23.3, PT Evaluation of the Animal Rehab Patient (Canine)
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CONTENT: Bedenbaugh and Orenbuch have developed a detailed resource for therapists who are interested in refining their skills for canine evaluation and rehabilitation. In the monograph, the authors apply the SOAP format to the evaluation of canine patients. The collection of an accurate history to identify behavioral and physical changes that occur due to pain in the canine patient is promoted. Special orthopaedic and neurological testing to facilitate a differential diagnosis is then presented. Common conditions for the shoulder, elbow, carpus, metatarsals and digits, hip, stifle, and tarsus are discussed. The monograph includes figures and tables that will help the reader comprehend the information presented. Experienced and novice practitioners should find this material helpful in broadening their knowledge base and gaining additional skills for providing treatment in this growing area of practice. CASE ANALYSES: Two cases studies assist in reinforcing the concepts discussed. The first case describes a 4-year-old, neutered male Golden Retriever who is referred with a current complaint of limping on the right hind limb. The second case is a 5-year-old, female spayed Bouvier des Flandres, who presents for hind end weakness and back pain.
animal therapy, examination, treatment
CONTENT: Infection control is an essential component of animal care for ensuring the safety of both the animal patient and therapist alike. Dr Lappin's expertise in this monograph is uniquely applicable and invaluable for implementing proper infection control and intervention. In the monograph, Dr Lappin first defines zoonoses and their importance and impact in animal rehabilitation. Infectious agents of most importantance to providers of animal rehabilitation are discussed by likely route of exposure, and guidelines for avoiding zoonotic diseases are presented. Specific zoonoses under separate headings are bite and scratch, enteric, exudate-associated, respiratory, urogenital, and vector-associated zoonoses such as fleas, ticks, or mosquitoes. The accurate information presented throughout the monograph will allow animal health providers the ability to recognize the clinical signs of disease in humans and animals that are associated with zoonotic diseases. CASE ANALYSES: Two cases studies present situations that pertain to zoonoses. The first case describes a 6-year-old female spayed, indoor/outdoor dog with a history of tick exposure who presents for rehabilitation of the right stifle joint after cruciate ligament repair surgery at the local orthopaedic surgical practice. The second case involves a veterinarian providing rehabilitation who develops a lesion on the forearm.
infection control, disease, risk exposure