Flyball

Flyball

By Dr. Erica Kirsch Recently I attended a local flyball tournament. If you don’t know what flyball is, I highly recommend checking out this video which shows the world record for a flyball run at just 14.182 seconds!   Flyball is a fast paced 4 dog relay race. Each dog jumps over a series of […]

5 Ways to Help Your Dog with Arthritis

Ways to Help Your Dog with Arthritis

Osteoarthritis—or more commonly, arthritis—is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the loss of protective cartilage in the joints resulting in exposed bone. This exposed bone causes inflammation and joint pain. Over time, arthritis can become progressively worse resulting in significant joint pain—making even the simple task of standing up difficulty. As a pet owner there […]

5 Signs Your Dog is in Pain

Dog is in Pain

Dogs, just like humans, experience pain. This can be a result of joint pain, muscle pain or soreness, pain from an injury or trauma, overuse, disease, or a host of other causes.  Unfortunately, our animals can’t tell us with words when they are hurting (if only my dog could talk!) Instead we need to understand […]

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave Therapy

Radial and Piezoelectric Shockwave therapy Shockwave has been used for decades in human medicine. It is used quite frequently in Europe, Asia, and Canada and is now starting to gain popularity in the US for the treatment of many musculoskeletal disorders and pain. It is fairly new to veterinary medicine, however research has been showing […]

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields: A Treatment for Pain and Inflammation

Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields

At Walking Paws Rehab, we utilize pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in our sessions. We have ASSISI loop beds in each treatment room and in the waiting area. While patients are being massaged, stretched, examined, or receiving mobilizations they may receive their treatment. Treatment times are often around 15 minutes. Frequency depends on the injury. If […]

Achilles Tendinopathies

Achilles Tendinopathies

What is an Achilles Tendinopathy? The canine achilles tendon is comprised of 5 different muscles, whose tendons come together at the calcaneus of the tarsus (ankle). These muscles are the gastrocnemius, superficial digital flexor, biceps femoris, gracilus, and semitendinosis. Damage can occur to any or all of these tendons. Injuries to the achilles tendon can […]

Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis

Hip Dysplasia and Arthritis

What Is Hip Dysplasia? Hip dysplasia is an abnormal development of the hip joint that usually occurs bilaterally. It is most commonly seen in large and medium breed dogs. Although, it can be diagnosed in smaller dogs and even cats. There are many factors contributing to hip dysplasia including rapid growth, a genetic predisposition, or […]

Intervertebral Disc Disease

Intervertebral Disc Disease

What is intervertebral disc disease? Intervertebral discs are the discs that sit between vertebrae of the spine. They act as a shock absorber and cushion between the spine segments. They are made of an outer layer and a gelatinous inner material. The inner disc material can degenerate over time and become fibrotic and hard. This […]

Is Your Pet in Pain?

Is Your Pet in Pain? Spondylosis Deformans

In our first appointment we ask clients whether they think their dog or cat is in pain. Often, the client answers no or unsure. However, our exam findings often show yes. One of the biggest misconceptions of pain in animals is that if they are not screaming out then, they must not be in pain. […]

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury

One of the most common conditions we treat here at Walking Paws is a cranial cruciate ligament injury. If your pet has a cranial cruciate injury, it can be difficult to understand all your options and know what’s best for your pet. This article will help you navigate through the process that way you can […]

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