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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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Anti-Dragging Gadgets for Hind Paws: VITAL VET REVIEW

Jun, 16

Vital Vet's Product Wizard did the research and sourced the best protection and anti-dragging gadgets for hind paws.  Here's what they have to say and their picks. There are many conditions that can cause a dog to knuckle or drag their back paws.  Some of these include degenerative myelopathy (DM), sciatic nerve injury, disc disease, spinal cord injury, cancer, and fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE, stroke).  Painful arthritis...

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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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DJ - the Rescue Dog in Bike Shorts

Mar, 19

Some animals have a hard time getting adopted from traditional shelters, particularly if they are handicapped, injured, or have a serious medical condition. That’s where Animal Lifeline in Des Moines, Iowa steps in. As a special needs, no-kill shelter - the only one of its kind in Central Iowa – Animal Lifeline rescues animals who need medical or rehabilitative care before they...

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Devices for Pets with Knuckling or Dragging Paws

Feb, 15

There are many conditions that produce weakness and can lead to knuckling or dragging of the front and hind paws and limbs.  Conditions that can affect the hind legs include degenerative myelopathy (DM), sciatic nerve injury, disc disease, and spinal cord injury.  Brachial plexus and radial nerve injuries can cause front paw knuckling or limb dragging. A fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE) can affect either...

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