Non-Pharmacological Interventions In Veterinary Medicine

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A rise in technological advancement has made it possible for wearable computing devices, with many companies such as google and apple feeding the increasing demands in these products with devices such as Fitbit, Jawbone etc[1]. There is a variety of wearable accessories that can monitor human activity; however, there is recent interest in using these devices for non-human applications[1] . There are many opportunities for wearable tech to be used in the medical industry, since often times it is difficult for doctors to accurately track a patient’s recovery. For example, diagnosing the severity of coughing has been reliant on subjective methods which consist of the patient’s perception of the symptoms using cough visual analogue scores, patient’s diaries and questionnaires . Many practitioners have adopted non-pharmacological interventions to help patients…show more content…
Many articles point to the fact that non-pharmacological interventions can help in improving the patient's quality of life, as well as significantly decreasing cough reflex sensitivity. However, there is no concrete evidence, study, or review on the efficacy of these treatments [8]. Humans are not the only patients who suffer with difficulties treating coughing symptoms. The veterinary medicine industry has interest in utilizing technological advancements to progress their therapeutic methods. In canines, the implementation of a cough monitoring device is in high demand. There are currently no methods for veterinarians to accurately analyze the effectiveness of therapeutic regimens on chronic cough. Alternatively, they must rely on observations and remarks from the patient’s owner. These observations are often unreliable and inconsistent. It is important that veterinarians have a reliable method for observing the severity and frequency of coughing in the patient, in order to provide adequate
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