Managing the Geriatric Canine Patient with Orthopedic and Neurologic Disease (1577)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Sports Medicine
Friday |  4:00 PM -  4:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||304C



University of Pennsylvania

After completing veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Blake completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center. She then went on to complete a small animal surgery residency in a joint program with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center. She became certified in canine rehabilitation in 2014 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to veterinary school, she worked for Genetics Institute/Wyeth Research on the development of rhBMP-2 for the acceleration of fracture healing and osteoporosis therapies. Her areas of clinical interest include bone biology, fracture repairs, angular limb deformities, minimally invasive surgery, osteoarthritis, rehabilitative therapy, in addition to peri-operative and chronic pain management.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Geriatric canine patients oftentimes present for both lameness and weakness. A thorough orthopedic and neurologic examination is paramount for identification and localization of the problem(s). A complete work-up including bloodwork and imaging is also critical in these patients to arrive at the correct diagnosis. Oftentimes the diagnoses include both orthopedic and neurologic disorders. Treatment of these patients can be challenging due to underlying systemic disease. The body condition can also have a tremendous effect of the success of treatment as over-conditioned and under-conditioned patients may have decreased mobility due to excess weight or decreased muscle mass. The goal of treatment is to maintain a high quality of life for the patient. If surgical intervention is not an option, medical management must be initiated. Multi-modal pain management can be critical for patient comfort. Rehabilitation programs can aid in increasing strength, improving proprioception and balance and joint mobility. The addition of harnesses, booties, orthotics and other assistive devices can aid ambulation and minimize trauma to distal extremities.

Learning Objectives

1. Diagnosing orthopedic vs neurologic disease in the geriatric patient

2. Rehabilitative therapies/treatments for the geriatric patient

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