Posts Tagged ‘CCL’

5 Best Ways to Keep Your Dog Out of Rehab Therapy

Friday, May 20th, 2011

1)  Keep Your Dog on A Leash—You wouldn’t believe how many dogs we’ve seen at Scout’s House who suddenly bolted away from their owners and got hit by cars (HBCs, in vet med lingo).  Use a leash and you’ll spare yourself the expense of rehab—and surgery.

Daily controlled exercise will help keep your dog on the outside looking in at your local animal rehab therapy center

2)  Don’t Let Your Dog Jump Off Furniture—Little dogs especially but big dogs too can do a lot of front limb damage jumping off of beds, sofas, out of the car or SUV.  Train your dog to use stairs or a ramp or even to wait for you to put them on the ground.  (Or don’t let them on the furniture in the first place.  Yeah, right!)

3)  Put The Kibosh on Squirrel-Chasing—A veterinary orthopedic surgeon we know gives a slide show on knee surgery for dogs (CCL repair, as it’s known) and always asks the audience what’s the number one cause of CCL tears.  The answer:  squirrels.  Not hard to believe if you’ve ever seen a squirrel-crazed dog take off after her favorite fluffy prey!  Unfortunately, ball-chasing isn’t much better for dog knees.

4)  Keep Her Lean—Fat dogs are more prone to a whole host of medical problems, including arthritis, disk ruptures, and those nasty CCL tears we just talked about.  Keep your girl (or boy) lean and you’ll improve the odds for a healthy dog life.

5)  Keep Him Fit—Making sure your dog gets daily, controlled exercise is the best thing you can do for his musculoskeletal health.  Brisk walks, boisterous play sessions, any controlled exercise can help keep your dog on the outside looking in at your local rehab center.  (The key here is “controlled”—chasing squirrels or balls does not qualify!)

Want to know how physical rehabilitation therapy can help your dog? Click here.

Watch This Video Before Your Dog has a TPLO

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

If your dog has torn his cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), chances are he’ll be getting a TPLO to repair it (especially if he’s a big dog).  But did you know dogs may heal more quickly and more effectively from that surgery if they have physical rehabilitation therapy during their recovery?
Check out Scout’s House’s latest Before & After video to see just what a difference rehab can make in your dog’s TPLO recovery.  And for more information, read this abstract of a study done on TPLO recoveries with rehab and without.

“Are You Kidding Me?!”

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

by Lisa Stahr

I am not, by nature, a patient person.  I admit that.  And since hitting 50, that lack of patience has only gotten worse, thanks in equal parts to age, menopause, and this wretched economy.   And while I try–I really do–to bite my tongue, force a smile, or think kind thoughts, I often find myself having an entire conversations with someone in my head that usually starts with “Are you kidding me?!”
This morning was one of those times.
Every so often the San Francisco Chronicle runs a column where people can ask veterinarians questions about their pets.  Today, someone wrote in to say that her dog had his ACL repaired (although it’s actually called a CCL in dogs, but I digress) and that Fido still isn’t using the leg after many weeks of recovery.  What should she do?  And here’s where my famous lack of patience came into play:  two veterinarians from the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital–a facility that is famed, mind you, for state-of-the-art veterinary medicine–answered the question and neither of them suggested that rehab therapy might be considered.
Tea cup down.  Teeth set to “Grind.”  Are you kidding me?!
If there was ever a place where rehab therapy could help, this is it.  Three-legging it, as we often refer to it, is what rehab therapy was made for!  At Scout’s House, not one dog who’s come in three-legging it has left that way, including several who the referring vets were convinced would never walk on four legs again.  Are we miracle workers?  Sometimes, but not in those cases.  As long as the surgical site is sound and the recovery on track, rehab therapists can teach dogs to walk “four on the floor” within a matter of weeks.
And those vets should have known that.  They have one of the best rehab therapy facilities right under their roof, headed up by a phenomenal physical therapist who could write the book on the subject.  And one of the vets has seen–and referred to Scout’s House–several patients in need of rehab therapy.
In their defense, their answers were technically correct–“see your vet”–but they missed an opportunity to help that dog find a faster recovery and to educate pet owners that veterinary medicine has advanced, offering many of the same medical specialties you’d find in human medicine today, including cardiology, oncology, neurology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, and yes, physical rehabilitation therapy (aka physical therapy when you’re doing it on humans).
So after I calm down, I’ll write a nice email, suggesting that they mention rehab therapy the next time someone asks a question about a three-legging dog with a recent CCL repair.  I do, after all, have to work with these people.  And I’ll try to remember that a big part of my job at Scout’s House is to educate everyone, including veterinarians, about the benefits of rehab therapy, that it can–and usually does–help animals live more comfortable and more functional lives.  You just have to give it a try.

Conservative Management: An Alternative to Surgery for Your Pet

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Does your dog or cat need surgery but isn’t a good surgical candidate because of age or health issues?  Or would you just prefer not to do put your pet through another surgery?  Join us tomorrow at 1pm Pacific when Scout’s House Director of Rehab Therapy Krista Niebaum, MPT, CCRT, talks with us about conservative management, what it is, and how it might keep your pet from going under the knife.  That’s at on PDX.FM.