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Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation in Cats and Dogs

January 28, 2015

Curar had the pleasure of exhibiting Sonivet at the Joint NE regional British Small Animal Veterinary Association & British Veterinary Rehabilitation Sports Medicine Association Meeting in Harrogate this week.

BVRSMA stands for British Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Association. Full membership is open only to qualified Veterinary Surgeons, Registered Veterinary Nurses and ACPAT Physiotherapists.

The afternoon provided a fascinating overview of the role that rehabilitation can play and focused on the practical applications that can be introduced into general practice. The key speaker was Lowri Davies BVSc MRCVS CertVet, from the Smart Vet Clinic in Wales, who opened the talks by outlining the challenges that occur during the rehabilitation process. She went on to outline the basic principles of rehabilitation and highlighted the common pitfalls and how these can best be avoided. During the first talk the key message was to ensure that you look at the broader picture, and assess the animal in front of you and not to look a "case 6 weeks post op that should be able to do X by now".

After a short break the theoretical talks finished and we moved onto more practical sessions, with some willing (and some less willing) dog volunteers. Lowri started by demonstrating what she would do during a typical assessment and the type of posture or gait that might present and warrant further examination. We were shown some straightforward exercises that can easily be put in place using basic equipment; for example we were shown how using a different harness so the dog can't pull, is an easy change to introduce to owners that can have a significant impact on gait and stability. Lowri moved onto more physical exercises that owners can introduce including the use of balancing plates and exercises using poles which can be used for example to get movement into the stifle.

Using rehabilitation to restore function and to manage pain aligns well with Sonivet use. We were delighted to be on hand to talk to delegates and discuss how Sonivet is used to accelerate the repair of broken bones in dogs, as well as tendon injuries in horses. We demonstrated how to use Sonivet units, we were able to share the key scientific & clinical data and discuss recent case studies as well as highlight how easy it is to rent a Sonivet. Of particular interest were some of the case studies that showed accelerated healing of cruciates following surgery.

If you would like further details about Sonivet, please contact Curar directly on or call on 0191 375 9083.

Sonivet is only available to authorised veterinary practices or suitably qualified persons acting under veterinary supervision. If you are a pet or horse owner please ask your vet about Sonivet.  

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