Posts Tagged ‘pet safety’

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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Dasuquin

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Today, we want to keep up with the nutraceuticals we’ve been breaking down for you. There have been some great questions posed about which we recommend, if there are some that are “better” than others. Overall, we recommend the Dasuquin and the Welactin, as those are the ones with the most positive feedback from our clients. With that being said, all of the products we’ve posted here and mentioned are fantastic and have been proven to be great options for our patients. Don’t hesitate to talk to any one of our doctors if you are unsure as to which product…

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Hannah’s Rehabilitation Story

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Hannah began coming to see us for rehab a few months after her brother, another rehab patient here, passed away. She began to slow down and have many of the common troubles older dogs get, and the passing of Taz seemed to make them worse. She began both laser and hydro therapy and now comes in 3 times a week. Hannah has made great strides (pun intended!) in her mobility and is much more active. She has gained muscle in her hind end so she isn’t collapsing when she eats or stands for longer periods of time anymore. She’s even…

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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 – 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 – 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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