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GET A GRIP: Keeping Seniors, Injured, and Weak Dogs Safe at Home

Jan, 21

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 even weaker by...

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Devices for Pets with Knuckling or Dragging Paws

Dec, 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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Manipulative Therapies for Hip and Back Hypomobility in Dogs

Dec, 09

Does the following scenario sound familiar? A client brings in their young to middle-aged canine athlete and claims that the dog moves stiffly, has a roached topline, has changed its gait, or is not as fast as it used to be. An examination shows no signs of lameness, but does reveal a little pain on palpation of the thoracolumbar junction...

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What Gives a Dog a Pain in the Neck?

Nov, 08

  Here, you see my cute Yorkie patient, Amort, looking good, but the past week has been anything but a good one for him. He lost his appetite and at first, we thought it was his chronic pancreatitis, but his family figured out he would eat if his food was held up off the floor, making us wonder if his neck...

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VITAL VOICE: Virtual consults give you another way to help your pet without leaving home

Aug, 20

Introducing VITAL VOICE, Vital Vet's new video series featuring interviews with leaders and experts in the field of pet rehabilitation.  This episode features an interview with Jean Pavlokas, a human physical therapist and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Jean has more than 15 years experience helping dogs and cats with injuries, arthritis, recent surgeries, degenerative conditions, and weakness become more active and...

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