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Prevalence of Suicides Among Veterinarians is on the Rise

The pressures of the medical profession are daunting, and they are not limited to practitioners of human medicine. New statistics reveal an alarming rate of suicides among veterinarians: the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association recently revealed that veterinarians are 3.5 times more likely to die by suicide than the average person. Being a veterinarian is both rewarding and incredibly stressful. According to an article in Time, these elevated suicide rates can be attributed to “long work hours, work overload, practice management responsibilities, client expectations and complaints, euthanasia procedures, and poor work-life balance. Studies have also [...]

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What are the Side Effects to Veterinary Medications for Anxiety, Depression & Pain?

If you have pets in your family, you probably already know that they’re a lot like we are in some ways. Just like humans, animals can experience happiness, excitement, and joy – and just like humans, they can also suffer from anxiety, depression, and pain. And because of that, they’re often prescribed medications to help treat their ailments, similar to the way humans are. One main difference between animals and their humans, however, is that our pets can’t tell us when their medications are making them feel sick or unwell. As it turns out, some commonly prescribed veterinary medications carry [...]

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Fetch in 50: A Dog and His Human Travel Across the Country Together

https://vimeo.com/291592853 In this short, heartwarming video, a dog named Gus and his human T.J. Olwig take a road trip across the country in an attempt to play fetch in all 50 states. Narrated from the point of view of Gus, the film is sure to resonate with and bring a smile to animal lovers and adventure-seekers everywhere. T.J. Olwig and his dog, Gus, traveled to all 50 states to play fetch in each one. Gus also happens to be a patient of Dr. Ava Frick, the Veterinary Medical Director for Electromedical Products International, Inc. (the makers of Alpha-Stim® [...]

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Veterinarians Have New Guidelines For Reducing Opioid Use in Animals with Pain

You have probably heard that the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. But did you know that it’s not just a problem for humans – and that animals suffering from pain are also frequently given these addictive drugs? The IVAPM, in tandem with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, published a white paper titled "Opioid-sparing pain therapy in animals: working task force". With the human opioid epidemic in the background, the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management joined forces to publish a white [...]

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Video: Dr. Ava Frick Demonstrates Alpha-Stim Smart Probe Pain Protocol

Dr. Ava Frick, Veterinary Medical Director of Electromedical Products, International, Inc., home of Alpha-Stim® technology, reviews pain treatment protocol for animals using the Smart Probes. She says that the protocol designed for applying Alpha-Stim microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) is just as important as the device's patented waveform. It's a five-step protocol that is the same for any part of the body.  The five steps are very simple and easy to master. Dr. Frick demonstrates the Big X pattern, which is the first step of the animal pain protocol. No matter where the problem is on your [...]

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Dr. Ava Frick to Hold Free Veterinary Seminar on Microcurrent Therapy

Mineral Wells, Texas – October 17, 2018 Dr. Ava Frick, Veterinary Medical Director for Electromedical Products International, Inc., and pioneer in the field of microcurrent therapy and integrative animal rehabilitation, will hold an educational seminar for veterinarians on the incorporation of Alpha-Stim® therapy in veterinary practices on Thursday, November 8th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Renaissance Dallas-Richardson Hotel in Richardson, TX. Alpha-Stim is an FDA cleared, handheld medical device that treats pain, anxiety, insomnia, and depression via microcurrent electrical therapy (MET) and cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES). Lecture topics include: Introduction to Alpha-Stim and steps to successful use and implementation [...]

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Alpha-Stim® Technology Compared to TENS units, PEMF, and Lasers for Veterinary Medicine

Renowned veterinarian Dr. Ava Frick was recently asked by another veterinarian about the difference between Alpha-Stim and other technologies in the treatment of animals. Her response below explains the functioning and the indications of several different modalities. Therapeutic devices work via a combination of: Waveform (e.g., biphasic, sinusoidal or other), Amplitude (microamperes or milliamperes), Frequency (Hz). This works because cells also work within those parameters pending species, sex, age, diseases, scar tissue, whether sympathetic- or parasympathetic-dominant, hormones, etc.  You can better imagine how those 3 factors (wave, amplitude and frequency) affect you if you look at things in your daily life that [...]

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Letter from a Grateful Owner of Dog with Separation Anxiety

The following is an email to Dr. Ava Frick, received September 1, 2018. My name is Deb Apted and about 13 years ago my vet, Dr Doug Pernicoff, sent me and my German Shepherd to meet with you. I'm not sure if you will remember Rexxi, but she suffered from severe separation anxiety. Severe. Dr Doug and his associates had done all they could for her and suggested we work with you and a behaviorist. We started the Alpha-Stim and some holistic medication. We worked long and hard together to find a balance. I think I sent you an update [...]

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Inspiring New Book Features Alpha-Stim® as Key to a Dog’s Recovery

Nobody Told Me My Legs Don’t Work: Journey of a Down Dog is the remarkable true story about a golden retriever named Keegan and her two devoted humans, Travis and Renea Yates. After suffering a spinal stroke, Keegan was left paralyzed from the shoulders down – but Travis and Renea refused to give up hope that their beloved dog might walk again someday. The two embarked on a life-changing journey that tested their marriage, their patience, and their finances. Travis and Renea were committed to doing whatever it took to help Keegan leave behind her “down dog” status and learn [...]

Dr. Carrie Woodcock – Veterinarian Testimonial for Alpha-Stim

"Every patient with pain is treated with CES regardless of how we are treating the rest of the body. We pair CES with laser, pEMF, manual therapy or as a standalone treatment for painful and/or anxious patients. We use the probes for local, regional, and global pain relief and healing. We have used Alpha-Stim on everything from TPLOs to down dogs to wounds. It provides us with an additional option for pain relief in patients where laser is not an option. It allows us to attack pain and nerve conduction dysfunction from a different angle thus enhancing our multi-modal approach [...]

How Are Electroceuticals Used to Treat Pain?

Ava Frick, DVM, CVC, FAIS, chief of staff at Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic in Eureka, Missouri, explains how electroceuticals are used to treat pain and instances where it is most effective.  Video by American Veterinarian Electroceuticals, and microcurrent therapy, is also approved for use as a pain device. Some specific cases would be chronic arthritis, we could actually use it through a degenerative arthritic joint, one that has a lot of exostosis— that bone that's laid down where it shouldn't be. We can use it in referred pain, like a radiculopathy, where there might be pain in the [...]

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Electroceuticals: The Wave of the Future Is Now

Written by Ava Frick, DVM, CVC, FAIS, for American Veterinarian Increasingly, treatment for a host of conditions and ailments is based on electroceuticals rather than pharmaceuticals. Instead of prescriptions for chemical molecules, some doctors are prescribing specific frequencies, waveforms, and amplitudes for their patients. This is not science fiction—it's happening right now. It’s not really a stretch to see how this can be. Every day, car engines are started and doors are opened from a distance using a fob. This is made possible by matching frequency signals (waves) that are programmed to initiate a ligand–receptor type of reaction, allowing people [...]

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Alpha-Stim® is the Future of Veterinary Medicine

https://youtu.be/6BbJdKStdiI Ava Frick, DVM, CVC, FAIS is the chief of staff at the Pet Rehab & Pain Clinic in Eureka, Missouri. In the video above, she discusses the role of electroceuticals in treating pain, depression, anxiety, and insomnia in animals. Electroceuticals, Dr. Frick explains, “are prescription medical devices in the United States that are used to emit a specific type of a frequency and waveform that can benefit the body by improving overall health.” Alpha-Stim® is one such device; it is an FDA cleared medical device that treats anxiety, insomnia, depression, and pain in both humans and animals. Alpha-Stim [...]

Paralyzed Dog Walks Again After Alpha-Stim Treatments

Special Needs Animal Shelter Using Alpha-Stim to Give Rescued Animals a Second Chance Alpha-Stim has been clinically proven to provide fast, safe and effective relief for humans—and it is also a great treatment option for animals! One animal shelter is using Alpha-Stim to help rehabilitate a dog with an unusual condition. Animal Lifeline of Iowa is a no-kill, special needs shelter that was recently featured in the media for using Alpha-Stim as therapy for a 5-year-old Shih Tzu named Baxter who was unable to walk. His owner gave him to the shelter after a number of doctors claimed there [...]