Quarterly News , Winter 2016
Diesel's Story

From Diesel's owner: "Diesel was officially diagnosed with arthritis in both of his elbows and right shoulder a year ago.  Over the past year, we were able to manage his pain with a variety of supplements as well as acupuncture, laser, massage therapy, etc.  However, at the beginning of the Summer season, Diesel's limp was extremely dominant on the right front leg and we exhausted all options in regards to therapy and supplements.  Then we learned more about shock wave therapy and it's been like a miracle for Diesel. After his first treatment, we saw over 80% improvement.  It was like we had a new dog, he was happy and running...I could barely keep up with him.  I would recommend shock wave therapy to any dog with arthritic tissue...it has been an absolute life saver for us and we couldn't be happier with the results!"
Featured Indication: Kissing Spines
Kissing spines is the touching or "kissing" of the spinal processes on a horse's back.  These are the long thin bones that protrude upward from each vertebrae.  This is not only painful for the horse, but it can also create additional issues including arthritis and desmitis (ligament inflammation).

A summary of the treatment protocol for kissing spines is presented below:

Entry Window
Energy Setting
Number of Shocks
Treatment Interval
Over affected area
2 to 4 weeks
The probe is positioned over the affected dorsal spinous processes of  the affected vertebrae. The total number of shocks depends on the size  of the affected area. The probe is pivoted to fan the shock waves over  and around the entire area to be treated.  
The picture above (right) demonstrates the position of the probe over the dorsal vertebral spinous
processes of the thoracic spine.

Thank you Virginia Equine Imaging!
PulseVet was in attendance at AAEP and was delighted to attend a presentation given by Amy Norvall, DVM titled, "Diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of hindlimb proximal suspensory desmopathy in sport horses: 75 cases (2008 - 2014) based on data collected at Virginia Equine Imaging of MIddleburg, VA. The data compared utilizing VersaTron shock wave therapy with surgical treatment for this indication. Similar success rates were achieved with both treatment modalities, but the shock wave patients were able to more rapidly return to previous level of performance. We are grateful to Amy Norvall and Virginia Equine Imaging for this research, which was conducted independently of PulseVet involvement or support.

Congratulations Katie!

Katie Rice, our Sales and Marketing Associate, recently passed her 5 year mark with PulseVet, which is a testament to her dedication and long term commitment to veterinary healthcare.  Over the time that she has been here she has consistently done an excellent job working with our customers and has always sought out ways to improve the company.  We are very pleased to announce that Katie has been promoted to the position of "Brand Manager" where she will continue to interact with our clients on a consistent basis but also take on some more strategic and tactical marketing responsibilities.     
Upcoming Trade Shows, Meet Us There!
North American Veterinary Community (Orlando, FL) January 16-20
Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (Ocala, FL) January 22-24
Lake Tahoe Equine Conference (Lake Tahoe, NV) January 25-29
Veterinary Orthopedic Society (Big Sky, MT) February 27-March 5