Top 5 Conditions in Dogs that Benefit From Rehabilitation

Combining physical rehabilitation with medical and surgical care is beneficial for many dogs to help restore mobility and musculoskeletal function. Our Midwest Veterinary Specialists team wants to provide information about conditions that best respond to rehabilitation therapy, so you know what to expect if your dog is affected.  #1: Cranial cruciate ligament rupture in dogs [...]

Is My Dog a Candidate for Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy?

When a dog’s cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) ruptures, their stifle (i.e., knee) loses stability, causing pain and decreased mobility. The medial meniscus can then become torn, and osteoarthritis will develop if the joint isn’t stabilized, which can result in chronic, debilitating discomfort. Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is a surgical technique for stabilizing joints with [...]

Pet Laser Therapy

Photobiomodulation (i.e., laser therapy) is a non-invasive, drug-free procedure that can be used for numerous medical conditions in pets to accelerate healing, relieve pain, and decrease inflammation. Our Midwest Veterinary Specialists team wants to provide information about laser therapy to help you determine if your pet can benefit from this procedure. Pet laser therapy terminology [...]

Common Sporting Injuries in Dogs

Canine sporting events are becoming increasingly popular. These athletic endeavors provide excellent mental and physical stimulation for your dog, but they can also lead to injuries. Our Midwest Veterinary Specialists team wants to provide information about common sporting injuries in dogs, along with tips to help decrease your dog’s risk. Sporting dog foot pad injuries [...]

Shockwave Therapy in Pets

Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive, drug-free treatment for pets experiencing pain and lameness. The technology employs focused high-energy sound waves to stimulate the body’s healing, regeneration, and pain relieving processes. These sound waves penetrate deeper and release more energy than ultrasound or laser therapy. Our team at Midwest Veterinary Specialists provides information about this treatment [...]

Recognizing Pet Pain

Unmanaged pain decreases a pet’s quality of life and prolongs their recovery from surgery, injury, and illness. Pets instinctively hide their vulnerabilities, which can make recognizing pain difficult. Our Midwest Veterinary Specialists team wants to help by explaining how you can determine if your pet is suffering. Understanding pet pain Pain is a complex, multifaceted [...]

What Dog Owners Should Know About Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is a surgical treatment option for dogs suffering from cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) rupture, which is the most common orthopedic problem in dogs. If your dog has been diagnosed with this condition, you are likely considering a treatment approach that will return your dog to their normal activity level as [...]

Why Is My Pet Limping?

Many conditions can cause your pet to start limping, and some issues are more concerning than others. Our team at Midwest Veterinary Specialists wants to help by providing information about what conditions cause pets to limp, how these problems are diagnosed and managed, and when you should seek veterinary care. Lameness detection in pets Dogs [...]

Non-surgical Treatment Options for Arthritic Pets

Arthritis (i.e., osteoarthritis [OA]) is a degenerative joint condition that causes joint pain and decreased mobility for many pets, despite surgical treatment, or in cases where surgical procedures aren’t always indicated. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to help improve an arthritic pet’s quality of life, and a multimodal treatment plan often leads to [...]

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