EJCAP 27(1), Spring 2017

Companion Animal Rehabilitation

Applications of ultrasound in veterinary medicine
Range of motion of the forelimb during stair and ramp ascent
Changes in systolic blood pressure over time in healthy cats and cats with kidney disease
Prevalence and prognostic importance of pulmonary hypertension in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease
Haemostatic variables, plasma lactate concentration, and inflammatory biomarkers in dogs with gastric dilatation-volvulus
Lyssa lingualis: debunking the myth of the ‘tongue worm’
Video podcast of a lecture presented at the 2016 BSAVA congress
Video podcast of a lecture presented at the 2016 BSAVA congress
Ann Criel
FECAVA Board member, Guest editor

In my early days as a surgeon, I came across numerous fracture repairs, cruciate repairs, muscle injuries and neurological problems in dogs and cats. At the time, the orthopaedic surgeon performed the surgery, the patient recovered and – most of the time – that was that.
Yet from the beginning I was fascinated how non-medical treatment such as ‘tender loving care’ was able to put a lot of badly hurt dogs back on track. This led to my first steps in physiotherapy when I realised the benefits of ice packs post-op and simple exercises to improve the range of motion. A lot of spare time went into working with these dogs!
Looking further afield, I took my first steps using laser therapy under the guidance of a human physician. My mentor in veterinary practice encouraged me to take courses in physiotherapy and revalidation. Today, I cannot imagine performing orthopaedic surgery without any form of rehabilitation. And it’s easy! Owners can learn how to do many simple exercises at home – and love it as it strengthens the bond with their pets.
My interest in this growing field led me to suggest a ‘special issue’ for EJCAP on this topic. In this issue, you will find three papers on rehabilitation in dogs as well as a ‘How to...’ lecture recording on hydrotherapy. The introductory paper is written by Yves Samoy, head of the brand new rehabilitation centre at the Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I hope you all enjoy this EJCAP edition!

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