Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries

Cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injury, the equivalent of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in humans, is the most common orthopedic problem in dogs. In 2006 an article printed in the The Wall Street Journal reported the “number of dog knees undergoing cruciate-ligament repair each year in America at more than 1.2 million – approximately five times the number of human procedures, although humans outnumber dogs in the U.S. by nearly five to one”.

What do you do if your dog needs surgery…

I asked Fred Pike, DVM, DACVS from Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego, California to answer a …   read more

Podcast Interview

In 2009 I was interviewed by Veterinarian Dr. Bryan Gregor from Timaru, New Zealand to talk about Canine Rehabilitation. Dr. Gregor hosts a regular podcast called “Animals Get Sick Too”. Have a listen for yourself. You might learn something new. I certainly have.

For more information click on The Vetpodcast link.…   read more

The Canine Athelete

Canine sports have become very popular. Injury prevention is something we should all be thinking about for ourselves and our canine athletes as we engage in these activites. Conditioning plays an important role in avoiding injury. Your regular agility classes may not be enough to get your athlete in top form for competition.  Be sure to warm-up sufficiently before your event or training session, cool-down afterwards and don’t forget to stretch. If you are not sure how to stretch or properly condition your dog consider a consultation with your local Canine Rehabilitation professional.

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Scent Work

Does your dog like to sniff? Of course they do, they’re a dog. Here’s an activity you may enjoy doing together.

Desire Snelleman from fidonfriends.com chatted with me about “Nose Work”.

AD: What is Nose Work? Are there other names for it?

DS: K9 Nose Work is a general term defining that a dog is using it’s keen nose to search for something specific, determined by us. (vs. “leisure sniffing.”) Dogs have an amazing sense of smell and a natural desire to hunt.  The sport of K9 Nose Work is designed to develop your dog’s natural scenting abilities by using …   read more