Care of the Geriatric dog by Joanna Reber (VN, Cert AAB)

Treatment and Care for the Geriatric Dog

I have something I want to share with all of our fantastic clients and hopefully their friends and family about a wonderful discovery I have recently made.

My old and very faithful best friend Finn just celebrated his 13th birthday. He is a wonderful black Labrador.

I truly believe we would not have reached this milestone had it not been for the specialised care of a great team of people. They have helped him cope with the pain and discomfort of old age and likely spinal spondylosis.

Two months ago I thought I only had weeks left with him and then thankfully, with love and support, he got better and better. Of course the end is inevitable but I feel now that we have been blessed with so much more time together and his quality of life has improved dramatically.

I knew about Hydrotherapy but I didn’t know first-hand the scope for its use in geriatrics and that some insurance companies will cover the cost. My main understanding had been for its use post-surgery or injury.

Finn is lucky to have the most wonderful vet in Coleen at Grove Lodge in Southwick. She is one of the kindest, most patient and knowledgeable vets I know. She has supported and discussed options along this road and liaised with everyone to make sure Finn has had the very best of care throughout.

He has been seeing Julia Martin, a physiotherapist for both pets and humans on and off since he was 5 years old and I wanted to mention her here as she is ‘Julia magic hands’ to us and otherwise known as Auntie Julia to Finn. He loves going to see her and a session with her gives me a happier dog every time.  See for more details or contact, 07802404703. Julia Martin MCSP is a Chartered Animal Physiotherapist, HPC Registered Member and Category A Member ACPAT.

The last people to join Finn’s very selective team of healthcare professionals are the team at Roundstone Hydrotherapy centre.

As anyone who knows me will know, I am extremely fussy when it comes to who looks after Finn and they have to be top of their profession. So trust me when I say I can personally recommend all of the people I have mentioned.

The team at Roundstone seem to have an unending flow of love and kindness to give to me and my dog and are also extremely professional and know more than they need to!

The facilities are lovely and welcoming as well as comfortable and they have both a pool and treadmill option.

Hydrotherapy is great for surgical and injury recovery, learning to swim, geriatrics, swimming for fun and fitness and dogs with behavioural issues. Please contact us for more information on this area and we can work with you and Roundstone for the best outcome regarding behavioural issues.

For more details, 01903 850231, they are based in Angmering.

I know that inevitably the end is coming but if we can finish this journey with minimum pain and maximum dignity, quality of life and fun then I believe I will have given him what he deserves for being the truest of friends.

If you would like to know more about any of the services or people I have mentioned please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at

Wishing you and your pets a healthy and happy Winter.

Joanna Reber Cert AAB VN (co-owner and founder of Pet-Professionals)

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