As a part of your pet’s pain and mobility management plan we may suggest some of the following mobility aids. By adding in some of the following tools it can make a considerable difference to your pets mobility.
Dr. Julie Buzby developed Toe Grips to help our senior dogs who struggle with gripping slippery floors as they age. Just as falls can be a significant risk to geriatric humans, they too can be dangerous to our geriatric dogs.
Toe grips simply slip over your dog’s nails and provide them with a grip on slippery tiles, vinyl, floorboards or laminate. You can find out more information about how toe grips work and how they are applied here. We are stockists of Toe Grips and are able to fit them for you during your pet’s appointment.
We can help make recommendations for the basic mobility harnesses however for more specific joint support harnesses we will refer you to one of our veterinary physiotherapists who can not only make the correct recommendations for yr u pet and fit the harnesses but will also be able to provide you with exercises to help improve mobility.
Ramps and Steps
Ramps and small steps can be particularly helpful for dogs and cats who struggle to get up onto the bed or couch but still desperately want to be where they have always slept. It is important to ensure any ramps or steps have a non-slip surface, that they are not too steep, that the steps aren’t too big and that they are a safe width to ensure your elderly pet does not fall.
Ramps can also make getting in and out of high cars easier for large dogs who can be difficult to lift. The same guidelines above apply to car ramps.
Wheelchairs or Carts
Elevated Food and Water Bowls
My old boy Jack had arthritis in his elbows and some hip pain. There was a considerable improvement in how much easier Jack found it to eat when I elevated his food bowls. He would no longer struggle to get his head down the level of the food bowl, slip on his front feet and generally appear uncomfortable when eating.
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