Animal therapy provides relief in Nashua
Nelson, of Milford, decided to take action and try to prevent any further damage caused by her dog's degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease of the spinal cord that can lead to paralysis.
"I know that he will never climb up the steps again, but this water therapy lets him do some walking, which he cannot do on his own," said Nelson, who owns Happy Paws Pet Grooming. "His father had this problem too, so I knew it was a possibility. What is important now is that we try to maintain the muscle that he has remaining."
Physical therapy for animals is popular in Europe and is making strides in the United States, said Jennifer Brooks, owner of Horse 'n Hound Physical Therapy.
She opened her Nashua clinic in June 2012, and the client list continues to grow, said Brooks, who is hoping to eventually expand to include clinics in western and northern New Hampshire.
Brooks started her career in physical therapy for humans, but ultimately was called to become an equine rehabilitation practitioner. She is a licensed physical therapist and holds a master's degree in education, with certificates in equine and canine rehabilitation from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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