Recommended Supplements for Your Pet

Recommended Supplements for Your Pet

We may recommend supplements to aid your pet’s recovery, overall health, and quality of life.  Below we have compiled a list of these supplements, how they work, how to give them, what their benefits are, and when they would not be appropriate to give your pet.  All of these supplements can be purchased here at […]

Supportive Devices for Your Aging Pet

Supportive Devices for Your Aging Pet

Below is a list of supportive devices that we have found helpful for our patients with mobility issues around the house. All can be fitted and purchased at Walking Paws Rehab. If your pet needs assistance on walks, going up and down stairs: Help ‘Em Up Harnesses A complete shoulder and hip harness system that […]

Chiari-like Malformation with Syringomyelia (CM)

Chiari-like Malformation with Syringomyelia (CM)

What is Chiari-like Malformation with Syringomyelia (CM)? A Chiari-like malformation is when the skull is too small to accommodate the size of the brain. This causes the area at the back of the brain (the cerebellum) to be pushed down out of the skull. This can block the flow of spinal fluid to the spinal […]

Early Rehabilitation for Osteoarthritis

Early Rehabilitation for Osteoarthritis

By Dr. Erica Kirsch A common trend I have noticed in the veterinary world is using physical therapy as a last resort for canine arthritis in older dogs. Owners are being referred to physical therapy when their older dog can barely walk or stand and medications are no longer managing their pain. Often times these […]

Carpal Hyperextension Injury

Carpal Hyperextension Injury

What is carpal hyperextension? The carpal (wrist) joint consists of the radius, ulna, and carpal bones. The bones are held together by ligaments and tendons. Laxity can occur between any of the bones in the joint, causing the joint to collapse. This can be due to an acute injury to the tendons or ligaments, congenital […]

Canine Dementia Part 2

Canine Dementia

By Dr. Erica Kirsch In our previous blog post, we discussed the signs and symptoms of canine dementia (CD) and how exercise can be beneficial in preventing and slowing this disease process. There are other strategies that owners can try to help their dog who may be showing signs of canine dementia.   Maintaining your […]

Canine Dementia Part 1

Canine Dementia

By Dr. Erica Kirsch About 22.5% of dogs exhibit signs and symptoms of cognitive decline as they age. This is often referred to as canine dementia (CD). These symptoms are  considered to be canine dementia when there is no other medical or social explanation for them. These symptoms can be grouped into four categories— impaired […]

The Benefits of the Underwater Treadmill

Benefits of the Underwater Treadmill

By Dr. Erica Kirsch Most people don’t know what canine physical therapy is—and if they do, their perception is likely that physical therapy equates to the underwater treadmill. The underwater treadmill  can, in fact, be a great tool for strengthening muscles and improving endurance. Some diagnoses that can benefit from hydrotherapy include: neurological disease, arthritis, […]

The Benefits of Kinesiotape

Benefits of Kinesiotape

By Dr. Erica Kirsch Kinesiotape is a specific type of tape. It was first created in the late 1970’s by a Japanese chiropractor names Kenzo Kase. His original philosophy was to target the skin as a way to help the muscular system heal. Since that time, there are several brands of kinesiology tape on the […]

The Benefits of Manual Therapy

Benefits of Manual Therapy

By Dr. Erica Kirsch A large part of our practice on animals involves manual therapy. We have had a lot of success using these techniques to decrease pain and improve function in animals. So what exactly is manual therapy? The American Physical Therapy Association defines manual therapy as: “A clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on […]

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