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Are You lasering the Brain Yet? No? Well, Get On With It Already!!

Jun, 14

Laurie Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt, CAFCI, CCRT is, in a word, the "guru" of animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy.  We can indeed call her a "pioneer" in this field, and she continues to educate, innovate, and even provoke with her weekly tutorials.  For many of us in this field, she is inspiring.  Veterinary professionals interested in following Laurie should check her out...

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He Can Barely Walk but Can't Be Stopped - Moozie's Story

Mar, 26

Moozie (AKA “Asher”) was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with a debilitating neurological condition; he wasn't expected to survive much more than a year.  Now, nearly 6 years later, Moozie shows no signs of stopping (the video at the end of this article proves his determination).  Moozie is nearly blind, needs tons of help to walk, can't feed himself or drink on his...

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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 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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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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