Our Clinicians have a specialized certification in osteoarthritis case management
In addition to treating most injuries and deficits found in canines, it means we also specialize in treating senior dogs by improving mobility, decreasing pain, and improving quality of life. Allowing these pups to optimize their golden years as best and as happily as they can.
Here is a scenario most of us pet parents dread or know all to well:
Our dog starts to have more difficulty getting around the house, going for walks, negotiating stairs, not jumping in the car or on furniture as well, and overall just not as energetic as they used to be. We take them to the vet, they perform x-rays and diagnosis your dog with arthritis. At that time, you get pain meds, anti-inflammatories and instructions to decrease activity so your pet is comfortable. Have you had that happen to you, or want to prolong this from happening?
While completing the canine rehab program, and having a dog of her own that struggled with mobility. Dr. Christine Huxley, realized that the traditional veterinary medicine model vastly under-serves senior dogs, and we have the knowledge and skills necessary to empower these pets and pet parents.
The reality is that arthritis is a normal aging process. We go through it. Our dogs go through it. But what makes a difference is how you manage it. We shifted our focus to educate pet parents and help as many senior dogs as possible. Yes, medication and rest can be used to temporarily help them feel better. However, we need to get these pups moving, help them build strength, and help them establish a regular exercise routine that involves more than just walks.
Dr. Christine Huxley (and Mia)
Dr. Christine Huxley, or Chris, has been treating humans as a Doctor of Physical Therapy for over 6 years. During the course of her PT career, she realized she was lacking the passion she once had – something was missing. She decided to combine her education and skills in physical therapy with her obsession with dogs. After 1.5 years of studying canine rehab, she officially became a Certified Canine Rehab Practitioner with a specialty in the treatment of Osteoarthritis.
While going through the Canine Rehabilitation Program at the University of Tennessee, she treated her dog, friend’s dogs, and any dogs she met that looked like they could benefit from PT. She realized that treating dogs was the passion she had been missing all along. Now, Chris has switched to exclusively treating canines.
In her spare time, Chris likes to wake up early for workouts, hike with her pup, and read in the sun. She continues to grow with each canine therapy learning experience she can, and treats shelter dogs in hopes that improving mobility can help those injured pups find a “fur-ever home.”