Archive for August, 2014

Friday Funny 8.29.14

Friday, August 29th, 2014

 

Happy Friday Funny!

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Happy Happiness Happens Month

Monday, August 25th, 2014

August is Happiness Happens Month and we thought ‘what better way to make people happy, than with pictures of happy dogs?!’ So, here they are! Some happy dogs to help spread happiness!

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Friday Funny 8.22.14

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Fletcher’s Busy Week

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Fletcher has had a big couple of weeks. Last Wednesday he had surgery for a dying tooth and removal of the large benign lipoma on his right side. Thank you to Apex Dog and Cat Dentistry and Veterinary Surgical Services (VSS) at Veterinary Referral Services of Colorado (VRCC). They went the extra mile to make sure he was comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

lipomaThis is a picture of the lipoma before removal. We felt that as he continued to lose weight it would become a problem so since he had to have the tooth worked on, it was best to get both done while he was under anesthesia.

 

 

 

 

perfectpatientJust waking up from the procedure. He was the perfect patient. It is so hard to watch a loved one go through something like this. It’s also frustrating because they can’t tell you how they feel. Since we don’t know him all that well yet, we don’t know how he handles pain. Not to mention that he has been through a lot of changes in the last few months and we didn’t want to confuse him by putting him through this experience. However, the tooth situation could not be ignored and it would be worse if we did nothing. There is no perfect time so better sooner than later.

 

 

watermelonWe were a little concerned that he wasn’t drinking enough water so we thought enjoying some watermelon might help. The t-shirt is not a fashion statement. Just a deterrent for a little interest in licking the incision.

 

 

 

 

PEMFTaking a break from the shirt for a PEMF treatment. PEMF therapy, although having the word “magnetic” in the name, does not use an actual magnet, but creates a magnetic field by running electricity through a circle made of a conductive metal. The pulse, or drop and surge in frequency, creates an electro-magnetic field, and causes a small amount of electricity to flow through all of the tissues penetrated by the field.  PEMF fields directly affect cellular chemistry, causing a cascade of healing effects.

 

fatThat was one large lipoma. I am sure removing it helped the total weight loss to date….He weighed in at 111 lbs (from 125) on Friday.

That is a lot of fat!

 

 

 

 

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Look at that beautiful tooth! Dr. Beebe performed a root canal. It might be a little hard to see in these pictures – the tooth before is pink and the after result is white. http://www.dentistvet.com/root-canal-therapy.html

Looking good Fletchie! He is a very good patient and well on the road to recovery. Fletcher handled the procedures with aplomb! He has done so well with every new situation he has encountered. We are proud of him and thank our lucky stars every day that he came into our lives.

Friday Funny 8.15.14

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Happy Friday Funny! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Cookie Stretches

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

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Swimming vs. Hydrotherapy

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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Whether it’s the cold, dark depths of winter or the dog days of summer, a dip in the pool can buoy both bodies and spirits!  We all know that recreational swimming is great exercise for dogs.  It is also a fun and social activity for dogs and owners.  Not only that, it allows for a controlled environment that is beneficial both physically and physiologically.

For anyone who has been to a local lake or pond in the late summer months, it is not a surprise that an indoor swimming pool is a cleaner environment.  Lakes and ponds can spread bacteria, giardia and other undesirables to your dog.  Plus there’s no mud to track back to your car, house and your shoes!

The health benefits of recreational swimming are undeniable.  Swimming provides excellent cardiovascular conditioning and helps maintain muscle mass.   Swimming is a great weight control exercise and alleviates stress on the joints so that overweight dogs can get back into the swing of things while reducing risk of injury.

Swimming is an energy outlet, for sure.  A tired dog is a happy dog, and oftentimes a tired dog makes for a happy owner.  As in humans, swimming gets those endorphins going—which is great for overall well-being but it can also be therapeutic for behavioral disorders or for dogs that are just plain bored or tired of being cooped up in the house.

Swimming provides social benefits, as well.  Aerobic exercise can reduce depression in dogs that have exercise restrictions.  Of course, you’ll need approval from your veterinarian before starting a swimming exercise program.  Swimming can also boost confidence and it encourages dogs to learn from other dogs.

Perhaps most importantly, recreational swimming provides an opportunity to build the bond between dog and owner.  It’s a great way to spend time with your dog without distraction.  It’s a time to step away from the daily grind and spend one-on-one time with your pet and serves as a reminder of why pets are so important in our lives.  They give us so much and spending time with them is all they ask of us.

Now that we’ve covered the many benefits of swimming, let’s discuss the difference between swimming and hydrotherapy.  At our facilities, recreational swimming is for healthy dogs that enjoy water and have no physical issues that require supervision and assistance.  Hydrotherapy is utilized on the rehabilitation side to help dogs that have physical issues and, for their safety, require supervision by a rehabilitation therapist.  Our therapists are rehabilitation certified veterinarians, physical therapists and certified veterinary technicians.

The ultimate goal is to graduate the patient to the recreational pool and we release the dog from therapy when they are strong and healthy enough to swim recreationally.

Rehabilitating a dog with water has many benefits. One is decreased weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercise, which reduces pain. In the water, gentle range of motion of all four limbs is accomplished and strengthening is provided by the water resistance. The therapy water is heated to around 84 degrees Fahrenheit which helps to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Hydrotherapy is also used for neurological re-education. There seems to be psychological benefits for the dogs that occurs because they are able to exercise without pain.

Hydrotherapy is used for a variety of reasons including recovery from surgery, chronic conditions such as arthritis, degenerative myelopathy or hip dysplasia, obesity or weight management, or sports conditioning. The benefits of recreational swimming and hydrotherapy are both phenomenal. The important difference between the two is the state of your dog’s physical health. If your dog is generally healthy, by all means, get swimming! Just as with humans, staying active and keeping your muscles strong will help prevent injury in the future.

However, if your dog is injured or otherwise compromised, swimming may not be appropriate and hydrotherapy is necessary for them to get back into the game (or pool). If your dog has been diagnosed as having any of these health conditions, swimming may not be an appropriate form of exercise:

  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Seizure disorders
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Open wounds or infections
  • Fecal incontinence

If your dog has any of these conditions or if your dog is not otherwise in good health, we recommend a rehabilitation exam in order to determine if swimming and/or rehabilitation is best.

The Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning Group (CRCG) offers year-round swimming 7 days a week at its Englewood and Broomfield locations.  Open and private swim times are available.  Rehabilitation is offered 7 days a week.  Give us a call or visit our website at www.dog-swim.com for more information on our services and find out how you and your canine companion can start making a splash!

Friday Funny 8.1.14

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Happy Friday Funny! Okay this one is less of a funny, and more of a Friday Cute. Hope you enjoy!

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