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Nerve Pain After Injury or Amputation

Oct, 25

Dogs with sensory loss, abnormal sensation, or hypersensitivity can benefit from a sensory re-education and/or desensitization plan (see Vital Vet Sensory Protocol below).  The plan should be integrated as part of an overall rehabilitation program including therapeutic exercises, functional activities, pain management, and limb or stump protection. What causes sensory loss, abnormal sensation, or hypersensitivity? Neurological injuries - like brachial plexus and...

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Does My Dog Need a Leg Brace - What I Need to Know

Oct, 20

There are many reasons why a dog might benefit from a leg brace.  Some of the more common include: Wrist or ankle arthritis or pain (lameness, limping) Injury, sprain, or strain Deviation or deformity of the joint Protection against injury Support for the remaining limb after leg amputation varus (outward bowing), hyperextension, valgus (inward bowing) of the wrist Leg injuries...

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Great Trick for Using Pawz for Anti-Slip

Feb, 01

Dog Boots The trouble with using dog boots to provide indoor traction is that a dog's paw is essentially round, and booties (or anything that is not really snug and form-fitting) tends to spin on the dog's paws.  Then, you end up having the "traction" tread material on the top of the foot and the slick non-treaded material at the bottom of the...

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Cohesive Bandage Can Be Used For Traction and To Reduce Scuffing

Dec, 21

Slipping or scuffing on hardwood or tile floors? Cohesive bandage (e.g., VetWrap) works well to reduce slippage and scuffing when used properly. In this video, Vital Vet expert Ilaria Borghese demonstrates how to apply VetWrap safely and for maximum impact.  VetWrap Link  Author: Ilaria Borghese, MS, MA, OT, Thera-Paw, Inc., STAAR Conference, Vital Vet Other Related Publications Traction for Weak,...

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How to Care for a Three-Legged Dog

Sep, 14

More veterinarians and dog parents are realizing dogs that lose a limb to cancer, injury or birth defects can survive — and even thrive — on three legs. What’s more, three-legged dogs show a resilience and determination that the rest of us can learn from. What to Do if Your Dog Needs an Amputation Jerry, the dog who inspired Rene...

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