Dr Dyke, Osteoarthritis, Goya discussed on Let's Talk Pets
Like what's called laser therapy? We can do therapeutic ultrasounds. We can do neuro muscular electrical stimulation, some of these exact same things that they do to people when we go to physical therapy. We can also develop protocols and exercises for cats that will allow them to build up muscle, but not put them at risk of becoming injured. The cats are a little different than dogs when designing physical therapy programs. A lot of times we have to rely more on if a cat likes, for example, chasing, a laser pointer. We can work in. Rehabilitation exercises using a laser pointer to keep the cats. Attention. If cats like various toys that are a catch to a string or something of that nature. We can again use various toys to stimulate them and engage them dogs tend to become engaged with treats. And and that sort of thing cats tend to like toys and laser pointers, and then believe it or not if we're at a facility that has an underwater treadmill? A lot of the cats actually tolerate underwater treadmill? Very well. We always tend to think of cats hate water, and they don't want to have a bath. But they tend to tolerate putting on the underwater treadmill very very nicely in that allows us to use the concept of Goya. So we can take some of the weight off of the joints. But then the cat still able to continue walking and that can really help in getting pain control and really helped in building up endurance, building up muscular strength. Well, that's really fascinating. And I've seen videos of that. And I love that you're doing physical therapy and recommending physical therapy because not only. Is rate for your cat and your cats body and managing the disease process. But it encourages you to spend time with your cat and learn how to care for your cat in the best way possible. And I love that that's one of my things. Oh, absolutely one of the things that I didn't recognize or realize this when I was going through my rehabilitation train, but it certainly strengthens and increases the human animal bond. Whether it's with a dog or a cat because this is one of those situations that many times the owner is involved when they come to physical therapy. They're involved in seeing what's being done with their pet. But at the same time, just like when we go to physical therapy, and our physical therapist says here all the exercises. We're going to do today. And then when we leave they always hand us that little handouts or give us a sheet of paper and say, okay, here are the things you need to be doing at home to help us build for our next rehab session. We do the same thing in Venaria medicine. We give the owners homework to do. And so again that requires them to engage and interact and bond with their animal. Because they're having to do their homework. So that way we can make progress. The next time they come in for the rehab session. Well, I love it. So we've talked about osteoarthritis, which is sort of the hidden pain for cats and a lot of cats are affected with that. But there are some other things associated with bones and joints of cats that I want to talk about. So we're gonna get a quick word from our sponsors and come back with Dr dyke is to talk about some other issues of orthopedic things in cats. Well, before we go to break, I want to tell you about something really cool that I have discovered and it's called pretty litter cat litter. Now, you might think that cat litter is not really something to get excited about, but I'm a veterinarian so gross things tend to excite me. Now, the cool thing about pretty litter though, is that it has a built-in health monitoring system. So it changes colors and kind of helps you keep tabs on your cats urinary health. So that you know, when it's time to call your own veterinarian other things about it. That are super cool is that it's lightweight the whole entire bag. Only weighs four pounds and it lasts for an entire month for one cat..