Welcome to Maisy

Hello and welcome to Maisy. Such a beautiful Dalmatian. She has had a good life but has started to stuggle in the last 18m since jumping off a barge.

She saw the vet who diagnosed degenerative joint disease in the hips and cruciate disease in the knee. Mum and dad have seen her slow down and start to struggle with stairs. But she still has a strong zest for life and is super happy and keen. 

Following her assessment, we found a few issues which do reflect the struggles she is having. So we have set her up with a home excercise regime that will increase her range of movement, reduce her pain, and strengthen the weakened muscles. We may start her on some ultrasound therapy too, depending on how well she has responded at our next session. 

We'll have you feeling better soon Maisy. Keep up the good work mum and dad. 

Visit Crufts Stand 50, Hall 1! For Puppy Massage DVD, Photizo and IAAT

Visit Crufts Stand 50, Hall 1! For Puppy Massage DVD, Photizo and IAAT

Puppy Massage DVD - First Stockists

Puppy Massage DVD

Come visit Crufts at the NEC Birmingham, Stand 50, Hall 1! For Puppy Massage DVD, Photizo and IAAT. Crufts starts tomorrow. One of the biggest dog shows in all the world, and worth a visit even if you only go for the shopping! Any dog lover can buy anything you could dream of there. There is discounts and information, so you can also learn about the many valuable canine welfare and education organisations.

Photizo Light Therapy

Photizo Light Therapy

Photizo have a stand. Stand 50, Hall 1. There you can meet Ruth and get your own Photizo vet, or come and learn about how their red light therapy works. They are one of our Puppy Massage DVD stockists, so you can get your own copy from them. Get there quick though to avoid them running out.

 

Photizo are also kindly supporting IAAT and International Association of Animal Therapists
allowing them to represent themselves on the stand. IAAT is the International Association of Animal Therapists and they represent musculoskeletal therapists all over the world. We are members of this organisation and we will be there Sunday to help represent them. There will be people from this organisation every day, and Donna, founder of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd will be there on Sunday too, so pop along to say hello and we can answer any questions you may have.

Crufts is only on once a year and runs from 9th -12th March so don't miss it!

To get to  the NEC the NEC is served by the M6 and M42 motorways and there are extensive car parking facilities on site. For the convenience of the public, shuttle buses operate from the car parks to the main entrance.

For SatNav users the NEC postcode is B40 1NT.

To visit the Crufts website, cick Here

 

 

Welcone to Beau

Hello and welcome to Beau. 

This total sweetheart has been through the mill and back. Luckily she has some gold star parents. I am so proud to be lucky enough to work with so many amazing animal parents!

This mum and dad got thier 2 labradors as puppies and thought they were starting out thier happy family. But at 4 months old it became apparent that BOTH dogs were suffering lameness. On investigation at Fitzpatrick referrals it was evident they both had very serious hip and elbow dysplasia in both sides. They were told that they needed operations on both hips and elbows, otherwise euthinasia would be the kindest option. As the dogs were so young, all the surgeries were done over the space of 1 year. So thier amazing parents had a tough year of rehabillitation and the dogs had a tough year of recovery, but they did it.

It was a great success and they recovered fully and led amazing lives running freely.

However Beau has since developed further complications and has possibly become my toughest case to rehabillite yet. 1 year ago she started licking her front paw. It didnt respond to the usual treatments and got very sore and swollen. So she was referred to a dermatologist. Skin can take ages to respond to treatment so this was not a fast process. The skin responded and improved but she was still lame. So she was referred to an orthopeadic specialist who did a CT scan and found a dislocated toe. The sore and infected skin conplicated the procedure and treatment options so she was sent to another orthopeadic specialist who decided the best option, due to the work that has been done on the elbows, was to pin the digit. This went well aside from a few post surgery complications. But she was still licking the paw.

So as a physio case I have to: rehabilitate the dislocated toe; take care as the skin is highly inflammed and mildly infected; strengthen the interphalangeal ligamnets which have weakened due to lack of weightbearing in the lame period; take care to be mindful of the over worked elbows which had prior surgery and are now arthritic; rebuild muscle; rebuild limb confidence;  allow enough excercise for mental stimulation whilst not too much to further damage the paw.
The case is further complicated by the fact that I can't use electrotherapies as many of these rely on encouraging the inflamatory responce, and its so over inflammed. I cant use ones that are contra indicated in presence of infection, and touching the paw is also irritating. 

But I have set a plan of excercise little and often, ice packs after each walk, passive range of movement on the elbows to improve and maintain elbow health. I am working closly with the vets for an ideal outcome and we are talking frequently. 

I have my next plan which will include introducing intrasound, which should increase the interdigital ligament strength without encouraging inflammation. I will also start some weightshift work to encourage limb use and strength and confidence. Weightbearing is very important.

This is a really interesting case. Its great to see so many veterinary professionals working together closly with the owner for the best outcome.

Beau remains incredibly happy throughout this whole thing and mum and dad remain so incredibly dedicated. Gold star parents! 

Keep up the good work family Beau! We'll have you feeling better soon!