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4 Integrative Technological Approaches to Pain

Jun, 13

Today’s veterinary technology offers unique opportunities for enhancing pain management protocols, and forming comprehensive multimodal approaches to pain. Clients are increasingly concerned about the immediate and long-term effects of pharmaceutical medications – these concerns, sometimes founded (or unfounded) by “Dr. Google” have led to an increased pursuit of therapies traditionally labeled as complementary or alternative. As a modern veterinarian, you...

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Nerve Pain After Injury or Amputation

Apr, 06

Dogs with recent physical trauma or limb amputations can experience a variety of sensory abnormalities.   Dogs with neurological injuries can have partial sensory loss (unable to detect touch and feel) as well as odd sensations like burning and tingling (much like the “pins and needles” we get in our leg sometimes when we sit on it awkwardly for a while).  Some injuries can...

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Palliative Care Physiotherapy

Feb, 02

I’ve been messaging back and forth with a UK animal physio about a case that turned out to be a nerve sheath tumor.  The most recent round of discussion has been about treatment now that the diagnosis has been established.  The diagnosing veterinarian told the owner to stop physiotherapy as it wouldn’t be of any benefit.  My suggestion is palliative...

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Spinal Cord Disease in Dogs

Dec, 14

What is Spinal Cord Disease? Spinal cord disease in dogs can be very concerning to pet owners, as the symptoms are often acute, and affect their movement or control of their bodily functions. When disease occurs within the spinal cord, dogs often present with difficulty walking, loss of coordination or balance, partial or total paralysis, and/or pain. The spinal cord...

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Turmeric: Golden spice or fool’s gold?

Dec, 07

The widespread popularity of this remedy is largely based on anecdotal evidence Although cannabidiol (CBD) is the rising star dominating the veterinary market for plant-based remedies these days, there are many others that continue to be used with less fanfare by pet owners and less attention from veterinarians. One of the more popular of these is turmeric. What is it?...

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