Posts Tagged ‘hydrotherapy’

Lilly Rehabilitation Week 3

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Let the strengthening begin! So after I identified my old girl was having issues, then confirmed the decrease in muscle with the measurements, it was time to start the old lady boot camp. The first exercise we have started, is getting her into the underwater treadmill. Ever see those water aerobics classes at the gym? The average age in those classes are collecting social security. There is a good reason for this. Water is wonderful! One benefit is that the water allows the dog to float decreasing the strain on their legs. This effect is buoyancy. It allows people/dogs with…

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TriCox: Another Supplement That’s Worth it’s Weight

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In the land of pet supplements, the internet can be both your friend and your worst enemy. If you search “joint supplement for dogs”, you will likely get anything and everything ranging from legitimate, helpful, information to the most off the wall claims you could imagine. So this week, I will be breaking down and explaining the ingredients in TriCox, what they do, and why we recommend it for our patients. TriCox is one on the nutraceuticals that we often recommend to our rehab patients. It is a chew that your dog can take just like a treat, and we’ve…

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Hydrotherapy- What is it really?

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As many of you know, the phrase “hydrotherapy” comes up often in our blog posts. As does “cold laser therapy”, and a slew of supplement names. I was brainstorming over this last week, and decided that I want to give you, our readers, a little more insight into what exactly these terms mean and how they work. So for the next few weeks and intermittently moving forward, some of our entries will focus on the different components of rehab as well as our amazing clients. The first topic I want to cover is hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is defined by the medical…

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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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