Rehabilitation

Recovery & Rehab
Canine Gait Analysis

Gait evaluation typically includes visual and/or subjective observation of the dog from a number of angles at both the walk and trot on a flat surface. To the trained eye, lameness can often be detected upon gait evaluation. However, a more subtle lameness may not be apparent on subjective gait evaluation and can be difficult to detect.

Practice to Practice
Canine Orthopedic Devices

Brittany Jean Carr, DVM, CCRT, and David L. Dycus, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal) Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, Maryland Orthopedic devices can be used to supplement or replace surgical treatment of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) insufficiency, shoulder injury, carpal and tarsal injury, hip luxation, and limb salvage with prosthetics. Although …

Consider This Case:
Senior Cat with Front Paw Swelling & Pain

Stephanie Apple, DVM Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine Sandra Diaz, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD Ohio State University A 15-year-old castrated male domestic shorthair cat presented with a 2-month history of progressive lameness, swelling, and pain in its right front paw. HISTORY The patient was an indoor only cat. No other animals in the household were …

ACVN Nutrition Notes
Canine Performance & Rehabilitative Nutrition
Part 2: Canine Rehabilitative Nutrition

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN, University of Florida   The American College of Veterinary Nutrition (acvn.org) and Today’s Veterinary Practice are delighted to bring you the Nutrition Notes column, which provides the highest quality, cutting edge information on companion animal nutrition, provided by the ACVN’s foremost nutrition specialists. The primary objectives of the ACVN are …

Recovery & Rehab
Orthopedic Follow-Up Evaluations
Identifying Complications

Duane A. Robinson, DVM, PhD Complications can occur during the recovery period following an orthopedic procedure. The author discusses bone healing; delayed unions, nonunions, and malunions; osteomyelitis and infection; bone implant construct failures; and fracture disease in this comprehensive article. Orthopedic procedures, whether performed on an elective or urgent/emergent basis, are common in small animal …

Recovery & Rehab
Laser Therapy in Companion Animals

David Dycus, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS (Small Animal) Regional Institute for Veterinary Emergencies and Referrals (RIVER), Chattanooga, Tennessee Laser therapy use is on the rise in veterinary medicine. Discover the properties of lasers, how they work, and their use in wound healing, pain management, and rehabilitation in the small animal patient. The use of laser …

Physical Rehabilitation for Veterinary Practices

John M. Burnett and Jennifer L. Wardlaw, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Physical rehabilitation for veterinary patients expedites return to normal function, pain relief, and encouragement of optimal health for patients suffering from orthopedic, neurologic, and chronic diseases. Patients that use rehabilitation programs range from overweight pets and those recovering from injuries and surgeries to senior …

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