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How to Help a Dog Lose Weight Safely

August 20, 2021

Most people like to give their pets little treats that they love. Some of these indulgences, however, can cause pets to gain weight. Just like in humans, obesity is a growing epidemic in pets as well.  Overfeeding at meal times is also a common mistake.  The way to a dog’s heart is not through its stomach.

Canine Rehabilitation for Hip Dysplasia

June 30, 2021

Hip dysplasia is a common orthopedic issue affecting canines. It is a condition that occurs in your dog’s hip where the socket and ball joint are malformed before birth. It happens where the two parts do not fit as they should, resulting in grinding and rubbing. In the long run, this may lead to painful joint arthritis and crippling lameness. 

Spinal Surgery Rehabilitation for K-9s

May 31, 2021

Canine spinal issues are more common than most pet owners realize. One of the most common causes is trauma or direct injury. Types of spinal injuries include disc rupture and vertebrae fracture, to name a few. Other causes of spinal problems are inflammatory and infectious diseases, tumors, and other health conditions. They usually take time to develop before signs and symptoms become noticeable. But the discomfort and impairment it causes can seriously impact your pet’s quality of life.

Knee Surgery for Dogs

April18, 2021

When your dog tears its cruciate ligament, it is not a fun time for your pet. Unfortunately, most dog owners do not realize that their canine friend can rupture its cruciate. Cruciate ligament injury, however, is a common injury in dogs. 

Orthopedic Post-Operative Recovery Therapy for Dog

April 7, 2021

There are several reasons why a pet may need recovery therapy. They include surgery, injury, arthritis, or other age-related issues. Helping the animal to return to normal function is important. Apart from improving your pet’s quality of life, your companion will enjoy being active again. Rehabilitation makes a huge difference when it comes to restoring function after surgery.

Canine Rehabilitation for Luxating Patella

April 7, 2021

Luxating patella is a common orthopedic condition that affects many dogs. Many pet owners have had to deal with the effects of the condition on their pets. A luxating patella occurs when the kneecap moves from its normal position. While the condition most often affects small breeds like Yorkshire terriers, Pomeranians, and Chihuahuas, it can also affect larger dogs. The condition can be quite painful, but fortunately, it is treatable.

Splints and Cart Fittings for Dogs

February 23, 2021

Pet orthotics refers to the use of orthotic devices for animals. These are designed specifically for supporting animals with, or correcting, musculoskeletal or body deformities or abnormalities that otherwise affect your pet’s ability to live life to the fullest.

Range of Motion Exercises in Canine Rehabilitation

February 23, 2021

Therapeutic exercises offer a host of benefits in veterinary rehabilitation. It will not only restore the stability, endurance, and strength of pet rehab patients. But it can also improve balance, motor control, flexibility, and even increase a dog’s range of motion (ROM). Abnormal ROM generally means that a patient’s joint is either too loose or too tight. When applying to increase ROM, the certified practitioner needs to identify which joint needs treatment. They also have to determine in what direction they aim to improve the range. The goal of range of motion exercises for canine rehabilitation is to gain functional capacity.

Canine Rehabilitation for Lameness

February 23, 2020

Canine lameness is an overarching term to describe a dog that starts to walk with difficulty. The limping or hobbling can be due to anatomical or pathological concerns. Anatomical lameness has to do with your dog’s limb structure. This could either be genetic or acquired. Your pet may be born with a leg deformity or suffered from a broken leg that wasn’t treated. Pathological lameness is often a result of neural or musculoskeletal pain. A sprained leg, for example, can cause your dog to walk in an unusual way. Bone or joint problems are also generally classified under this umbrella. Are you interested in how manual therapy techniques can help your limping dog? Read on to learn more about canine rehabilitation for lameness.

Benefits of DryLand Exercises in Canine Rehabilitation

November 11, 2020

Rehabilitating a canine involves some therapy techniques and exercises designed to help a dog regain its physical strength. Rehabilitation also seeks to improve or return the dog’s range of motion.

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