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Ataxia in Dogs

Sep, 22

A dog's four legs work in a coordinated manner to get him from point A to point B, but sometimes the legs don't work quite as they should or the central nervous system doesn't communicate properly with the head, body, or legs. This makes a dog wobble and have problems moving around. This uncoordinated abnormal movement is called ataxia, and...

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Virtual Consults for Pets - Rehab, Conditioning, and Mobility Issues

Aug, 16

Since vet practices remain closed or have reduced hours, many of you are becoming familiar with telemedicine so that you can connect with your vet for a virtual appointment.  A Vital Vet Consult is different - it's a totally new concept in virtual consultation.  Here's how: You connect with experts from all over world without ever leaving your home - you do not...

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Veterinary Technicians and Neurologic Rehabilitation

May, 22

Conditions that require neurologic physical rehabilitation in humans include stroke, traumatic brain injury, and spinal cord injury.1 Physical rehabilitation therapy is beneficial and effective to help return or improve function lost as a result of these conditions in some patients.2 Neurologic disease is unique in that physical therapy has a critical role in maintenance and recovery of function. Dysfunction of...

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WHAT IS DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY? (DM)

May, 12

To put it simply, Degenerative Myelopathy is a disease that progresses mainly in older, larger dogs that ends in quadriplegia. It is the degeneration of the white matter of the spinal cord. This white matter contains fibers that transmit movement commands from the brain to the limbs and sensory information from the limbs to the brain. Eventually this disease starts...

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Lasers in Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Apr, 15

Class III and Class IV lasers have important applications in physical rehab for dogs, but proper training in the use of this therapy is essential, both for veterinarians and technicians.  My personal experience with lasers in veterinary physical rehabilitation began in 2005 with a 250mW laser used in my mobile rehab practice. At the time, any laser from 5mW to...

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