Rehabilitation

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Rehabilitation Modalities for Pain Management and Healing

Pain management is often at the heart of the vitally important veterinarian-client-patient relationship. This article focuses on select rehabilitation modalities that, when Incorporated into a multimodal pain management program, can help reduce pain, enhance tissue healing, increase patient function, and improve quality of life.

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Laser Therapy: Fact or Fancy?

Laser therapy is the result of electromagnetic energy interacting chemically and biologically with tissue, causing “photobiomodulation.” Learn more about the photobiomodulation and its effects in small animals.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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