Posts Tagged ‘rehabilitation’

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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Electrical Muscle Stimulation Rehab

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Here at Greenbriar, we have been spending a lot of time and energy into updating, expanding, and improving our rehab department. Part of the updates that we’re making include adding new tools to our program to help our patients in their rehab journeys. Recently, Dr. Pearson and myself have begun using ESTIM, or electrical muscle stimulation, on patients. ESTIM, also called TENS, is a great tool for us in rehab and offers a wide variety of benefits. But let me back up. First of all, what is ESTIM? ESTIM, or TENS, is the use of electrical currents to stimulate muscles…

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Rehabilitation – Zee Tiffany

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Zee is a lovely older gentleman who had been coming to Greenbriar for our vet services over the years. In May of this year, Zee was diagnosed with a tear of his right cruciate ligament. After having surgery with Dr. Pooya, Zee was ready to begin his rehab journey with us in June. A cruciate tear is an affliction we see regularly and the recovery is one that, if completed, allows many patients a full return to their normal lives. In Zee’s case, one of his favorite things are walks around his neighborhood with his Mom, and sitting at 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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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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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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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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