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Thereaputic Laser

Therapeutic ultrasound is used as a treatment modality (method) to exert thermal, mechanical, and chemical effects on the treated tissues to enhance and facilitate healing. Physical therapists have used therapeutic ultrasound on human patients since the 1940s, and veterinarians have used it on animals since the 1970’s. The sound waves of therapeutic ultrasound are produced by applying an electric current to a crystal, causing the crystal to vibrate at a specific frequency. The vibrations of the crystal within the head of the ultrasound probe create pulsed or continuous pressure waves (energy) that pass through the skin and vibrate the tissues. The ultrasound probe is applied directly against the pet’s skin using water-soluble ultrasound gel.

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Feeding the Older Cat

The principle of feeding different-aged animals differently is called “life-stage feeding,” and it is a fairly straightforward concept. After all, we know that we must feed infant children differently than growing teenagers, and seniors have different nutritional needs than 30-somethings.

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The Last Will and Testament of an Extremely Distinguished Dog

I, SILVERDENE EMBLEM O'NEILL (familiarly known to my family, friends, and acquaintances as Blemie), because the burden of my years and infirmities is heavy upon me, and I realize the end of my life is near, do hereby bury my last will and testament in the mind of my Master. He will not know it is there until after I am dead. Then, remembering me in his loneliness, he will suddenly know of this testament, and I ask him then to inscribe it as a memorial to me.

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Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cells are unspecialized cells that are capable of renewing themselves though cell division. Under certain conditions, they can become a specific tissue or organ cell. In many tissues, stem cells serve as an internal repair system, replacing damaged or dead tissues by reproducing and turning into the needed cells.

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Pain in Aging Dogs

As dogs age, we generally see changes in their behavior. The playful ball-chasing and constant running around that we associate with puppies gives way to adult dogs napping in the sun and lounging during evening TV time. And with senior dogs, we accept even more slowing down. It is important to remember, however, that old age is not a disease. We need to differentiate between normal behavior changes of aging dogs and abnormal behaviors that can be important signals of pain.

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Cat Massage

As veterinarians become more conscious of the details and nuances of how cats experience pain, they search for more methods with which to battle both acute and chronic pain in these patients. It is quite common now to look to human medicine for ideas and techniques that can be applied to cats who are dealing with pain issues to help them feel better and to help relive their pain and discomfort. Therapeutic massage is one example of a physical medicine technique that has found a place in the feline pain management armamentarium.

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Hospice Care for Pets – Part 2

Hospice care for pets is an emerging niche of veterinary medicine that creates and relies on a unique caring collaboration between the pet owner and members of the veterinary healthcare team. Pet hospice is patterned after the delivery of the end-of-life care provided for human patients, with the additional provision from the veterinarian for humane euthanasia when the pet’s day-to-day quality of life becomes unacceptable.

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Hospice Care for Pets – Overview – Part 1

Providing hospice care for pets as they approach their end of life is a relatively young discipline within veterinary medicine. Although the foundational principles of veterinary hospice care are derived fairly directly from those of human hospice care, there are some critical differences between providing hospice care to a human family member and providing hospice care to an animal family member. It is appropriate first to have an understanding of how human hospice and end-of-life care began and evolved before turning attention to hospice and end-of-life care for pets.

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Senior cats need extra care

Our cats are now living longer and healthier lives due to better health care and improved nutrition. While it is true that "old age is not a disease" and most cats do age gracefully, older cats merit special attention.

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Help with grief over pet loss

Losing a beloved pet is a devastating experience, one that is even more difficult if no one around you seems to understand how you are feeling. The Pet Loss Support Group of Ottawa was established over 10 years ago, to help grieving pet owners cope with their feelings of loss and sadness in a welcoming environment of fellow animal lovers. I have been running this group and facilitating the monthly meetings for many years. We meet on the second Wednesday of every month, from 7:45-9:15 pm at the Sandy Hill Community Centre. For more information visit our website: www.lookmedia.ca/plsg.

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