Guest Post by Matt Brunke, DVM, CVRPP, CVA, CVPP
I am a big proponent of rescue groups. There are many “discarded” dogs and cats, most of which are absolutely wonderful pets.  I have worked with Peppertree Rescue for many years and really appreciate their dedication to dogs with medical needs.  Peppertree will find out about them and [...]

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The application of laser therapy to sites containing surgical implants is perfectly safe. These implants will not heat up or be affected in any negative way when the treatment is carried out appropriately. Laser therapy is used to decrease postoperative pain while enabling the patient to experience a shorter convalescence period before returning to function.
Let’s [...]

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Icing an area after tissue trauma is one of the longest standing forms of physical therapy available to canine patients. In addition to icing, combining it with compression helps take cryotherapy to a whole other level of efficacy.  Let’s take a look at what icing with compression can do for your patients.
Cold
Applying cold to a [...]

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In the veterinary hospital, a major component revolving around the integration of a new therapy is time. How long is the treatment going to take? How many personnel will need to be scheduled to administer the therapy? How long does the patient need to be under sedation (if needed)? How long does the patient need to be in recovery?

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Cats can be challenging to treat in most hospital settings – but not when it comes to laser therapy. The non-invasive approach and soothing application lend themselves to the fear-free practice. Oftentimes, a feline patient will actually start to purr, knead, and press into the treatment head attachment, showing relief and pleasure.
Typically, the feline patient [...]

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Spinal cord injuries can have a devastating impact on a patient’s life. For the canine patient, spinal cord injuries are surprisingly common, accounting for approximately 2% of all cases that are presented to the veterinarian*. The most common forms of injuries arise from acute disc herniation, spinal trauma, fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy and chronic diseases including [...]

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For any practice utilizing laser therapy, it is crucial that a treatment design be formulated according to the types of patients that are treated, as well as taking into account the number of technicians trained to perform these treatments. Starting with a basic organization of setting out to do these treatments on a daily basis, [...]

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Intra-Articular (IA) injections are common place in human and equine medicine, whether being used for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. In particular, IA injections have been a vital component of the successful treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). While similar benefits can be achieved for dogs with OA, the use of IA injections in the small animal practice is less common.

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Light Up the Laser – Treatment Techniques to Optimize Outcomes

It is crucial to apply proper treatment techniques so that the therapy is not only delivered optimally, but safely as well. When combined, all the small details that the operator adheres to form a treatment which delivers therapeutic benefits to the patient.
The first set of proper [...]

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“What to Ask When Deciding if Pet Insurance is Right for Your Pet”
Guest Post by Diane Miller

My first foray into the world of pet insurance was when it first came out in 1982. I purchased it for my dog, Thor. Back then the benefits were limited and they reimbursed on a flat rate per condition. [...]

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