One of the hardest parts of being a pet owner is watching our pets age and struggle with basic functions such as standing and walking. There are many factors that should be considered when coming up with treatment and management plan for geriatric patient. Evaluating mobility and physical condition and developing a pain management protocol are some of the important considerations that should be made on a patient-by-patient basis. Often times, a variety of modalities are utilized in order to give the patient the best quality of life possible.
Fitness Evaluations & Conditioning Plans
Canine athletes are dogs who compete in events such as agility and flyball or who perform forms of work such as search-and-rescue, field trials, and herding. It is crucial for these dogs to be in peak physical condition in order to have long, successful careers in their sport or work. Fitness evaluations allow us to assess weak points in your dog’s structure or function and create conditioning plans to target those weak areas, as well as improve overall core strength, cardiovascular health, and endurance.
Evaluating and improving fitness is not just for seasoned competition dogs. Dogs who jog, run, bike, hike, and fetch a tennis ball in the backyard also benefit from fitness evaluations and conditioning plans to help avoid injury and maintain a good physical condition.