Busy Life, Fit Dog

A lot of us have jobs and kids and friends and stuff going not that makes committing lots of time to your dog’s rehab and conditioning feel impossible. But you don’t have to spend all day on it. With lots of dogs, you can still get awesome results in a lot less time.

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Dr Jaime Jackson
An Update on Safire

It has been over two years since Safire dislocated her hip and I thought it was time I gave everyone an update. I’m happy to report that she is as happy and as naughty as she was prior to the injury. You can read the earlier parts of the story here and hear.

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Dr Jaime Jackson
Titre Test Case Studies

We have been offering Titre Testing for the last three years at Primal Paws and we are huge proponents of using Titre Testing to ensure your pet is properly protected against diseases.

We’ve picked a couple of case studies where Titre Testing gave us valuable information that helped keep puppies safe.

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Dr Jaime Jackson
Check the Cred

Here in Australia there is no regulation protecting you or your animals from people with no training. It has resulted in people advertising that they are canine rehabilitation specialists after attending a course that has no veterinary input. Veterinary input is vital to ensure that the differences between humans and companion animals are understood. There are many canine diseases with the same name as human disease, that have completely different underlying mechanisms.

I will not deny that this makes me a little scared. Sometimes I see dogs that have been treated by individuals with inadequate training and some of these dogs have had treatments that are contraindicated and some have had adverse outcomes. There are no ramifications for unqualified practitioners, unlike vets, physios, chiros and osteopaths who can all have their licence and ability to practice revoked if they are negligent. Hopefully one day there is a group that will register everyone that has an interst in canine sports and rehabiltition here in Australia so that there are minimum standards, and regulation to protect the innocent animals.

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Dr Jaime Jackson
Inspired by Dr Canapp

Recently Dr Sherman Canapp from VOSM posted photos on facebook from an Agiitly dog. This dog had injuries that it had been able to cover up to continue having fun. By the time complete diagnosis was made the dogs career was over. You can read the full post here.

 

This prompted me to write this. It was originally also a facebook post, however I believe that it is worth preserving here on the website. There have been a few tweaks but this is really a 'stream of consiousness' post. Hopefully i will get the chance to pick appart a few of these ideas futher in the coming months. But this is the raw and honest truth. 

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Dr Jaime Jackson
Symmetry

One of the most basic goals of conditioning and rehabilitation is to achieve symmetry. Symmertry means your dog is equally strong across their centre line, that they aren't favouring their left or right side. A lack of symmetry can force your dog to compensate so that they can maintain normal movement and get about their lives.

Luckily, there are some technical tests you can perform with your dog to check their symmetry.

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Dr Jaime Jackson
Good Might Not Be Good Enough...

My article on pain not being an acceptable form of restraint is still one of the most popular I have written. To me that is black and white, but how about the shades of grey?

I often chat to owners who tell me their dog feels pretty good. They can run around, play with toys and don't look to be in much pain. And yet I will still discuss pain relief and if we should do a treatment trial with pain meds. Until now I have given it to most owners as an option because.... well it's grey. Their dog is pretty good and happy so why put drugs into their system.

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Dr Jaime Jackson