Overcoming Decreased Movement

Mobility in Pets
Doberman Pinscher lays on the ground with his head up and eyes towards the camera. His back is covered with LightPads to administer light therapy.

Patient Profile


Saber, a remarkable 13-year-old Dobermann Pinscher, faced significant challenges. His MRI revealed three affected areas of his spine. His owner observed a gradual increase in ataxia, a lowered head carriage, and the development of fecal incontinence. Given his substantial size, the owner was particularly concerned about Saber’s ability to transition from recumbency to standing independently. Concurrently, Saber was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).

Saber embarked on a transformative journey with us, undergoing various Phototherapy protocols tailored to his unique needs. Thanks to these treatments, Saber not only maintains his mobility but also enjoys several miles of daily walks with his devoted owner.

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Watching our beloved pets struggle with decreased movement, whether it’s weakness, incoordination, limping, or even paralysis, can be heart-wrenching. These mobility challenges can affect pets of all sizes, from dogs and cats to small animals and majestic horses. In this article, we will explore the causes of reduced mobility in pets, common symptoms, and how PetLight Therapy Center’s expertise in phototherapy can offer a ray of hope by enhancing their recovery and quality of life.

Understand Decreased Movement in Pets

Decreased movement in pets can manifest in various ways, each indicative of underlying issues:

  • Weakness: A pet’s muscles may lose strength, making it difficult for them to stand, walk, or perform daily activities.
  • Incoordination: Pets may display unsteady movements or a lack of coordination, often leading to frequent stumbles or falls.
  • Limping and lameness: Limping is a clear sign of discomfort or pain, and lameness can result from musculoskeletal issues.
  • Paresis: Paresis refers to partial paralysis, where pets experience muscle weakness and difficulty moving one or more limbs.
  • Paralysis: Paralysis is the inability to move one or more limbs or even the entire body and can have various causes.

Learn Common Causes of Decreased Movement in Pets

Numerous factors can lead to decreased movement in pets:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions: Arthritis, muscle injuries, and ligament tears can result in limping, lameness, and weakness.
  • Neurological disorders: Conditions such as intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) and degenerative myelopathy can cause paresis and paralysis.
  • Infections: Certain infections can lead to muscle weakness or neurological symptoms.
  • Trauma: Accidents or injuries can result in various forms of mobility challenges.

Review Symptoms of Decreased Movement in Pets

Recognizing the signs of decreased movement in pets is essential for timely intervention:

  • Reluctance to move: Pets may hesitate to stand, walk, or play.
  • Altered gait: Changes in the way they walk or run, such as limping or an unsteady gait, may be noticeable.
  • Pain or discomfort: Pets may vocalize, show signs of pain, or exhibit restlessness.
  • Loss of coordination: Difficulty maintaining balance or frequent stumbling can occur.

Transform Mobility Challenges into Success Stories

PetLight Therapy Center specializes in helping pets regain their mobility and overcome conditions that cause weakness, limping, paresis, and paralysis. Our expertise extends to dogs, cats, small animals, and even horses.

Learn How Phototherapy Can Help

Phototherapy, also known as light therapy, is a non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment option that offers hope to pets facing decreased mobility:

  • Pain relief: Phototherapy stimulates the release of endorphins, providing natural pain relief for pets.
  • Reduced inflammation: It helps control inflammation, minimizing tissue damage and promoting healing.
  • Improved muscle function: Phototherapy can enhance muscle function, helping pets regain strength and coordination.
  • Neurological support: For pets with neurological disorders, phototherapy can support nerve function and improve motor skills.
  • Non-invasive and safe: Phototherapy is a safe and gentle treatment option, minimizing risks associated with more invasive procedures.

Choose PetLight Therapy Center for Mobility Solutions

At PetLight Therapy Center, we understand the challenges of decreased movement in pets, and our team is dedicated to helping your furry companions regain their mobility and zest for life. Our proven expertise, backed by phototherapy’s remarkable results, sets us apart in the field of pet rehabilitation.

When you choose PetLight Therapy Center, you’re choosing a compassionate partner in your pet’s journey toward improved mobility and a higher quality of life. Whether you have a dog, cat, small animal, or even a horse facing mobility challenges, our innovative phototherapy treatments can make a world of difference.

Decreased movement in pets can be distressing, but with the right approach and expert care, pets can regain their mobility and lead fulfilling lives once again. PetLight Therapy Center specializes in helping pets with weakness, incoordination, limping, lameness, paresis, and paralysis. Our dedication to enhancing their recovery and quality of life, coupled with the power of phototherapy, ensures that your pets receive the best possible care and support on their journey toward renewed mobility and vitality.

Portrait of a Malinois breed

Patient Profile


Storm, a vibrant 3-year-old Malinois, suffered a spinal cord injury while enthusiastically leaping during playtime. After initial treatment that included pain medication and crate rest, it became clear that Storm wasn’t fully regaining coordinated use of her hind limbs.

In search of a solution, Storm’s owner chose Phototherapy at PetLight. The results were impressive. Storm’s coordination improved significantly, allowing her to resume her previous activities, albeit with the precaution of avoiding high jumps.