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Navicular Syndrome: A Surgeon’s Perspective and Case Studies with Clodronate Injection

Navicular syndrome, often called Navicular disease, is a syndrome of soundness problems in horses. It most commonly describes an inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone and its surrounding tissues, usually on the front feet. It can lead to significant and even disabling lameness.In this course, Josh Zacharias, DVM, MS shares his experiences as a surgeon and boarded veterinarian in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Zacharias practices at Countryside Large Animal Veterinary Service...

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Latest Research and Science Related To Therapeutic Lasers

Laser therapy is an interesting modality since it is easy to perform and there are very limited side effects. It is very easy to say "let's try the laser." This is often a practical approach; however, we should have a scientific grounding of why the laser may have a positive effect. This presentation will outline some of the fundamentals of therapeutic laser technology from a scientific perspective and detail some of the new advances in research. Although therapeutic lasers...

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Turning Up the Heat - Effects of Work On Physiologic Variables, Core and Peripheral Temperatures in Working Dogs

In the last 15 years, working dogs have achieved new prominence in the United States and abroad; performing a wide variety of tasks. These dogs have been highly visible in search and rescue operations in Oklahoma and at the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. Working dogs are also used for the detection of drugs and explosives and for security and suspect apprehension. These tasks have led them to Afghanistan and Iraq as part of the war effort, countries which are notoriously hot during the...

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The Legacy of Dr. James Gannon: Revolution of Athletic Dog Care

/> The beginnings of veterinary sports medicine rehabilitation to the author‘s point of view started at Sandown Greyhound Veterinary Clinic in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in the imagination and execution of one man, Dr. James Gannon. According to his long time apprentice and colleague, Dr. Des Fegan, “He reorganized a system of Greyhound care. Pre-Gannon, it was a true fire brigade service with dogs needing to exhibit profound lameness to warrant veterinary attention. Today his...

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Regenerative Medicine for Canine Sports-Related Injuries

Soft tissue injuries are common conditions afflicting sporting and performance dogs due to the repetitive forces placed on tendons and ligaments during activities. Microtrauma to the tendons, ligaments, and the articular surfaces of joints can occur, creating an environment for strain and sprain injury and osteoarthritic development. Regenerative medicine therapy has been shown in the equine literature to allow for healing and regeneration of tendons and ligaments following injury. A similar...

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Athletic Performance Issues in Today’s Canine Sporting Events

OVERVIEW Decades ago, when veterinarians thought about canine athletics, they envisioned greyhound races. This was not a large field, nor was it particularly high impact. Today there are hundreds of thousands of dogs in North America (and worldwide) that participate in a wide variety of canine performance events, from the elite long-distance canine athletes that participate in mushing events, to the over 15 million entries in agility events sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in...

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Conditioning and Retraining the Canine Athlete

Properly conditioned working dogs perform better and are less likely to suffer injuries. When injury does occur, they are less severe and recovery is faster. In addition, fit working dogs suffer less stress and this translates to greater stamina and longevity as working dogs. This creates a win–win situation for both dog and handler. EVALUATE FITNESS A good way to evaluate a dog‘s fitness is to feel the size and tone of the core (paraspinal and abdominal) and rear limb muscles. The...

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Quantitative Comparison of the Walk and Trot of Border Collies and Labrador Retrievers, Breeds With Different Performance Requirements

chapter-406 ABSTRACT Border Collies were bred to herd sheep, an activity that requires quickness and acute, accurate changes in direction as dogs move sheep across varied terrain. In contrast, Labrador retrievers were bred to run straight to the location of shot and downed game, retrieve the birds, and return directly to the hunter. We hypothesized that these differences in function would be reflected in measurable, quantitative differences in the gaits of these two...

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Integrative Sports Medicine: Assessing the Needs of the Patient and Client

chapter-405 THE VETERINARIAN−CLIENT−PATIENT RELATIONSHIP Veterinary medicine is unique in the medical field because our patients and our clients are separate individuals with which we have different types of relationships. This has the potential to complicate our diagnostic, assessment and treatment abilities, because there are three individuals relating to each other in very different ways: the veterinarian, the client and the patient. The veterinarian and the client might have...

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Management of Distal Limb Injuries in Greyhounds and Other Working Breeds

chapter-396 The following pre- and postoperative collages of radiographs illustrate a few of the injuries that are seen in the distal extremities of canine athletes. The most diagnostic orthogonal view was chosen in deference to time and space limitations. Any of the examples could represent a case report, a lecture, or part of a publishable series. These cases generally do not require much in the way of instrumentation but do require a lot of anatomic awareness....

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