Posts Tagged ‘frederick’

Rehabilitation – Kaylor

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Kaylor, a 15 year old Shepard mix, has been coming to Greenbriar for rehab since May of 2015. Kaylor was diagnosed with osteoarthritis, a painful degeneration of the cartilage and bone, in his hips and knees. He was having a harder and harder time getting around, prompting his parents to try to find a solution. Kaylor utilizes both the cold laser and our underwater treadmill. The laser is perfect for conditions like Kaylor’s. The laser helps relieve the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. It also improves circulation, which stimulates damaged tissues to heal. These laser benefits are perfect for…

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A Look Inside Of Our Pets

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A Look Inside Of Our Pets “Ms. Smith, this is your doctor’s office calling with your lab results.  Good news, everything is normal.” These are the type of messages we like to hear.  When we go to our doctor’s for our yearly physical, we usually have blood work associated with that visit.  We may be following a known problem, monitoring a medication or just routine screening.  This is called the “Standard of Care” in medicine.  This is something we come to expect.  It is no different in veterinary medicine. Our standard of care screening begins when our pets are young….

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My Old Dog

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My Old Dog Lately, I have been reminded over and over again that my dog is getting older. Lilly will turn 10 years old on May 2nd. I am not ready. She is my oldest child and my first child. Lilly is my first puppy as an adult and was the most incredible vet school graduation gift from my parents and my aunt and uncle. She was 8 weeks old when I went to pick her out. She was quietly playing with a stick minding her own business while the other eligible puppy jumped and greeted me at the gate….

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Jerky Treats From China… Beware!

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For the last year or so, there has been a lot of debate about these Jerky treats imported from China. About a year ago, I saw a case of this myself. I had a dog who was only 2 years old who was having blood work consistent with kidney disease. We took the dog off these treats and it miraculously was cured of kidney disease. THAT WAS THE ONLY TREATMENT. I cannot believe these treats are still on the shelves. Now, it has been learned, the treats contain DEET and amantadine. The treats have still not been pulled off the…

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What To Expect When Boarding Your Pet

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What To Expect When Boarding Your Pet When you are getting ready to drop off your furry, feathery or scaly family member to stay with us. Here is a checklist of things to consider before you leave your beloved pet with us. Food You may bring your own food for your pet if you want but we do ask that you place it in individual baggies per meal with the pet’s name on it so we know it is for your pet and that is the amount you would like us to feed them. Any time you or your pet…

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Rehab Patient Portal: Chantilly “Tilly”

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Tilly, a young bulldog mix, was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and elbow dysplasia just a few months ago. Her condition manifested in a limp which plagued her and finally kept her from going into day camp here at Greenbriar, one of her favorite things to do. Tilly is such a happy and social girl, so a diagnosis of arthritis, which will progress as she ages, and dysplasia of her elbows really had the potential to put a damper on her happy spirit and active lifestyle. Lucky for Tilly, once she was diagnosed, her owners got her started in rehab right away….

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Lyme Disease

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Ticks! Ugh! Those little blood suckers give me the heebie jeebies. Not only do I have to worry about my dogs getting them, but I have to worry about my kids, and even me getting them. The worst: Lyme disease. According to the CDC, over 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year. Each year! Holy cow, that is a lot. In dogs, I am pretty sure it is even higher. The problem with dogs is so many are exposed but so few show symptoms.  Is my dog at risk? I mean, I only walk it on the side-walk…

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Static and Dry Skin, Welcome to Winter

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This time of year we love to cuddle under our blankets by the fire or just keep our heat turned up to a comfy temperature. I don’t know about you, but all these comforts come at a cost. My skin cracks, my socks stick to my sweaters out of the dryer, and my hair just sticks straight up from static. We need moisture! This is also true for our pets. Their skin gets just as dry but applying lotion to their entire body is just not practical. My solution, fish oil supplements.  Not just any fish oil, Omega 3 fatty…

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Osteoarthritis

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Osteoarthritis, also known as OA, degenerative joint disease (DJD) or simply arthritis, is a degenerative condition affecting the cartilage surfaces that line the ends of the bones as they articulate in the joints of the body.  Predisposing factors for the development of OA in dogs are orthopedic conditions of growing dogs known as OCD (osteochiondritis dissecans) and forms of dysplasia, trauma (such as fractures, especially those involving the joints), conformational abnormalities (such as angular limb deformities or as in chondrodystrophic breeds, like Dachshunds), or simply being of a large or giant breed of dog. OCD is a condition where the…

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