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

Feb, 15

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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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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