Laser Therapy

In: Dog & Cat Health, Dogs & Cats (Misc.), Rehabilitation

Takoma Park Animal Clinic has a new healing laser, the MR4 ActiVet. A LASER is a medical device that uses light waves to enhance healing in the body. There are several types of medical lasers that you may have heard about. Surgical lasers are used to cut and cauterize tissue, which reduces bleeding and speeds up healing. Class IV lasers use a wand with light waves that are moved in a sweeping motion over the affected area. The MR4 Activet ...

Can Acupuncture Help My Pet?

In: Acupuncture, Rehabilitation

Acupuncture works with underlying energy and can be used in animals for most conditions.  Some of the issues I’ve used acupuncture to effectively address include kidney failure, arthritis, liver related issues (hepatic lipidosis), behavior/emotional issues (aggression, anxiety, fear), necrotic ears (tissue dying from lack of blood flow), severe itching, back problems (pain, protruding spine, degenerative myelopathy), lupus and leg injuries (see my website for other uses).  It can also support recovery or address side effects related to regular medical treatments ...

Does your Pet Need Physical Rehabilitation?

In: Rehabilitation

The physical rehabilitation of animals is a new area of veterinary medicine which has become essential in providing the best opportunities for our pets to recover from orthopedic surgery, soft tissue injuries and beat the pain and immobility of arthritis. Athletes, non-athletes, working dogs and geriatrics can all benefit from veterinary rehabilitation. Indications for rehabilitative therapy include but are not limited to post operative recovery, neurological conditions, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease, pain control, sports related injuries, performance problems, weight loss ...

Swimming Is Good Exercise for Dogs and Horses

In: Dog Health, Holistic Medicine, Rehabilitation

Just as swimming is an excellent way to get fit for humans, it is also good for dogs and horses. Swimming provides an aerobic workout that strengthens the heart and lungs, cuts weight, tones and builds up muscles, and provides an enjoyable break from the normal exercise routine. For animals that have leg, foot, muscular or skeletal problems that make exercise painful, or are rehabilitating following surgery or injury, swimming provides a weight free form of exercise that promotes healing. All ...

There is a Whole New World of Veterinary Medicine

In: Dog & Cat Health, Rehabilitation

Well, rehabilitation may be the answer to your problems. Rehabilitation is a wonderful new field of veterinary medicine, similar to physical therapy that is performed on people. Rehabilitation can be of benefit for animals with arthritis, knee injuries, muscle injuries or weakness, spinal problems, and in any animal recovering from an orthopedic or neurologic surgery. There are numerous benefits of rehabilitation, including decreasing the recovery time and potential complications following a surgery or injury, decreasing pain and swelling, improving joint ...

Hydrotherapy for Animals

In: Rehabilitation

Hydrotherapy is the use or application of water to promote or supplement the healing process. Hydrotherapy can be as basic as soaking sore feet, or tired muscles, in a warm bath or using swimming, underwater treadmills or water activity and massage to provide a range of motion or exercise to limbs, bones, joints, muscles or nerves. The primary advantage to hydrotherapy over traditional methods is that it is a weightless environment that promotes the use of the limbs, and provides a ...

What is Aquatic Therapy? Exercise and Water

In: Dog Health, Rehabilitation

Aquatic exercise offers many benefi ts to our pets, whether they are service pets, sporting pets, competition pets, or good old couch potato pets. One type of pool that is used is the specially designed Endless Lap Pool. It offers the smoothing effects of warm water during exercise. This allows the pet’s muscles to relax and stretch. Some other added features are water jets that help stimulate circulation and increase relaxation. Your pet with arthritic joints will have the ability to walk, ...

Orthotics and Prosthetics For Your Pet

In: Rehabilitation

In the past, animals with certain debilitating orthopedic and neurologic conditions were given a poor prognosis for recovery and improved mobility. Orthotics and prosthetics now provide hope for many of these animals. Orthotics is the science of splinting and brace making, and is primarily being used to provide limb stability, and for immobilization after surgery. Orthoses are being used for animals with limb deformities, carpal hyperextension, ligament injuries, and nerve damage (radial nerve paralysis, sciatic nerve damage, brachial plexus injuries). For ...

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