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FUNdamentals K9 Conditioning Course by Jana Gams, DVM, CCRP
MASSIVE SHOUT OUT! It's an honor and pleasure to officially introduce Dr. Jana Gams to the Vital Vet community!! "Think Before You Throw" and "Is Sloppy Sitting Something to Worry About?", are two of Vital Vet's MOST POPULAR articles - both written by Dr. Jana Gams. Check them out if you haven't done so yet. Many of you are asking for more from Dr. Gams. Well, here it is: Dr. Jana Gams is...
Cohesive Bandage Can Be Used For Traction and To Reduce Scuffing
Slipping or scuffing on hardwood or tile floors? Cohesive bandage (e.g., VetWrap) works well to reduce slippage and scuffing when used properly. In this video, Vital Vet expert Ilaria Borghese demonstrates how to apply VetWrap safely and for maximum impact. VetWrap Link Author: Ilaria Borghese, MS, MA, OT, Thera-Paw, Inc., STAAR Conference, Vital Vet Other Related Publications Traction for Weak, Unstable, or Injured Pets Custom Bracing for Pets with Injuries...
Dog Dementia: What is Canine Cognitive Dysfunction?
Cognitive dysfunction is a progressive degenerative process associated with a pet’s brain aging. It is similar to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It can have a major effect on the dog's behavior, mood, and routine activities. The pet owner may see changes in their pet’s alertness, responsiveness to stimuli, altered learning capability, and a decrease in the pet’s memory. What causes cognitive dysfunction in dogs? The exact cause of this...
The importance of massage for older dogs
The longer we are on the planet the more we use and overuse our muscles. As we mature, repetition of certain movements such as walking, moving from sit to stand and bending can affect our muscles and joints and cause a reduction in mobility. This is the same for dogs too and why massage for older dogs is an important part of the quality of their older years. Massage therapy...
A Senior Dog Checkup: What to Expect
Is my dog a senior? If you’re reading this article, this might be your first question. Most of us have an idea of when people are considered to be “seniors,” but what about dogs? A straight linear multiplier was once used to convert people years into dog years, but that was never really accurate. In fact, it is even harder to determine an age equivalent for dogs than it is...
Preventing Injuries in Canine Athletes
Many dogs engage in regular physical activity and can be considered athletes even when not competing or on active duty. Here’s how to help prevent injuries. The focus of modern healthcare is to prevent injuries and disease. Dogs, like humans, are enjoying longer active lives and many people are looking for progressive medicine that integrates a variety of care approaches for their pets throughout each stage of life. Many dogs...
8 Things You Didn’t Know About Canine Laser Therapy
Have you heard the buzz about laser therapy for dogs? In a surprising twist, lasers were first used on humans 40 years ago, long before they were used on animals. There are decades of research to show that lasers are safe and effective for people, and the technology has finally moved into veterinary medicine with Class IV “cold lasers.” These lasers are being used to treat a wide variety of...
How to Treat a Dog Paw Pad Injury
PAW INJURIES, CRACKED PADS, PAW LICKING, BOOTS & SOCKS (click here) ----------------------------------------- How to Treat a Dog Paw Pad Injury Your dog’s paw pads are an essential part of his overall health and wellbeing. They protect the bottom of your dog’s foot from rocks and debris. Although a dog’s paw pads are pretty tough, dog paw pad injuries are quite common. They can be caused by a variety of things, including sharp objects, hot...