Archive for February, 2011

Using Low Level Laser Therapy for IVDD in Dogs

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Great article (albeit a little technical for us lay people!) in Veterinary Practice News by veterinarian Dr. Narda Robinson on the use of low level laser therapy in dogs.  One finding cited:  “Studies in dogs suggest that LLLT improves neurologic function after IVDD.”  For dogs with disk disease, that’s exciting news!  Read more:

Laser Therapy May Work on TL IVDD.

A New Danger in Using Pediatric Medicines for Your Pet

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A blog post by Florida veterinarian Patty Kuhly, VMD, MBA, warns that the sweetener xylitol, which is toxic to dogs, is now being used in some of the pediatric elixirs that veterinarians prescribe for pets.  Read more, be informed–and never be afraid to ask your veterinarian and your pharmacist to double check that the formulation prescribed for your pet is xylitol-free:

Dog toxic xylitol in gums, mints, desserts … and now drugs | PetMD.

Dogs Can Learn to Walk Again After Disk Ruptures

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Many people don’t realize that a dog who is unable to walk after spinal surgery for a disk rupture (called a laminectomy) may learn to walk again, particularly with the help of physical rehabilitation therapy.
In this Before & After video from Scout’s House, we show a small dog who was paralyzed following a disk rupture and laminectomy surgery–and who had brain stem complications–but who learned to walk again with the help of rehab therapy from Scout’s House. In fact, this dog even walks better today than in the After portion of this video!

https://www.scoutshouse.com/videos/video_hemilam_small.html

FRIENDS & FANS ALERT: Post Your Scout’s House Story and You May Win!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

FRIENDS & FANS ALERT:  Tell us how Scout’s House’s rehab therapy service or online store helped your pet!  Just post your testimonial on our Facebook page or our blog, and we’ll enter your name to win a $50 Scout’s House gift certificate! (Can be used for rehab therapy or on our online store.  Drawing will take place at February 14th at 3pm PST.  Winner will be notified by Facebook and blog post.)

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FRIENDS & FANS ALERT: Post Your Scout's House Story and You May Win!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

FRIENDS & FANS ALERT:  Tell us how Scout’s House’s rehab therapy service or online store helped your pet!  Just post your testimonial on our Facebook page or our blog, and we’ll enter your name to win a $50 Scout’s House gift certificate! (Can be used for rehab therapy or on our online store.  Drawing will take place at February 14th at 3pm PST.  Winner will be notified by Facebook and blog post.)

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9 Great Ways to Keep A Dog from Slipping on Floors

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

1)  Get non-slip dog boots (we have a couple of good ones to recommend)
2)  Put down area rugs or carpet runners (yoga mats work really well, too)
3)  Use stick-on paw pads
4)  Strengthen your dog’s legs with rehab therapy (had to put that in!)
5)  Use baby gates to block off the rooms with hardwood or tile
6)  Carry your dog everywhere (not really an option for those of us with big dogs)
7)  Put a RuffWear harness on him and hold on to the handle (labor intensive but it works)
8)  Use an anti-slip spray (created for show dogs to keep them from slipping in the ring)
9)  Carpet the house, bathrooms included (because dogs always follow you to the bathroom)

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