COOLING DOWN ATHLETIC DOGS

Author: Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE, DACVSMR

Katherine Backel, DVM

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

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Function and application

Cooling down is considered an essential part of any athlete’s training and competing regimen. But, you may not understand exactly why cooling down is important or how you might incorporate it into your canine athlete’s post competition routine.

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WARMING UP ATHLETIC DOGS

Author: Robert L. Gillette, DVM, MSE, DACVSMR

Katherine Backel, DVM

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

Improve performance and prevent injury

“How do I warm up my dog?” is a common question heard at canine training centers. This has previously been addressed in articles related to elite level dogs participating in agility. But, we should also discuss how to prepare novice and non-competitive dogs for the basic activities. First, we should discuss the worth and purpose of warming up.

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“Bad Breath is Just the Beginning”

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Pets are no different than us when it comes to oral hygiene. We all brush our teeth at least once a day and that is one of the first things we teach our kids to do. But, when it comes to our pets, it is safe to say that 99% of us do not see to it that their teeth get brushed. As a result, oral health issues are the #1 problem facing pets. Continue reading ““Bad Breath is Just the Beginning””

Are you Suffering from Sciatica? Or is it Piriformis Syndrome?

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Both conditions cause the same result: the sciatic nerve becomes compressed.

They even cause many of the same symptoms, but there is one major difference…piriformis syndrome occurs when there’s a problem with the piriformis muscle (a muscle located deep in your gluts). In order for the problem to be diagnosed as Sciatica, the sciatic nerve must be compressed as a result of the nerve root being pinched in the spine due to disc herniation, spinal degeneration, or a bone spur in the lower lumbar area.

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