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Boots are for the Birds! Or at Least for Penguins and Ducks!

Nov, 21

We've seen shoes and boots for feet, paws, and hooves.  But can you believe that there are also special “boots” for webbed feet?  Yup, companies like Thera-Paw, Inc. make booties for our feathered friends who are in desperate need of special footwear.  Meet "Enrique"! Photo courtesy Kimberly Washington Enrique is a Southern Rockhopper Penguin who lives at the St Louis Zoo with 19 other...

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Shoulder Injuries in Dogs

Nov, 09

Dogs can contort their bodies in incredible ways; they are amazing athletes! It's no wonder that injuries happen when their shoulders get bent or turned the wrong way.  The Shoulder Joint Shoulder joints in humans are easy to find and palpate (feel) since they lie on the outer sides of the body.  The shoulder joint of the dog is more elusive; it lies against their...

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Nose Work & Target Training - Useful and Fun For All Dogs

Nov, 02

Last week, we saw a Facebook post that really caught our attention - a Corgi named Daisy competing in K9 Nose Work.  What jumped out was that this Corgi had degenerative myelopathy (DM) and was in a wheelchair, and her mom wheeled her around in a wagon, going from station to station to compete.   In their last competition a few weeks ago, this...

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Dog Harnesses - VITAL VET REVIEW

Oct, 25

I must admit, I don't like dog collars.  I've had healthy dogs and dogs with orthopedic and neurologic issues and none of them appreciated being tugged around by their neck.  I don't blame them!  In general, harnesses provide better support and control, and definitely help ouchy dogs get around better.  For dogs with injuries or who have trouble getting around, harnesses are...

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Nerve Pain After Injury or Amputation

Oct, 25

Dogs with recent physical trauma or limb amputations can experience a variety of sensory abnormalities.   Dogs with neurological injuries can have partial sensory loss (unable to detect touch and feel) as well as odd sensations like burning and tingling (much like the “pins and needles” we get in our leg sometimes when we sit on it awkwardly for a while).  Some injuries can...

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