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Dog Laser Therapy, Exciting Results – Part II

Dog Laser Therapy,
What Happened to Dixie?  –  Part II

by Keith Somers  /  Like Keith & Dog Wonders on Facebook

Dog laser therapy
, in Dixie’s case has been very encouraging from the beginning.  Here’s the story in brief—a team of veterinarians, determined very early Monday morning, March 11, 2012, that Dixie, my son and daughter-in-law’s dachshund had Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)—she had “gone down” in her rear quarters.  They had told Stephen and Mary, who live in High Point, North Carolina, to keep her medicated and in her cage until her doctor could see her as soon as his office would open later Monday morning.  They had advised that she would probably need surgery within 48 hours in order to prevent total and inoperable paralysis of her rear legs.  The option of dog laser therapy was not in the picture—yet . . .

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Canine Joint Disease

01/11/2011  –  Article by Keith Somers & VIDEO By Dr. Sarah Wooten, DVM, On Staff at Life’s Abundance

Canine Joint Disease, Is A Common Condition Affecting Many Dogs

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Canine Joint DiseaseCanine joint disease may currently affect as many as 16 million dogs in the United States of a total in-home population of 81 million.  According to The American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, 09/19/2011, the figure is one out of five dogs or about 20%.   Joint disorders are divided into two categories:  noninflammatory and inflammatory.

Noninflammatory Joint Diseases include developmental, degenerative, neoplastic and traumatic processes.  Degenerative, or osteoarthritis disease occurs when the cartilage protecting the bones of the joint loses its cushion, causing friction between the bones,

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Dog Disc Disease Hopefully Prevented

Dog Disc Disease (IVDD),
Five Steps Toward Preventing It

by Keith Somers  /  Like Keith & Dog Wonders on Facebook

Dog Disc DiseaseDog disc disease, or Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), effects certain smaller breeds of dogs called chondrodystrophoid dogs.  They are at greater risk of developing the disease because of  a genetic form of dwarfism.  Those breeds could be Dachshunds, Corgis, Papillions, Basset Hounds, Miniature Pinschers, Beagles, Shi Tzu, Lhasa Apso, Pekingese and still others, however, Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) is particularly prevalent in Dachshunds.  The disease effects the flexible discs made up of cartilage which cushions between each bone (vertebrae) of the spinal cord, extending from the base of the skull to the end of the tail.

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