Posts Tagged ‘frederick’

Coughing and sneezing and itching, Oh my!

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My Dog is Coughing and Sneezing! What could be happening? I do not know about you, but I really suffer from allergies in the Fall. Ragweed, pollen mold… My kids just started coughing and sneezing this week. This started me thinking about similar symptoms in our pets. First, I want to discuss the normal respiratory system in dogs to help everyone get a clearer understanding of what is happening when coughing and sneezing occurs. The respiratory system has a lot of defense mechanisms in place to protect the airway. Think of all the bacteria and debris we inhale in a day….

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Rehabilitation – Zee Tiffany

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Zee is a lovely older gentleman who had been coming to Greenbriar for our vet services over the years. In May of this year, Zee was diagnosed with a tear of his right cruciate ligament. After having surgery with Dr. Pooya, Zee was ready to begin his rehab journey with us in June. A cruciate tear is an affliction we see regularly and the recovery is one that, if completed, allows many patients a full return to their normal lives. In Zee’s case, one of his favorite things are walks around his neighborhood with his Mom, and sitting at the…

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Laser Therapy- The Actual Facts

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Last month, a long time Greenbriar regular began coming to me for laser therapy. He had begun to show signs of many classic older dog problems that materialized in weakness on his hind end, being unable to go up and down stairs, struggling to stand up from laying down, and generally losing his ability to get around well. Discussions had even been had about his quality of life and whether or not he was really happy anymore without being able to do so many things he’s always enjoyed, like our day camp program. At one of our trainer’s recommendations, he…

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Rehabilitation – Sasha

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This beautiful girl is Sasha, a rottweiler with a heart of gold. Sasha has been on quite a journey through rehab, and no one can tell it better than her mom, Angelin. Let me start with giving a Huge THANKS to Erin who made it possible for my Sasha to return back to doing what she loves the most- being outside playing. Sasha is my 7-year-old Rottweiler who was diagnosed with a complete CCl tear on her left knee in December of 2015. I took Sasha to VOSM to get a TPLO surgery done and they did a phenomenal job….

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Rehabilitation – Capone

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Capone is a 6 and a half year old French Mastiff who came to Greenbriar after being diagnosed by his primary veterinarian with hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a genetic abnormality of the hip joints causing pain, inflammation and in many cases, arthritis. This condition occurs when the bones don’t fit snugly into the hip joint, creating friction and pain. Often times, the body will try to create scar tissue to protect the joint, which unfortunately, only adds to the problem. Dogs suffering from hip dysplasia often have mobility problems, difficulty getting up from a sitting position, muscle loss in…

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Rehabilitation – Rufus

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Rufus, a big, goofy, bundle of but love and energy, has just recently become part of our rehab family. Just a few days shy of his first birthday, Rufus had to undergo a complicated and difficult surgery called a ulnar ostectomy. A pin was placed through Rufus’ ulna to correct a painful and debilitating bow in his leg.  It was a lengthy surgery which required a strict recovery plan. Rufus spent time after surgery in a cast that went all the way up to his elbow. This gave the bone the stability and support it needed to heal. After his…

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Rehabilitation – Melody

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While many of our rehab patients begin their journeys with us due to a surgery or chronic problem, some of them find themselves needing laser or hydrotherapy due to every day accidents. Melody started out in just that way. Beginning in the winter of 2013, Melody came up lame after tripping on some stairs. We recommended laser therapy. Melody’s parents were eager to get her started, as they had experience with our cold laser therapy before with Melody’s brother, Charlie. After a short course of rest and laser, Melody was back to her playful self. About a year later, the…

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Greg and Libby

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Greg and Libby are two adorable Italian Greyhounds who have just recently become a part of our rehab program. At only 11 months old, both of them are full of energy and are a perfect fit here at Greenbriar! At barely 9 months old, Libby found herself with a sprain of her left knee. She was playing with her brother and took a little tumble and came up sore. After being evaluated, Libby began both laser and hydrotherapy. Safe in her Mom’s arms, which is one of her favorite places to be, Libby quickly got used to the laser treatments…

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Rehabilitation – Finnegan

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Finnegan has been coming to Greenbriar since November 2015. His parents found our rehab program after searching for a way for Finn to get more exercise. Finn had so much energy, they were finding it difficult to get him the amount of exercise he needed. Finn was the perfect candidate for our water exercise program, and jumped in paws first. He hasn’t looked back since! Unlike some of our other patients, Finn uses the tank strictly for exercise. While the warm water provides the same comforts as it does for our patients in need of recovery, it functions more as…

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Rehabilitation – Bailey

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Bailey Klein is one of our happiest patients, and has been lighting up the rehab department since Spring of 2014. Bailey has had 3 major orthopedic surgeries; both of her cruciate ligaments(ACLs) needed repairing, as well as a painful luxating patella(moving kneecap). Bailey got started right away with her rehab. In Bailey’s case, both the cold laser therapy and our underwater treadmill were needed  as a part of her rehab plan. The cold laser was started soon after her surgery, with the underwater treadmill coming in later on, about 4 weeks after her procedures. The laser was critical in helping…

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