Posts Tagged ‘pet health’

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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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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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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Rehabilitation – Zoey

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Zoey has been a rehab patient of Greenbriar’s since May 2015, when it was discovered she had trouble with one of the tendons in her left hock. Even though Zoey was still bearing weight on her leg, her owners noticed some swelling and  after seeing their previous vet, came to us for a second opinion. Zoey was diagnosed with a possible stretch injury or partial tear of her injured Achille’s tendon. Zoey began both laser and hydrotherapy. Luckily, with this conservative management, Zoey was ultimately able to avoid a costly surgery. Initially, the combination of both the underwater treadmill and…

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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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Give Us A Kiss

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“Give us a kiss” Nothing says “love” more than a big lick across the face. However, lets take a step back and think about what is really in a dog or cat’s mouth. I don’t know who came up with the myth concerning dog’s having cleaner mouths than humans, but they could not have possibly had a dog. For one thing, they love to clean up the yard and to clean out litter-boxes. Ew! Then, dogs and cats lick themselves. All over. They do not discriminate what part of their body they are licking. Above all, they do not even…

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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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