Laurie's Blogs.

 

08
Feb 2020

Transitioning into appreciation for the ‘old dog’

This past week and a half I had two patients come in. Both older dogs.  And both facing a decline in their health.  It got me to thinking about the mindset of clients and how to get them to transition from ‘Keep my dog strong, young and healthy’ to ‘I ...
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01
Feb 2020

Post-Op CCL observations from the front line

There’s something I’ve noticed with post-op cruciate dogs.  Regardless of the surgery type, if there has been a hiccup in their recovery (prolonged swelling, inadequate pain management, concurrent or late-stage meniscal tear, infection near the plate, broken scre...
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25
Jan 2020

Metal reactivity in dogs

Quite some time ago I received a question about metal reactivity in dogs.  It’s taken me a while, but I decided to look through the literature to see what I could find.  So here we go! Kimura T (2007) described cases of contact hypersensitivity to stainless-s...
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18
Jan 2020

What kind of manual therapy do you start with?

This past weekend, I was teaching my Advanced Manual Therapy for the Canine Spine course here in Calgary.  (It’s my favourite course!  I think the information is a real game changer in rehab practice!)  Anyways, I was asked a question.  “Do you do ...
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11
Jan 2020

How wide is your pulse? E-stim settings

So, while looking up a wee factoid (milliseconds versus microseconds) in regards to pulse duration on an e-stim, I came across an interesting paper. Gorgey AS & Dudley GA.  The role of pulse duration and stimulation duration in maximizing the normalized torque durin...
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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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