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June 2013
Summer doesn't officially arrive until later this month, but it sure feels like it is already here! Hard to believe that we had snow just a month ago--and it will be back again before we know it. Until then, we are enjoying the early morning light and the long evenings that beckon us outside. Enjoy the best of what the season has to offer, and thanks for sharing it with us.
Stop by and see us at this month's event, this one looks to be great fun for all:
Pawsitively Pittie Pride Parade - Saturday, June 22 in Olde Town Arvada
And just a reminder that if you refer a friend to CRCG, you'll receive a $10 credit to your account!  Make sure your friend gives us your name on the intake form so we can apply the credit.  Refer often and reap the benefits.  Client referrals are the highest form of praise and we don't take them lightly. 
June Special
Get ready for thunderstorm and fireworks season with 10% off VetriScience Composure
Composure is a calming support formula recommended for dogs that are exposed to increased environmental stressors like moving, a new baby in the house, a trip to the veterinarian, or even a haircut. Composure™ helps to alleviate stress-related behavioral issues without affecting the dogs energy levels or personality. It contains three main ingredients to support calming in dogs: C3™ colostrum calming complex, l-theanine and thiamine.
VetriScience Composure

Available in liquid and flavorful bone shaped treats
Offer Expires 07/06/2013. 
Seth Casteel Session Update!
Thank you for the amazing response to the Seth Casteel photo shoot opportunity!  All of the sessions booked and wonderful images were captured.  While the dogs had a great time, it was the most fun to watch their owners beam with pride during the sessions.
CRCG held a contest to award a free session to one lucky dog.  Jasper was the recipient thanks to a heartwarming entry from his foster mom.  Jasper is working hard to overcome a tough beginning, and he was able to shine in his photo shoot with Seth.

Fret not, if you weren't able to book a session with Seth this time around, rumor has it that he will be back this fall!  Not only that, but he's planning something new and different to keep us on our toes.  Stay tuned for details and we will keep you posted in upcoming newsletters and on our Facebook page.
The Benefits of Canine Rehabilitation and Conditioning
And A CRCG Success Story
 Excerpted from an article by Lisa Rodier in the Whole Dog Journal


A rehab veterinarian is someone who specializes in neuromuscular and musculoskeletal conditions. This is in contrast to an orthopedist, who is also highly trained in these areas, but uses surgery as his primary tool. Orthopedists are good at diagnosing, but they are typically not the ones who guide a client through correcting a condition or strengthening an area of the body. Primary care veterinarians often don't understand the broad range of conditions with which the rehab vet is familiar.


The typical protocol is to put the dog on a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID), and recommend rest for the dog; known as "R&R": Rimadyl and Rest. If they can do surgery, they do surgery. "R&R" might fix the problem, but often not permanently; it might just mask the problem.  Sometimes there is a chronic waxing and waning of the problem after using the R&R approach. Well, if it's a strain of the teres major (a scapulohumeral muscle) or medial shoulder instability, until it's treated appropriately, it's never going to get better!


Another classic scenario is when a dog has a little pain in his hind end, so he stops using it efficiently, and puts more weight on the front end. Then he becomes weaker and can't get stronger because of the pain and fatigue due to muscle atrophy. You've seen them - old Labrador Retrievers with huge shoulders and skinny butts. Unless we're proactive about strengthening the hind end, the dog is never going to come out of the spiral.


But now we have rehab vets and practitioners. Ideally, when a veterinarian sees that the dog has a soft tissue injury, she'll send him to a rehab specialist, realizing that the dog needs to see a musculoskeletal specialist. The bottom line is that the field is becoming a lot more like human medicine, in terms of specialization. There is just too much to know to expect one veterinarian to be able to do it all - and it's odd that we didn't realize it sooner.


Because a good portion of what is going on during rehab is working on building strength, flexibility, proprioception, and range of motion, the means of addressing those issues will vary depending on who is administering treatment.


For example, some practitioners frequently use acupuncture and chiropractic. Other practitioners use those modalities and/or laser, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hydrotherapy (underwater treadmill and/or swimming), massage, physio balls, wobble boards, land treadmills, cavaletti, weights, Thera-Bands, Chinese herbs, homeopathy, and nutrition. And that's not an exhaustive list!


Ideally, find someone who has trained at one of two schools in the U.S. The Canine Rehabilitation Institute (with locations in Florida, Maryland, and at CRCG's Broomfield location) awards the certificate of Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) to veterinarians; the University of Tennessee University Outreach and Continuing Education Department, in conjunction with Northeast Seminars, offers a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) certificate.


But you might also find someone who has been practicing in the discipline for a long time. Maybe they don't have one of the certifications, but perhaps they've spent a lot of time learning on their own, working with physical therapists, and getting invaluable practical experience. As with any specialist, you've got to ask them! A good rehab practitioner also usually has another modality such as acupuncture or chiropractic in her toolbox. Those kinds of tools allow the practitioner to get a lot more done, including the ability to deal with both the condition and pain relief.


What are the typical goals of rehab and what are some examples of injuries or conditions we might see treated?


With hip dysplasia, we can use rehab to help with strength and flexibility. We find that we're able to put off using pain medication and surgery to the extent that we're seeing a lot of cases that would have needed surgery, now don't need it.


If you know your dog has hip dysplasia early on, and you manage her, you can begin work early to prevent the hind end from becoming weak, and keep the pain at bay - pain that we often see in the low back and the muscles around the hips. Rehab can keep those areas loose, flexible, and strong.

After anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery, we used to see protocols that called for the dog to start walking for five minutes one week, then 10 minutes the next, and so on. There wasn't anything else, and particularly nothing to address stretching and strengthening.  Now we can prescribe passive range-of-motion exercises to do at home; light weight-bearing exercises to practice early on; and starting hydrotherapy anywhere from two to eight weeks post-op. And sometimes we see the use of lasers, electrical stimulation, or ultrasound to help with tissue healing. With rehab, animals get better a whole lot faster; they return not just to functionality, but to the condition in which they were in, pre-injury.


Any time you have an animal that needs to work on increased strength, proprioception, and/or flexibility. And pain management is huge - it's a big part of rehab. Rehab and pain management go hand in hand. It's important to realize that you need both to get anywhere when dealing with pain. We can throw drugs at it, but if the animal is in significant pain, we need to be doing other things as well. For example, if a dog is stiff and painful, even doing things as simple as stretching and massage can be a big part of pain management.


Sometimes a conventional veterinary approach leaves the client wanting; there is a lack of knowledge about the other tools that are available to us. Take intervertebral disc disease, for example. You might have a dog that is partially paralyzed or weak in the hind end because a disc is pressing on the spinal cord. Often, we can avoid surgery through acupuncture and rehab, by waking up nerves and bringing the dog back to function.

Buddy Droge
A CRCG Success Story 


Buddy suffered from an FCE (Fibrocartilaginous Embolism).  He had very little control of his back legs when he came to see us.  In 4 months you can see that he made remarkable progress.  


Rehabilitation can help many different conditions. Help us spread the word that there are many options for orthopedic issues. Contact us to find out more. 
New Class Offering @ CRCG
Puppy Indoor Swim and Social

CRCG, with our partners Aspen Arbor Animal Hospital and Canine Dimensions, will be offering a puppy indoor swim and social starting on July 24th!  The class will be offered every 4th Wednesday of the month at our Broomfield location.


The class is for puppies 8 weeks to 10 months old and also for smaller breed dogs (< 15 lbs.).  


Socialization is very important for Puppies under 5 months old.  Play is essential for pups to build confidence and learn canine social etiquette, so that later on as socialized adult dogs they would much rather play than fight or take flight.

  • This class will to expose your puppy to water and to learn how to swim!
  • Cost is a $10.00, of which $5.00 will be donated to the Animal Rescue of the Rockies 
  • You must register in advance as the class is limited to 12 puppies and we fill up quickly!  Email with the following information:
    • o   Date of Class you wish to attend, Your info: name, phone, address
    • o   Dog information: Breed, Age, and Sex
    • o   Only 2 humans per puppy, no children under 12.
    • Puppies must be vaccinated.  Please bring your vaccination documentation with you.
    • Any dogs over 8 months have to be dog friendly.  Do not bring dog aggressive dogs to this event.

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