Posts Tagged ‘rehab’

Moxie’s Success Story

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Moxie is a beautiful older lady who came to us after she started having some trouble getting around. She wasn’t able to get up on her own and was really having a hard time using the stairs. After her initial evaluation, we got her started on a plan made just for her that included laser, some floor exercises, and hydrotherapy. After a couple months of work, Moxie has made a real 180 degree turn around. Not only is she back to her old habits, but she has the energy and abilities to keep up with her new little brothers! Moxie…

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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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Rehabilitation Lilly Week 1

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Now I have told you the back story of my old dog. Last week we began her rehabilitation process. First, we started by doing measurements. We measured all the angles of her joints in her hind end. We use the same instrument the human Physical Therapists use called a goniometer. Luckily, for Lilly, her joints are actually pretty flexible. However, when we began measuring her thigh girth, we quickly realized she does not have much muscle in her hind end. I took a video of her trying to get up which you can see is very hard for her. I…

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Rehabilitation – Lilly

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This is my first born, Lilly. Lilly was a graduation present to me from my parents and my aunt and uncle from veterinary school. She has taught me so much about being a veterinarian and even more about being a pet owner. I have been diligent about doing annual blood tests, exams, and recommended vaccinations. She has been a huge part of my veterinary life and anyone who had ever worked with me knows Lilly well. This May, Lilly will turn 13 years old. Ack. It is so hard to face that your puppy has become a senior. In the…

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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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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 – 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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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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