Inspiring young people at Owlsmoor Primary school

Animal Physiotherapy had a wondeful day inspiring young people at Owlsmoor Primary school.

Owlsmoor Primary School invited us to go and represent Animal Physiotherapists at thier school careers week. The school didn't see why children needed to wait until they hit senior school, to be exposed to the wonderous opportunities thier futures hold.

It was wonderful to be able to inspire young people and help them realise why they want to work so hard at school.

There were some wonderful questions and they seemed very keen (as did many of the teachers).

It was a great day and lovely to see so many eager and well behaved children.

Well done Owlsmoor Primary!

Welcome to Fern

Fern

Fern

Hello and welcome to Fern. Such a cute little collie. She really is a cuddle bum and a heart melter!

Sadly she managed to have an argument with a car. The driver was devastated as Fern didn't look where she was going and no one knew about the hole in the fence that she had found in a park.

The result was a dislocated elbow. It took time before it was relocated, but luckily for her, it was reduced without surgery, successfully.

So she came for physiotherapy to rehabilitate. We have to say, her recovery has been incredible! She has done so well by herself. But we can enhance this and give mum some confidence in her recovery. In the early stages the risk is that the joint is not yet stable and can pop out again. This has not happened so this is excellent news.

Her rehab encouraged good healing, range of movement and muscle building to support the joint. We are then slowly increasing the load in the joint and gentle stresses so that she can get back to her beloved agility. Mum is happy to do whatever keeps Fern happy, and agility does that so we are all keen to get her back where she is happiest.

Keep up the good work mum and Fern!

Get ready for fireworks season – Puppy Massage DVD

Puppy massage DVD

Puppy massage DVD

Fireworks season is fast approaching. We all know how stressful it can be for our dog, and therefore, for us too!

There are lots of things we can try to help with the stress. We have to work to find the best solution for the individual dog.

Our solution is massage. Donna Wills of Animal physiotherapy Ltd produced the Puppy Massage DVD to help teach owners how to do basic safe massage, in the comfort and security of thier own home. Meaning pure relaxation for both owner and dog. Great for any age, not just puppies, the techniques can be learnt young and implemented throughout life.

The fireworks season is long and intense. Our behavioural advice has all been overseen by a highly qualified behaviourist, Kris Glover, so that you will have the best chance to make this work well for your dog. We reccomend that the massage is learnt early before the fireworks begin, or simply get your dog used to it when they are not likely to be going off. Then when you are your dog are used to the process (this may not take many sessions) in anticipation of fireworks, set your home up as relaxing for your dog as possible and do your main massage time early evening, before they start, so as to put your dog in a highly relaxed state. The massage releases endorphines and seretonin, all making your dog more relaxed and less likely to react. You can enhance the environment by having relaxing music in, dog relaxaion sprays, and even some chamolime tea. The more options you use, the better it all works. Setting this all up in advance of the fireworks is important as this allows the dog to not associate these things with the impending fireworks. If you wait for fireworks, then set it up, it can make the 2 associated.

So with your home and dog relaxed, you should both be able to enjoy the night. If your dog does start to hear them, they may come to you for reassurance. Its vital you stay calm. As your dog is now used to the massage and doesnt associate it with only the bad fireworks, you can use it to add reassurance as needed and it will reinforce the calming.

We all know fireworks is hard on most dogs, and the severity of thier anxiety does vary. But if we can implement a healthy thought process to it all young in life, then it will stay that way.

So get your copy of the Puppy Massage DVD today. As featured in Crufts extra. Supported by T.V. vet Paul Manktelow MRCVS and 5 star review from the president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association, and Dogs Today magazine editor Beverly Cuddy.

Welcome to Reggie

Reggie

Reggie

Hello and welcome to Reggie. Such a sweet dog, though a little on edge.

His mum noticed he has been lame in a forelimb. It was always intermittent but it needed investigating. The vet saw him and couldn't find anything. So, as a drug free option for investigation, he was referred to us to see what we can find.

This option often works out really well as we specalise in mobility issues. But sometimes we also don't have x-ray eyes. We set Reggie on a new excercise regime to help see if we could stop the lameness, but as it was intermittent, no lameness was seen for a while, but we couldn't be sure if that was our regime or the pattern for the issue.

There were many possibilities, including corns. This breed are susceptible to corns and they can cause odd lameness patterns, but until visable, we can't easily identify them. This possibility remains on the table.

The lameness is seemingly reducing in frequency but possibly increasing in severity when it does come on.

So we need more investigation. Mum knows x-rays are an option but is worried about the anaesthetic. So we have suggested she look into thermal imaging. This is done conscious with high sensitivity cameras and a report is given from a vet. It may still not reveal an answer but its a safe investigation.

Keep up the good work mum and team. We'll get the answers soon!

Welcome to percy

Percy

Percy

Hello and welcome back to Percy. He properly refused to show anyside other than this one, so it must be his best side!

He came to us for a luxury massage a while ago. His mum is super aware of bodies and how easy it is to not notice age or injury creeping in, so she came to us for an MOT.

Percy is doing fabulously. But its always nice to hear it be official. Another real positive to getting annual assessments, is that your therapist can be aware of how the body is changing and how it was in its prime. Not every person can touch thier toes, so if they get an injury and still can't touch thier toes it may not mean much, but if you were more flexible before, it is nice to know the difference as it will show you need more help to return to normal function. As therapists we can work things out without an early age assessment, but its very helpful to have one on board.

Owners can then get hints and tips on body improvement and not just injury recovery. Its not just cars that benefit from the MOT safty check.

Well done mum and Percy, keep up the good work!

Welcome to Mabel

Mable

Mable

Hello and welcome to Mable. She is so so sweet and so so loved. Her dad noticed a lameness and wanted to ensure she had the best care, so instantly found us for physiotherapy.

The lameness was really very subtle and quite honestly on arrival to us, it wasnt noticable.

But thats ok. Any lameness of only 5 % or less is undetectable to the human eye, add that to a happy dog excited to be somewhere new, and it becomes even harder for low level lamemess. Thats fine though as our hands are our most important tool in ailment detection. Lameness is a complex subject.

On exam we found a few small issues going on, although not directly associated with the limb in question. This creates a great challange and we love pushing our minds to explore the body as a whole. The issues we found in the hinds can cause weight distribution changes and these can look like lameness and cause some lameness as the body starts to be used differently.

So we did our massages and stretches and sent her and dad off with a home regime. We are pleased to report that dad was instantly impressed and the lameness was not visable the following day. She has continued to be better since the home regime kicked in. Mable is in incredible condition, especially for her age. A wonderfully vigilant owner has a big part to play in that. He already had an excercise regime that included multiple walks in a day, and its a wonderful shout out to all employers who let people take thier dogs to work!

Keep up the good work dad and Mable!