Struggles to Snuggles: Pet Rehab Therapy

A dog named Penny works with a helper during her pet therapy.

There’s a new field emerging in veterinary medicine and it’s making a big difference in pet health, including how pets move and function— as well as age.

Physical rehabilitation therapy, or rehab therapy, uses specially designed equipment, exercises, and techniques to help dogs and cats regain physical abilities lost to illness, injury, surgery, or age. (Sound like physical therapy for humans? Basically, it is. But because, in some states, the term “physical therapy” can only be used in reference to humans, most veterinary specialists refer to animal physical therapy as “rehab therapy.”)

How It Works
The goal of pet rehabilitation therapy is to help dogs and cats of all ages learn to move better, function better, and feel better. But the ways that rehab therapists accomplish that goal vary based on each pets’ unique needs and diagnosis.

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Top 3 Weirdest Veterinarian Cases

A Black Lab with dog insurance fetches a stick.

As a veterinarian, I am constantly faced with challenges that require creative thinking and adaptability. And I know better than most that bizarre accidents and illnesses can strike at anytime– which is why I’m a huge proponent of pet insurance. I’ve often been faced with circumstances that just can’t be made up… Here is my top 3 list of the most unexpected cases I’ve encountered to date:

1) Howling House Call
As a very recent graduate, I received a call from a very frantic elderly owner claiming that her 3-year -old Jack Russell Terrier was unable to move and was screaming in pain in her backyard. Ms. Barton requested a house call visit to assess her beloved pet and provide pain relief. Needless to say, as a new graduate, my mind was racing with a list of at least twenty different possibilities ranging from dog spinal injuries to dog seizures. To be prepared, I packed medications and supplies for all 20 possibilities. When I arrived at her home, the first thing I heard upon exiting my vehicle was a horrendous shrieking sound. It was unlike anything I’d heard before, high pitched and constant, it almost gave me the chills. Ms. Barton came rushing out of her home, panicked, and led me to the backyard. Sure enough, her pet was head down on her back deck, wailing. Upon examination I was able to not only quickly diagnose, but treat her companion as well.
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Dog Infographic Contest

A colorful cartoon dog infographic.

The infographic, called “Best in Show” reveals everything from the most popular insured dog breeds to some of the trendiest dog names and even the ages of some of the oldest dogs with pet insurance policies from Pets Best! Share it on your website or blog for a chance to win $200 to Amazon!

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Top 7 Dog Park Dangers

Two dogs with dog insurance fight in a park.

By Dr. Fiona, a veterinarian and guest blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance.

U.S. dog parks are the most quickly growing portion of city parks in the US. The dog park is a summertime fun staple for dog owners. It’s a place for friends to meet and allow your dog some off-leash time to explore and play.

Dog parks can be a great way to provide exercise and enrichment to your dog’s everyday life, but the dog park can come with a few possible dangers as well. Accidents and illnesses can occur at any time, it’s always a good idea to have a dog insurance in place. But here is what you need to know about the most common dog park injuries, when to treat at home and when to make an appointment with the vet:

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Doggy Martinis and Other Yummy Summer Pet Treats

A pink dog popsicle.

As a practicing veterinarian and pet insurance enthusiast, I’m constantly asked for yummy, pet-safe recipes. And since summer time is perfect for experimenting with cuisine, why not take the opportunity to bond with your four-legged best friend over a tasty treat tailored for the canine palate that’s yummy for you too?! Here are some summertime recipes to try. But remember to always feed your dog in moderation and in portion sizes appropriate for their size. Treats are only meant to supplement a healthy balanced commercial diet as well. And because food allergies and illness can occur at any time, it’s a good idea to speak with your veterinarian about your pet’s diet and to have pet health insurance as a back up for unforeseen problems.

Canini (yummy for you too)

Ingredients (yields 2)
-3 peeled carrots
-3 peeled oranges
-5 peeled tangerines
-fresh ginger
-dark brown sugar

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