alleviate weakness related to neurological conditions, or with pain and joint problems associated with arthritis.
Not only can these devices improve your pet's mobility, they also ease your workload. Various slings and harnesses are available to meet your needs, as well as your pet's.
- Environmental Adaptations
Along with these aids, we are also able to provide sound advice and helpful insights regarding changes you can make to your pet's environment at home to help them get around as independently as possible, if required.
Modified steps, ramps and good flooring are all important factors that can help improve your pet's functional mobility and prevent injury. We'll help you provide them a safe, accessible environment that meets their needs.
Read our most frequently asked questions about mobility for pets.
- What are common causes of mobility issues in cats and dogs?
Many conditions or problems can cause mobility issues in both cats and dogs, including but not limited to these conditions:
- Kidney disease
- Feline diabetes
- Spinal or neurological conditions
- Fractured back
- Saddle thrombus
- Hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD)
If you think your pet may need a mobility aid, contact us for an assessment. We can help determine their needs and what equipment or changes at home may work for them.
- How can limited mobility affect my pet?
When your pet has limited mobility issues, you may see symptoms from minor lameness to challenges rising or standing, to an inability to walk. Clearly, this can impact almost every area of your pet's life, from how much physical activity and exercise they are able to do, to how they interact with your family and others and even how easily they can move around as independently as they used to.
But your pet need not suffer, and you don't need to do the back-breaking work of carrying them around. Mobility aids are here to help.
- How will I know which mobility aids my pet needs? How can they help?
Our team at West Chester Veterinary Medical Center can help your pet walk and navigate obstacles such as stairs. With tools such as strollers, there's no need to stop the walks you and your pet used to enjoy and with non-slip booties, you can be assured they can get up even from a lying down position, without slipping.
A wide range of mobility aids can help improve your dog's quality of life.
- What can I do at home to improve my pet's mobility?
If your dog is diagnosed with mobility issues, you can take preventive measures at home such as creating a regular exercise routine, providing natural remedies or medication recommended by your vet, being thoughtful about the floors and your home and taking other measures. Consult your vet for recommendations.