Improving mobility and quality of life for retired service dog
From Megan Zalecki
An 11-year-old black Labrador retriever, Saint, is a retired service dog from Saint Francis Service Dogs of Roanoke, Virginia. When he began experiencing mobility issues and hind limb weakness, his new owner sought out rehab services to improve Saint’s quality of life.
Now that Saint regularly visits the veterinary college’s Rehabilitation service (https://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vth/services/rehabilitation/), he has made a significant turnaround. “He has a job again,” said Flori Bliss, a licensed veterinary technician who works with Saint. “He really lights up.”