The Challenges of Real-Life Canine Rehabilitation: It’s Time to Get Dirty!

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Canine Rehabilitation Therapy: An Awesome Option for Many Pets!

Canine rehabilitation is a rapidly expanding area of veterinary medicine. This specialized field is represented all over the internet through informative articles and eye catching advertisements from rehab providers stating how physical rehabilitation therapy will benefit your pet. Then, of course, there are the amazing videos everywhere that perfectly demonstrate super cool rehab exercises (with well trained and healthy dogs, naturally). It all seems so easy and straight forward. Get a needy dog into the clinic, have them complete a few customized exercies and other therapies, then send them on their way with some “home work”. The road to recovery is all rainbows and sunshine, right? Well, not when you are dealing with the reality of real-life pet ownership. Daisy is a great example of the canine rehabilitation process for many of our cases.

Introducing Daisy, a Typical Post-Op Rehab Case

Mz. Daisy is a young bulldog who tore her cruciate ligament and had an artificial suture placed to stabilize her knee. She began rehab therapy 1 week after surgery and has continued her sessions once weekly for the next 10 weeks. Here is a typical day with this energetic female powerhouse: Continue…

The New Arrival of an Ancient Form of Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture

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Kathy Francis and Natalie Titus have been trained in the traditional Chinese method of veterinary diagnosis and acupuncture treatment. After completing a series of courses and passing several examinations, they have brought their new skills to our patients here.

Chinese medicine was developed over thousands of years of meticulous trial and observation. The Chinese used acupuncture and medicinal herbs to treat various conditions and diseases, and many of these treatments have proven to be scientifically helpful in our modern age of medicine.

 Who Can Benefit From This Type Of Therapy?

Acupuncture is a method of intentionally placing needles along specific meridians to cause a response. Common uses for acupuncture include pain relief, seizure treatment, general well-being, skin conditions, respiratory conditions, inflammation association with infections, urinary and fecal incontinence, kidney disease, nausea and diarrhea, and support through chemotherapy. Acupuncture can be helpful when patients cannot tolerate certain medications. We can combine the best of western medicine with eastern-based acupuncture to give our patients the optimum quality of life and range of treatments.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

How does acupuncture work? Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture releases endorphins, which are the body’s own natural painkiller. Acupuncture stimulates circulation, and also draws inflammatory mediators to help fight infection. The goal of acupuncture it to have the pet remain as comfortable and symptom-free as possible. It is often not a cure but can sometimes be as effective as a cure in how it improves quality of life. Continue…