Physical Rehabilitation at Veterinary College Enhances Pets’ Quality of Life
After developing hind limb weakness from neurologic causes, as well as general soreness and decreased mobility because of arthritis, 11-year-old black Labrador retriever Saint was referred to the college’s physical rehabilitation service by his veterinarian, Virginia Tech alumnus Thomas Blaszak.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Rehab RX: Early Rehabilitation Modalities and Exercises
Debbie Gross Saunders, DPT, MSPT, CCRP, Diplomate ABPTS Physical rehabilitation of dogs is becoming more common in veterinary medicine. Rehabilitation tools may be employed on many levels for the canine client, starting with basic rehabilitation practices; then expanding based on the level of care the practice would like to offer. A multimodal approach should be …
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 …