The Most Common Reasons Dogs Get Rehab Therapy at Scout’s House

Our post on how to keep your dog out of rehab sparked a conversation here at Scout’s House about some of the most common conditions we see.  We were sure we knew what we saw the most, but after running a few statistical reports, even we were surprised at the results.

Number One complaint?  Osteoarthritis–by a landslide.  Not surprising when you think about it–most animals coming in for physical rehab therapy are bound to have arthritis, along with other ailments, but we thought we saw more dogs with neurological issues.  We were wrong.

We were wrong, too, about the second most common complaint: knee problems related to the cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL.  Many of the dogs we’ve seen were recovering from one of the various surgeries used to fix a CCL rupture–TPLO, TTA, tightrope, or extracapsular–although a handful were hoping to avoid surgery with conservative management.  Of course, some of them had had surgery years before and were having problems with that knee (or stifle) now.  Can you say arthritis?

And while we would have guessed stifle problems were the third most common complaint amongst our patients, disk issues win there.  Intervertebral disk disease, disk ruptures, laminectomy surgeries–we see them all.

Wrapping up our Top 6: unidentified “rear limb weakness,” hip dysplasia, and degenerative myelopathy.

Coming up next:  Some of the unbelievable predicaments our patients have gotten into–and ended up in rehab because of!

One Response to “The Most Common Reasons Dogs Get Rehab Therapy at Scout’s House”

  1. ginsing says:

    Thank you for this insight into the type of illnesses you are treating overall. I am a nine year old dog with osteoarthritis in my knee joints due to torn cruciate ligaments with my previous owner. My Mum and I are just learning about how common these conditions are in dogs (osteoarthritis and ruptured knee ligaments). Your stats are interesting. I am using a multi-modal approach to treating my arthritis and have just begun hydrotherapy to improve the mobility in my knees. – KayaDog

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