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Penn Vet Working Dog Center Performance Medicine
3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146
Penn Vet Working Dog Center Performance Medicine is excited to bring you our next Performance Medicine Workshop: Common Orthopedic Conditions in Working & Sporting Dogs, the fourth in a series of workshops focusing on fitness and rehabilitation of the canine athlete for veterinary professionals.
Performance and working dogs may be particularly at risk for acute and chronic muscle strains due to the type of work they do. Also concurrent orthopedic disease can predispose them to injury or chronic compensatory injuries. Insufficient muscle conditioning, such as weak core stabilizers and imbalances between muscular agonists and antagonists, can increase the risk of a muscular stretch injury. Further predisposing factors include inflexibility of the affected muscles, inadequate warm-up, and, particularly, muscle fatigue.
To be the most effective it is important that we as veterinarians are familiar with these injuries and proficient with our orthopedic examination in these canines. In general these dogs present at a much healthier level and higher fitness plane than most pet dogs. Owners and handlers are generally highly compliant and in tune with their dogs. They are looking for a diagnosis that can be very subtle but yet have decreased their dogs’ performance and hence are eager for a correct diagnosis, and want to be part of a treatment plan so that their dog can return to work and have longevity in working.
7 hrs of RACE Credit Pending
At the completion of this course participants will be knowledgeable on:
The range of orthopedic injuries in sporting/working dogs
Practical approach to orthopedic problems
Practical approach to diagnosing orthopedic problems
Common treatments/surgery for these injuries