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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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Help for Hip Pressure Sores: VITAL VET REVIEW

Jul, 26

Last week, Vital Vet's Product Wizard received this inquiry "My dog has DM (degenerative myelopathy) and now has a sore on his hip bone from lying on it too much.  Is there a product that can protect that area?".  Here's what the Product Wizard had to say. A pressure sore (also known as a decubitus ulcer) can happen when dogs spend too much time lying on a hard...

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Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Dec, 17

Hip dysplasia. These two words terrify large and giant breed dog owners, but the truth is hip dysplasia can happen to any size or breed of dog. This painful condition can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life and is difficult for owners to watch. The good news is that embracing responsible dog ownership and educating yourself about potential health conditions like...

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Iliopsoas Strain in Dogs

Dec, 16

Whether it’s humans or dogs, the iliopsoas muscles come up a lot in treatment of low back, pelvic, and hip pain.  This can range from muscle tightness to muscle injury, with associated levels of lameness.  The Iliopsoas The iliopsoas includes the iliacus and psoas muscles. Together they are the main hip flexors, meaning that they bring the knees to the...

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What is Canine Hip Dysplasia?

Oct, 26

Canine Hip Dysplasia typically develops because of an abnormally developed hip joint, but can also be caused by cartilage damage from a traumatic fracture. With cartilage damage or a hip joint that isn’t formed properly, over time the existing cartilage will lose its thickness and elasticity. This breakdown of the cartilage will eventually result in pain with any joint movement....

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