Category Archives: Canine Hydrotherapy

Femoral Head and Neck Excision (FHNE) in Dogs

What is FHNE in Dogs Femoral Head and Neck Excision Arthroplasty refers to the removal of the articulating, ball at the top of the thigh bone (femur). This procedure has been used for the management of a range of conditions involving the hip joint. The most common reasons for this are untreatable hip joint fractures,…

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Arthroscopy in Dogs

Arthroscopy is a procedure used in veterinary and human medicine to diagnosis and treat various joint diseases. Arthroscopy is performed using a specialized telescope-like camera called an arthroscope. In Greek, “arthro” means joint, “endo” means inner, and “skopein” means to look. As translated, an arthroscope is a type of endoscope used to look specifically inside joints. Arthroscopy…

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Hydrotherapy for Canine Tendonitis

What is Canine Tendonitis? A tendon is a band of tissue that connects muscle to bone. "Tendonitis" occurs when a tendon is inflamed, irritated, stretched, torn or ruptured. In dogs, the most common tendon injuries occur in the forepaws and shoulders, but tendonitis can occur in any tendon. Treatment of canine tendonitis varies based on…

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FHO In Dogs

What is Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) Surgery? A femoral head osteotomy also referred to as a femoral head osteotomy or FHO, is the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur. In simpler terms, it is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. This way,…

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Muscle Spasms in Dogs & How to Help

Muscle spasms happen when your dog’s muscle contractions are interrupted. This is often caused by intense physical activity or a lack of sufficient fluids. These localized twitches can be a sign of muscle strain or damage, and though they aren’t life-threatening, they can be painful for your pet, especially if he’s been having them for…

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The Power of Prevention for Orthopedic Injuries in Dogs

Human and animal athletes have more in common than you might think, including a wide variety of orthopedic injuries and problems. In both human and veterinary medicine, we are learning more and more about preventing this kind of trouble. There are also several new and effective options for treating orthopedic injuries in pets. Pounds of…

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Total Hip Replacement in Dogs

Parker, our Golden Retriever client who has Hip Dysplasia Osteoarthritis from Canine Hip Dysplasia. What does this mean? Canine hip dysplasia is a developmental disorder in which the hip joint is abnormally shaped. Because of the altered biomechanics of the hip joint, osteoarthritis develops early, causing significant pain and disability. What does the total Hip Replacement surgery involve?…

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K9 Hydrotherapy Explained

Canine Hydrotherapy Hydrotherapy began as a treatment for humans in ancient times and expanded to include animals when racehorses began benefiting from seawater. Greyhounds dove in on the action to improve their strength and speed, as well as heal injuries from the rigors of racing. Hydrotherapy eventually became recognized and used as a therapeutic option…

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How to Diagnose & Treat Joint Pain in Dogs

Just the thought our dogs suffering silently from hidden pain breaks the heart of any dog parent. Sadly, research shows that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 8 are suffering from some kind of joint pain. And while we humans have the ability to reach for pain meds and talk to our doctor about symptoms,…

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Hydrotherapy for Osteoarthritis (DJD) in Dogs

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Although there is no cure for this progressive condition, identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep your dog active and improve quality of life. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a…

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