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Get Wild!

After receiving care from a veterinarian, companion animals return home and are provided with food, water, and shelter; they may also receive pain medication and other drugs, along with follow-up care to facilitate healing. Wild animals face very different circumstances after receiving care. Wildlife rehabilitators treat sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals with the ultimate goal of releasing them back to their natural habitats, where they will have to survive on their own. In spite of...

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Feline Rehabilitation: A field poised for dramatic growth

In recent years, a young field of veterinary medicine known as rehabilitation has been generating buzz among veterinary professions and the pet-owning public. This specialty, which found its initial application treating horses and dogs, is now poised for tremendous growth meeting the needs of feline patients. Cats are the number-one household pet in the United States, with an estimated 95.6 million cats found in 45.4 million American households, according to the American Pet Products...

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Rehabilitation of Equine Soft Tissue Injuries

Proceedings Of The NAVC Conference Volume 29 Treatment of all acute soft tissue injuries includes: cessation of exercise, cold therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and support bandaging when needed. An accurate diagnosis with measurement of tendon/ligament and lesion cross-sectional area is imperative. COLD THERAPY Cold therapy should be initiated immediately following injury and continued for 7 to 14 days. Therapy may be conducted with cold packs in a neoprene...

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Laser as a Therapeutic Modality

Laser stands for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” Albert Einstein first introduced this concept in 1917. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the stimulation of tissue with low energy lasers to achieve a therapeutic effect. Some of the effects at a cellular level include increased ATP production in the cells, enhancing Na-K pump function, enzymatic activation, macrophage activity, cell proliferation, release of growth factors by fibroblasts, proliferation of T and B...

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Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Practices: From Start Up to Success – Part I: Starting a Rehabilitation Practice – There’s More to Rehabilitation Than an Underwater Treadmill!

chapter-363 Have you thought about adding veterinary rehabilitation services to your existing practice, or starting a rehabilitation practice? Are you overwhelmed by the thought because you believe you’ll need to spend a lot of money buying equipment, or need a lot of space for all the rehab “toys”? For example, when you think of a rehabilitation practice, do you immediately think of an underwater treadmill? I am here to tell you that you that you can be a successful...

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Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Practices: From Start Up to Success - Part 2. Canine Sports Medicine Practice

chapter-365 WHAT IS CANINE SPORTS MEDICINE? Canine sports medicine is the art and science of providing expertise in the structural, physiological, medical and surgical needs of athletic dogs and the restoration of normal form and function after injury or illness. The field of veterinary medicine has long been involved with equine sports medicine—healing and improving the health of working horses: those that worked on farms, transported people, were an essential part of...

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Emerging Trends in Veterinary Laser Technology: Revolutioning Pain Management and Wound Healing

chapter-361 HISTORY AND PHYSICS Einstein first envisioned the concept of laser radiation back in 1917. However, it was not until 1960 that the first laser was built by Theodore Maiman. It was another 25 years or so before technology advanced enough to make lasers safer, easier to use, and cost effective. Dr. Endre Mester is credited with the discovery of the biostimulative properties of red and near infra-red light. LASER is an acronym that stands for Light Amplification by...

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How Can I Use Nutraceuticals with Rehabilitation Therapy in My Canine Patients?

chapter-362 Degenerative joint disease (DJD) also known as osteoarthritis (OA), is a chronic, debilitating disorder affecting a wide range of animal species and humans. Canine OA is a common cause of joint failure with stiffness, loss of mobility, and varying degrees of inflammation and pain. DJD is commonly caused by joint instability due to slack/lax ligaments; it can also result from strains, direct or indirect injury, and from diseased and abnormal bone and...

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Core Concepts in Integrative Veterinary Rehabilitation

chapter-364 The data on many veterinary rehabilitative techniques are sparse despite growing interest in the field. Consequently, a multimodal integrative approach may yield the best results in clinical practice in the absence of definitive data. Many conditions encountered by the rehabilitation practitioner are characterized by inflammation, pain, and a need to maximize rates of tissue healing to improve an animal’s return to function and in some cases to...

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Neurological Rehabilitation and the Veterinary Technician’s Role

Neurologic Disease or Injury have become an area of focus for Physical Rehabilitation Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians. This session will give an overview of the veterinary technician working with neurologic patients and their owners. Understanding the potential complications and risks, and implementing strategies to minimize these, can reduce the duration of hospitalization, improve patient comfort, and promote faster return to function.    Download the PDF of...

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