Posts Tagged ‘physical therapy’

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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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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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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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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