Instructor: Sue Yanoff, DVM
There are many musculoskeletal injuries that can occur to performance dogs. Some are subtle, and come on gradually. We are not really sure if there is something wrong. Some are acute and come on suddenly. It is obvious there is something wrong. Some seem to come and go, no matter what we do. Some injuries are easily diagnosed and treated, and the dog is back in competition within weeks. Some are difficult to diagnose and treat, and it could take months to years to get the dog back to competition.
This class will teach you about the common, and not so common, injuries that can happen to your active dog. We will discuss what is normal, what is abnormal, how to get an accurate diagnosis, what are considered good treatments, how to know when your dog is ready for rehab, and how to get your dog back to competition. We will not cover developmental diseases (hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, OCD), other than to mention that they exist and can cause a problem. We will not cover conditioning and rehab in detail, but will touch on them as they relate to treatment and prevention of injuries.
The goal of this class is to make you an educated dog owner, which will allow you to ask questions and make informed decisions about your dog if you are ever faced with an injury. The material will be presented in a way that makes it easy to understand, even if you are not a science major. This class will be open to Silver and Bronze students only. Silver students will be given homework to help you understand and use the lessons. You do not have to have an injured dog to take this class! Please note: I cannot diagnose your dog’s problem, but I can guide you in your pursuit of a diagnosis and treatment.