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Shoulder Injuries in Dogs

Nov, 09

Dogs can contort their bodies in incredible ways; they are amazing athletes! It's no wonder that injuries happen when their shoulders get bent or turned the wrong way.  The Shoulder Joint Shoulder joints in humans are easy to find and palpate (feel) since they lie on the outer sides of the body.  The shoulder joint of the dog is more elusive; it lies against their...

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Help Painful, Weak Dogs Get Moving Again: Leda's Story

May, 09

This awesome article was sent to us by Jeff VerHoef of Canine Mobility who worked with "Leda" the Bouvier. He was interviewed by Kate Poss, the founder and writer for This is Whidbey.  We've talked about how physical therapy, massage, braces, and anti-knuckling devices can help dogs regain mobility.  Now read Leda's story about overcoming severe arthritis and spinal stroke (FCE).  It may "take a...

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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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Video Consults Help Your Pet And Save You Time And Money

Nov, 12

If you're like me, your dog is right next to you.  Take a moment to look at them now.  Have they been a little "off" lately?  Slowing down or having more trouble getting around?  Maybe you're looking for exercises to help them recover better?  Or some braces or aids to help them move better?  Maybe you don't know if there's something wrong or even...

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Electrostimulation Helps Increase Muscle & Decrease Pain

Aug, 31

WHAT IS ELECTROSTIMULATION FOR PETS? Electrostimulation is using an electrical impulse to a nerve within a muscle to help decrease pain, increase muscle strength, or both. Hang on a minute…..I’m picturing Frankenstein stuff….. When delivered appropriately and with proper training, electrostimulation should be ONLY a positive experience, particularly in our pets who can’t understand why we would do something painful...

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