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Parvovirus in Dogs: Tidus’ Recovery From Parvo

Parvovirus in Dogs: Tidus’ Recovery From Parvo

Canine parvovirus is an extremely contagious and potentially fatal viral infection. The only available treatment is supportive care. That’s why parvo is one of the core vaccines. Thank you, Shaws M. Finch, DVM, for sharing Tidus’ story. Tidus’s story Tidus is my nephew Travis’s Pit Bull puppy.  I’ve never known a cuter and sweeter dog. Then Tidus stopped eating for…

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Assessing Lameness in Dogs: Measuring Leg Circumference—Cookie’s PRP Treatment for Partial Cruciate (CCL/ACL) Tear and Leg Circumference

Assessing Lameness in Dogs: Measuring Leg Circumference—Cookie’s PRP Treatment for Partial Cruciate (CCL/ACL) Tear and Leg Circumference

Muscle mass measurements are a useful tool to evaluate the use of limbs. The following methods can estimate muscle mass: limb circumference measurements ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) Measuring leg circumference is an option that is readily available and affordable. Further information: Assessing and Measuring Rehabilitation Outcomes Jasmine’s vet always said that…

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Dog Recovery Chemical Restraint: Our Use of Trazodone during Cookie’s Iliopsoas Injury Recovery

Dog Recovery Chemical Restraint: Our Use of Trazodone during Cookie’s Iliopsoas Injury Recovery

Strict rest at first, and limited activity thereafter are essential to successful recovery from injury or surgery. Keeping an active dog for re-injuring themselves during the recovery period is easier said than done. Cookie’s recovery from iliopsoas injury Poor Cookie was under house arrest to get her iliopsoas muscles to heal. Naturally, strict rest was the mainstay of her treatment.…

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