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Paw Problems (Part 1 of 4): Paw Pad Injuries, Cracked Pads, Paw Licking

Mar, 17

If you have a dog, then download, print, file this article.  Why? Because chances are high that your dog will injure their paw at some point and when that happens, here's what you need to know. Why are paws so important?  Because dogs use them for almost everything: to get around - Walk, run, jump.  Paw pads provide traction on slippery surfaces and steer pups...

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Nose Work & Target Training - Useful and Fun For All Dogs

Nov, 02

Last week, we saw a Facebook post that really caught our attention - a Corgi named Daisy competing in K9 Nose Work.  What jumped out was that this Corgi had degenerative myelopathy (DM) and was in a wheelchair, and her mom wheeled her around in a wagon, going from station to station to compete.   In their last competition a few weeks ago, this...

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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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Does My Dog Need a Leg Brace - What I Need to Know

Oct, 20

There are many reasons why a dog might benefit from a leg brace.  Some of the more common include: Wrist or ankle arthritis or pain (lameness, limping) Injury, sprain, or strain Deviation or deformity of the joint Protection against injury Support for the remaining limb after leg amputation varus (outward bowing), hyperextension, valgus (inward bowing) of the wrist Leg injuries...

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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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