Laurie's Blogs.

 

04
Jan 2020

Guest Blog - Stairs versus Ramps... and don't forget to train for it!

Hooray!  I love when I get some interaction!  After last weeks blog post, https://www.fourleg.com/Blog/441/Going-out-with-the-dog%E2%80%A6-Do-You-Need-a-Ramp,-Stairs,-or-What? I received an e-mail communication that builds beautifully on the blog.  Thank ...
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27
Dec 2019

Going out with the dog… Do You Need a Ramp, Stairs, or What?

Pet owners find it difficult to get their older or debilitated large-breed dogs in and out of vehicles.  It’s a common concern for pet parents.  Often as rehab professionals, we’re asked what we’d recommend in regards to ramps or stairs to help people ...
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20
Dec 2019

Dog Play Dangers

If you’ve been in this canine rehab business long enough, you too have likely witnessed the onslaught of injuries subsequent to rough play of dogs at dog parks or daycares.  I recently read an article on this topic and thought it would be good to share and add some com...
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14
Dec 2019

Joint Capsule Tightness

This blog is a two-part inspiration!  Firstly, I had a canine patient recently.  He’s a Canadian Champion in Field Trialing.  He’s amazingly fit.  I call him Mr. Hard Body.  His muscling is enviable!  However, he has some carpal arth...
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07
Dec 2019

Abduction Angles... Technique is important!

For many years, I’ve been teaching canine rehab students how to assess glenohumeral abduction angles.  And for years, I hear myself say the same thing.  “More Extension!”  I’ve found it interesting to see how people perform this technique, a...
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30
Nov 2019

Surfaces that wiggle...

So, the balls, peanuts, donuts, and discs are commonly used in canine rehab and in canine fitness training protocols.  Is there research to back up their use?  Well no!  However, I found an interesting (and I think, related) article from humans! Gibbons, T. J....
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23
Nov 2019

Dealing with a Nagging Injury

Do you have a patient that just isn’t getting better?  Or perhaps he/she has a recurring injury that has you (and the owner) frustrated and wondering what to do?  Well, that’s the topic of today’s blog!  Dealing with nagging injuries (usually chro...
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15
Nov 2019

Puppy Troubles Averted

Here’s another ‘true events’ blog.  This one comes from a recent litter assessment.  Oh, let me tell you how fabulous litter assessments are.  Puppy squeezing and kissing!  Who could resist that?  Okay, so I digress.  Here’s t...
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09
Nov 2019

Loss of motion or stiffness. Is it muscle, soft tissue, or capsule?

I was listening to a podcast-video the other day, and it was a Question & Answer session for physical therapists.  So the question came in:  “How do you differentiate between muscle, soft tissue, or joint capsule in the case of loss of motion or stiffness?&rdq...
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02
Nov 2019

Poopy-butt, Dingle-berries, Cling-ons, Hang-er-ons, etc.!

You might be thinking, ‘What in the world is Laurie talking about now?’  If so, then perfect!  I love attention grabbing headlines!  In today’s blog, I want to talk about dogs that have poop left behind after they defecate, or dogs that tend to &l...
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