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Strollers for Pets - VITAL VET PRODUCT REVIEW
Strollers aren’t just for children anymore. Now, there are strollers specifically made for dogs. And not just little dogs - strollers are available for most dogs, regardless of size, shape, or physical condition. And strollers are so versatile that you can walk, jog or even bike ride with your favorite furry companion in tow. Older or disabled dogs still enjoy family outings and love to be part of the action. With a...
Wagons for Dogs - VITAL VET PRODUCT REVIEW
Jane L., who's part of the Vital Vet community, wrote and asked if we could recommend a dog wagon for her beautiful 63 lbs Pittie girl, Cora. Jane had researched wagons but couldn't quite find what she needed. Cora is a big girl; she has arthritis and can only walk short distances. "Once Cora plops down, that's the signal that she needs a wagon to ride the rest of the way." said Jane, so she...
Help Painful, Weak Dogs Get Moving Again: Leda's Story
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 village" but they're soooo worth it! Reliable resources for treating...
GET A GRIP: Keeping Seniors, Injured, and Weak Dogs Safe at Home
Older dogs and those with injuries or balance issues can have trouble moving around the home, especially on slippery surfaces like tile or wood floors. Some dogs react to slippery floors by not wanting to get up or walk - they lack confidence and will elect to "stay put" rather than risk slipping. Pets that are nervous about moving around can become weak because they are less active. Other dogs are less self-protective or fearful,...
Is Your Dog Too Old to Walk? Tips on Walking Your Dog
No, your dog is never too old to walk. Now that we’ve established that, there’s a lot to discuss. We’re going to talk about things like: Can you walk a dog too much? How far should you walk an old dog? What to do if your old dog won’t walk How to help a dog with mobility issues Why is it so important to walk your old dog? Sadly, many...
Palliative Care Physiotherapy
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 care if the owners are interested and willing in nurturing...
Great Trick for Using Pawz for Anti-Slip
Dog Boots The trouble with using dog boots to provide indoor traction is that a dog's paw is essentially round, and booties (or anything that is not really snug and form-fitting) tends to spin on the dog's paws. Then, you end up having the "traction" tread material on the top of the foot and the slick non-treaded material at the bottom of the foot. The other issue is that most dog boots are not...
He's 13 Years Old And Has Had 16 Surgeries But Benny Remains ‘THE HAPPIEST PUP EVER’
A VITAL VET Publication: "Options" - that's what pet parents need. What are the options for my pet? How do I know what to choose? Here at Vital Vet, that's what we provide - OPTIONS. Need a sling or harness? How do I keep my dog safe at home? What are my options for providing him with traction or protection? Is there a rehab professional that can help me at...