Acupuncture Is Not Voodoo

While our modern world is gingerly re-discovering this traditional Chinese therapeutic technique, it’s origins might date as far as the Stone Age. Even though throughout modern history acupuncture had many opponents, it held its own and it seems to be slowly gaining ground. What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a technique that uses small needles to stimulate special points on your…

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ACL/CCL Injuries in Dogs: Non-Surgical Alternatives?

Did your dog suffer an ACL injury? If you are anything like I was, you are searching high and low for a non-surgical solution. Your options will depend on the severity of the injury. There is a chance that partial tears can respond to non-surgical treatment. Once the ligament is fully torn, I believe that surgery is the only effective…

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Prolotherapy: Forerunner To Stem Cell Regenerative Therapy?

Prolotherapy was the first non-surgical option we were researching as a possible treatment when Jasmine got diagnosed with a partial ACL tear. It was suggested to us by an Australian veterinarian, who has been using it to treat arthritis but felt that it might work in our case as well. After further research and consultations, we eventually decided to go…

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Talk to Me About Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in dogs. One in five dogs will develop arthritis at some point in their lives. What is arthritis? As the word suggests, arthritis is joint inflammation. This results in stiffness, pain, and degenerative changes in the joint. In older dogs, arthritis can develop as part of the aging process, but even young…

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Extracapsular Repair Healing Time

The convalescence time after an extracapsular repair is six months. When researching the TPLO surgery option, we were also told the recovery time was going to be six months. During that time it is important to follow strict post-operative care. We combined the extracapsular repair with a stem cell therapy treatment. Three months after the surgery, when Jasmine’s other knee…

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Extracapsular Repair Failure

While checking my blog traffic sources, I found that I had a visitor searching for information on extracapsular repair gone wrong in a dog. My heart goes out to both the owner and the dog. We too had a scare recently, when Jasmine, after she recovered from bilateral ACL repair, suddenly started limping on her left leg again. Fortunately, it…

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A Word on Pain

Is your dog suffering from pain? Would you know? It seems that there is a wide misconception of how much pain our dogs might have to be in for us to notice. This is important to realize. Dogs don’t go around groaning, whining and complaining. Their instinct is to hide their pain. In a pack,  a dog showing weakness will…

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Does Your Vet Listen To You?

One of the things that make our vet so amazing, and why we travel a long way to see him, is that he listens to what we’re telling him. Is that a big deal? You bet it is. By listening I don’t mean letting you talk, I mean actually listening to what you are saying and taking it into account. …

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Talk To Me About Dog ACL/CCL Injuries

I truly hope that you will never have to find out what the acronym ACL/CCL means. But if your dog develops sudden lameness in a hind leg, and particularly if he is a large breed, you might hear your vet say these letters… Image from Dog Health Handbook So what does an ACL injury mean, besides not being good news? …

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