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Vet Buzz: Healing, Health and Happiness for Your Dog

I'm getting better! - Photo Credit: Bruno Cervera

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, Claremont Veterinary Hospital

Advances in veterinary care continue to help us take care better of our four-legged kids. More research has lead to a wider menu of options for treating your dog's challenges, including trauma, pain, osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries, anxiety and neurological inflammation.
An exciting new device that offers a safe, scientifically proven treatment option at home for your dog is now available. The Assisi Loop, by Assisi Animal Health, is an non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory device (NPAID) that can be an adjunct or an alternative to traditional treatments like NSAIDs, analgesics and opioids. 
This first-of-its-kind NPAID uses targeted Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (tPEMF) therapy to reduce inflammation, control pain and promote healing in your pet's body. The magnetic field helps to decrease the ongoing damaging effects of inflammation on joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs by increasing nitric oxide, a key molecule involved in healing. Unlike with other treatment options, there are no side effects for your dog from this treatment, which can be used in the comfort of your own home, in the field or when traveling. 
We have effectively used the Loop to reduce many of the effects of arthritis, tendon injuries and myofascial pain. Studies have shown this portable device can reduce the inflammation involved in spinal cord trauma, as seen with pets who suffer from trauma or Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), a painful, debilitating disease that often leads to the need for surgery.
The therapy can be provided at home while your dog remains confined, and can be used with or without other medications and other treatments. A recent pilot study has shown this NPAID can significantly reduce the signs of Canine Separation Anxiety, a disease that impacts the quality of life of many families and leads to surrender of so many dogs.  It can be used in conjunction with, or in place of, prescription medications and behavior modifications. 
We have prescribed the Assisi device to our general, rehabilitation and pain management patients for over 10 years, and it has been an integral part of our successful therapy plans. It is important to have a full assessment and diagnosis by a veterinarian familiar with the use of this device to assure this is an appropriate treatment, to guide the proper placement and frequency,s and to help with monitoring the response. 
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Vet Buzz: Oh No! My Dog is Limping!

Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh
Oh no, my leg! - Photo Credit: Honza Groh

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

We’ve all seen it before. You’re out for your daily walk when, suddenly, your beloved pooch lifts her back leg and looks at you with wide brown eyes. Your dog is limping! What do you do? What could it be? more »

Vet Buzz: Keeping the Golden Years Golden

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Happy Birthday! - Photo Credit:

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Everyone wants to grow old gracefully, including your dog. Your dog ages in much the same way as a human does, only at a faster rate. more »

How We Know Dogs Can Feel Our Emotional Stress

Gotta keep you happy! - Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova
Gotta keep you happy! - Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

It’s hard not to feel stressed in today’s environment. So, of course, it makes sense to turn to our fluffy companions for a daily dose of love, affection, and stress reduction. But the same qualities that make dogs such great companions also make them highly attuned to our emotions and behaviors.
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Vet Buzz: Fireworks Anxiety

Vet Buzz: Fireworks Anxiety

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Humans love the beauty of a good fireworks show. I am not sure if your dog loves the beauty of a good fireworks display, but I know he does NOT appreciate the noise.

Your dog's sense of hearing is one of his best strengths, but when it comes to those glorious loud kabooms on the fourth of July, his hearing is his greatest foe. To him, those explosions sound like a 747 landed in the front yard, and may send him hiding under the bed, urinating on the floor or chewing up the doorframe to escape. more »

Vet Buzz: Dangers on the Trail

Let's go! - Photo Credit: Pezibear

By Dr. Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Summer hiking is here, and you want to take Fido out to romp in the hills! Here are a few things to keep in mind to continue your fun in the sun. more »

Vet Buzz: Dog First Aid Kit

Packed and ready to go!
Packed and ready to go!

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine

Before you embark on your next adventure, take a moment to plan and assemble a first aid kit to protect your dog. more »

Vet Buzz: Foxtail

Photo Credit: @baxterthebrit
Photo Credit: @baxterthebrit

By Sophie Liu, DVM

“Foxtails” are the colloquial term for the seed-dispersal unit of a common weed, often called “grass awns” in other parts of the country. Once inside the body, foxtails usually require immediate veterinary care to manually remove them. more »

Vet Buzz: Pyometra

Hi Doc!
Hi Doc!

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

Pyometra refers to an infection of the uterus. It is a very serious and life threatening condition requiring immediate medical intervention. Pyometra is preventable. more »

Finding the Right Vet

Finding the Right Vet

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

Finding the right veterinarian can be a stressful process. It is important that both you and your furry companion connect and trust the doctor you choose. more »

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Vet Buzz Contributors

Dr. Bill Barboni
Dr. Bill Barboni of Marin Pet Hospital with his dogs, Rip and Billy. See Dr. Barboni's profile.

Chris Pitts
Chris Pitts, RVT,
of Broadway Animal Hospital
See Chris Pitts' profile.

Dr. Angela Gaeto with dog
Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. See Dr. Gaeto’s profile.

Dr. Melissa Robinett of Bel Marin Animal Hospital in Novato. See Dr. Robinett's profile.

Dr. Troy
Dr. Erin Troy of Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek. See Dr. Troy's profile.

Dr. Stallings
Dr. Rhonda Stallings of Arroyo Veterinary Hospital, Sonoma. See Dr. Stallings' profile.

Dr. Pamela Bouchard of Animal Hospital of Cotati. See Dr. Bouchard's profile.

Dr Berger
Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist, San Francisco SPCA. See Dr. Berger's profile.

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Dr. Gary Richter, MS, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Care. See Dr. Richter's profile.

Dr. Shannon Leggieri DVM, Marin Pet Hospital
Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.


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