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Orthotics and the veterinary nurse
Prefabricated braces and custom orthotics enhance mobility and quality of life in many patients. The veterinary nurse can play an important role in helping these patients and educating their owners in the use of these devices. Physical rehabilitation and veterinary medicine have become intertwined over the past 20 years.1 Assistive devices such as braces and orthotics play a large part...
Report: presumed natural or shed vaccine viral exposure in unvaccinated puppies
Once a pup's residual maternal immunity has waned, he can still maintain measurable levels of immunity, despite being unvaccinated. What are the possible explanations? Some pet caregivers are reluctant to vaccinate their young puppies for even the more serious communicable infectious diseases, like canine distemper virus (CDV) and canine parvovirus (CPV). Once the residual maternal immunity from the dam has...
Hydrotherapy in canine physical rehab
The role of therapy pools and underwater treadmills in physical rehabilitation, and what to consider when adding these to your facility. Hydrotherapy, or aquatic therapy, has become an important part of physical rehabilitation for dogs. The aim is to return the patient to full function following injury, manage long-term medical conditions, and improve fitness. Both therapy pools and underwater...
Applying rehab and physiotherapy techniques to an injured dog should be preceded by a proper consideration of how the injury developed and progressed, and how it affects the health and function of the entire body.  The care of the canine athlete in performance and working disciplines is finally getting much-needed attention and awareness. While this seems to be a...
Rehabilitation therapy for canine patients improves functional outcomes post-operatively, and helps with neurological conditions, intervertebral disc disease and soft tissue injuries. The goal of veterinary rehabilitation is to provide pain management, promote mobility, and return a patient to the most functional outcome possible. Rehabilitation has become an important part of the treatment plan for animals recovering from orthopedic or neurological...
A successful and healthy veterinary practice using an indigenous healers’ approach
How integrating the idea of Shamanism into veterinary practice addresses the emotional and spiritual aspects of healing. Most of us will agree that the word “stress” has acquired new meanings that go far beyond what it meant even ten years ago. In veterinary medicine, stress has a major impact, and compassion fatigue and burnout continue to make headlines. Stress...
Herbal support for geriatric animals
Health issues, from cognitive to musculoskeletal to cardiovascular, often arise in our geriatric patients. Herbs offer beneficial affects to a variety of body systems to help prevent these problems. Gerontology is the study of declining function as an individual ages. The big picture approach to geriatric health in veterinary medicine involves supporting the ongoing effort to maintain and repair...
Hospice home care products for pets
From mobility support to hygiene to pain management, these hospice products help improve quality of life for palliative patients at home. A pet’s end-of-life journey can be extremely taxing for the client, both emotionally and physically. People are concerned about the suffering their pets may experience, and want to extend and improve their quality of life for as long...
Golden yellow powder for wound healing
How golden yellow powder, an herbal medicine descended from a classical Chinese formula, helped heal a traumatic degloving wound in an Australian Shepherd. A ten-year-old spayed female Australian Shepherd presented to the Animal Hospital of Dunedin on May 17, 2017 after suffering a traumatic degloving wound on her right rear foot. Deep tissues were exposed. After in-house laboratory values were...
Osteopathic approach to the equine thorax
There are many reasons why a horse may have restrictions in his thorax. As osteopaths, we know that immobility in one area can certainly influence other regions of the body. There are many reasons why a horse may have restrictions within his thorax. Not the least of these is that the saddle may be resting on his withers. As osteopaths,...