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Old 07-12-2013, 09:14 AM
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There was recently an article in Clean Run about the potential market for the use of thermal imaging in diagnosing soft tissue injuries in the canine athlete. I'm looking into purchasing a thermal imaging camera and starting a side business where I would take the images and give them to the client, who would then bring them to their sports vet/regular vet/chiropractor/acupuncturer to help them establish the best course of treatment. I would most likely set up booths at agility trials/disc comps as well as do appointments.

What's cool about this technology is that they say it can detect injuries up to three weeks prior to the dog actually showing any clinical symptoms. So if the dog is dropping bars or showing some other sign that they are "off", a thermal image could be a quick look into if there is any physical reason for it. It's also really great for pinpointing those hard to diagnose soft tissue injuries like groin, back or toe injuries.

Here's my question, mostly directed at those who do performance sports with their dogs, but obviously I value everyone's input. Would you pay $50 to get thermal imaging done on your dog?
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:22 AM
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Yes. Can you do Gusto this afternoon?
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:27 AM
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That's a really cool idea, and I hope you get it off the ground.

Personally, I would not pay to have that done at a trial, especially at that price. I'm a cheapo and don't travel to trials with excess cash on me or any intention on spending more money than what I've already paid in entry fees. I don't use the services of the massage therapists or chiros either. But, that's just me! If I were to use something like that, it'd probably be on my own time, booked at a clinic. I'm not sure why, but I value the services more outside of the trial environment.

E: Sorry, I misread and thought you said you were only doing these at trials.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:28 AM
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Yes. Can you do Gusto this afternoon?
When my boss told me about it initially, I was listing off dogs in my head that I knew would benefit from it. Gusto was on that list, not that you are local or anything, but I just know of so many dogs that have these hard to diagnose injuries.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:32 AM
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$50 would be very reasonable here. A chiro at a trial is usually $40-60

I'd use anything that helps give me insight into possible problems with my dog. Hopefully before it becomes too much of an issue. $50-60 here and there is much better than $300+ to see the sport vet when something is really bad.
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:42 AM
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That's a really cool idea, and I hope you get it off the ground.

Personally, I would not pay to have that done at a trial, especially at that price. I'm a cheapo and don't travel to trials with excess cash on me or any intention on spending more money than what I've already paid in entry fees. I don't use the services of the massage therapists or chiros either. But, that's just me! If I were to use something like that, it'd probably be on my own time, booked at a clinic. I'm not sure why, but I value the services more outside of the trial environment.

E: Sorry, I misread and thought you said you were only doing these at trials.
I'm kind of on the same page. I don't think I would schedule an appt for a chiro or massage at a trial but I have scheduled them outside of trials, with the same people.

I don't go to trials with spare cash either. But the good thing about doing this at a trial is that in some cases dogs will be "off" or dropping bars at the end of a two or three day trial. A thermal image at that point would be a lot more indicative of the problem than a thermal image done after a period of rest. Which is why making an appointment in that specific case wouldn't be as beneficial.


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$50 would be very reasonable here. A chiro at a trial is usually $40-60

I'd use anything that helps give me insight into possible problems with my dog. Hopefully before it becomes too much of an issue. $50-60 here and there is much better than $300+ to see the sport vet when something is really bad.
Ya, our chiro's are usually in that same price range. I'm thinking $50 wouldn't be bad. I don't think I could ask much more than that though.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:10 AM
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Here's my question, mostly directed at those who do performance sports with their dogs, but obviously I value everyone's input. Would you pay $50 to get thermal imaging done on your dog?
I don't do performance sports (yet) but I would absolutely do this, now, with Mu and Murphy. Who are apparently capable of soft tissue tears in the backyard. >.<
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Yes, want to come do Blaze this afternoon?

Goodness, xrays are more than $50 here. . .
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:31 AM
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Yes, want to come do Blaze this afternoon?

Goodness, xrays are more than $50 here. . .
Same. Rads at my clinic are $250, but that includes interpretation from a radiograph specialist who we send all of our digital rads to.
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I would pay $50, yes. I think this is a really awesome idea, I hope it works out for you!
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