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THE DOG'S KNEE-Treatment Options: Part 4 of 6 in a Series
PART 4 - TREATMENT OPTIONS There are both medical and surgical treatment options for patients suffering from cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR). Medical management is sometimes considered to be more conservative than surgical treatment. It is important to understand, however, that medical management for CCLR in dogs can be very extensive and expensive. The choice to pursue surgical management may be influenced by factors such as patient size, the stage of...
How Veterinary Rehabilitation Can Benefit Obese Dogs
Canine obesity can lead to a range of diseases. Veterinary rehabilitation practices with weight loss programs will help overweight patients shed excess pounds, thereby improving their overall health and longevity. Canine obesity is not just one disease – it represents a major risk factor for a plethora of serious yet preventable health problems. That fat, adorable, jiggly Labrador in your exam room is at risk for developing diabetes mellitus, urinary...
WHY CANINE REHABILITATION?
An active, pain-free dog is a healthy and happy dog. If physical limitations or movement disorders, due to acute conditions (such as surgery or injury) or chronic conditions (such as diseases, age-related conditions or obesity), hinder your dog’s ability to move without pain, discomfort or physical distress, rehabilitation therapy can help. Common Conditions That Respond Well to Canine Rehabilitation Therapy Rehabilitation therapy can be used to address a variety of...
How Your Dog’s Waddle Walk Is an Early Indication of Problems to Come, and How to Avoid Them!
Just like many of us, some dogs tend to pile on the pounds if their diet is left unchecked. Perhaps you have noticed your dog has a waddle or shuffling walk and maybe even thought it was cute? An increase in body weight can lead to a snowball effect with long-term consequences to the movement and well-being of your pet. Thankfully, it is never too late to take action to...
Human Food for Fido: Can Dogs Eat Fruit?
It’s no secret that dogs love human food. And, as long as you don’t mind a little begging, it is okay to slip them the occasional treat. But, if you have a tendency to share your food with fido, it is a good idea to make sure what you are giving them is actually safe. Dogs’ systems are very different from the human system, which means some foods that we...
Virtual Consults for Pets - Rehab, Conditioning, and Mobility Issues
Many of you are becoming familiar with telemedicine so that you can connect with your veterinarian for a virtual appointment. A Vital Vet Pet Video Consultation is different - it's a totally new concept in virtual consultation. Here's how: You do not have to be a client of the Vital Vet Pet Consultants Our Pet consultants are the best of the best - some names you might even recognize since they helped develop the certification...
Mobility Matters: Nutritional Management of Canine Joint Disease
The disruption of normal joint mechanics may lead to or result from injury to the various components of a joint. Frequently, this injury results in osteoarthritis (OA),1which often leads to physical incapacity, pain and reduced quality of life for the affected pet. OA is the most common form of arthritis and is recognized in humans and in all veterinary species. It is often a slowly progressive condition characterized by two...
10 REASONS YOUR DOG DOESN’T LOSE WEIGHT
The reality is clear APOP’s 2017 clinical survey, showed that 56% of dogs were classified as clinically overweight (body condition score (BCS) 6-7) or obese (BCS 8-9) by their veterinary healthcare professional. That equals an estimated 50.2 million dogs are too heavy, based on 2017 pet population projections provided by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). In 2016, APOP found 54% of dogs were overweight or obese. With all of...