Hello and welcome to Polly. Such a sweet cat. She sadly managed to damage her front limb and it was paralysed.
It's known as a brachial plexus avultion and is something we do see frequently. Cats can get this from catching thier leg when they jump out of a tree or being hit by a car or such like.
Some cases are amazing and can regain full use of the limb. But some are more severe and don't recover, meaning amputation is the only option.
So in order to give the limb the best chance, physiotherapy is essential. We can look after the limb during its healing. We help maintain circulation, muscle bulk, ligament strength and stop the contracture that occurs if it is left without any help.
We are so pleased to report that Polly had a short recovery time of only a few weeks. Sadly we didnt get a video when she first came in, but you can see her amazing walk below, with only a tiny limp seen. This limp was totally resolved by the end of our treatment time.
Well done polly, mum and dad! Its takes amazing dedication to get patients through paralysis or pareisis.
Hello and welcome to Buddy. Such a well behaved young labrador.
He had an accident in what you would think, was a safe place. He slipped on the patio amd managed to catch his leg causing a very deep lasseration.
He has to have a drain put in place and be stitched up and rested.
His mum and dad realised that they should fund out if physio can help recovery.
Well done them for asking! There is so much we can do, and in getting the perfect healing, we can ensure less scar tissue is formed and that they are back to full function quickly.
It was a very complicated wound though and got infected. Not unusual in a limb with a nasty wound.
So we gave an excellent home regime and taught mum and dad how to look after the limb with massage to help break down adhesions and encourage a more comfortable scar. As there had been the added complication of an infection, there was alot of scar tissue. So we have also been using ultrasound to encourage correct collagen allignment. We do see the Buddy is more comfortable in his stride after his ultrasound.
Well done mum, dad and Buddy. Keep up the good work! You'll be back to full bounce in no time!
Hello and welcome to Marley. Such a sweet cat. He has been referred for physio because he is starting to show weakness in his hind limbs.
Cats are so resiliant that many seem to show no issues from the day they are born to the day they go. So it takes a vigilant owner to spot the problems.
It often seems like cats dont get mobility issues but they do suffer arthritis just like all animals. Spotting the signs can be very subtle. They may just go out less, sleep more, not groom themselves, not jump as often and such like. This can be such a gradual thing that you often forget how active your cat once was. But do remember, we slow down for a reason and thats often because we ache.
So we have done our exam and found that Marley is actually doing brilliantly and his mum has picked up on the signs very fast. This is wonderful as early treatment will be so effective and build him up for a happy future.
We have set Marley up with a strengthening program and done some massage to comfort his lower back.
Keep up the good work mum and Marley! We'll have you feeling better in no time.
Well this one will be a quick blog!
This super sweet staffie cross lots of other things, has an amazing mum, who takes her little one to agility.
She decided it was time to get her checked over thoroughly to ensure there was nothing detrimental going on.
This is an excellent idea. Picking up issues early means they won't be as bad as you can make good adaptions or work on thier weaknesses. Or finding out there is nothing wrong will give you excellent peace of mind and let you strive in with confidence.
Mazie was found to be in excellent condition with excellent flexibility. We gave sone suggested excercises just to add a bit more tone in the hind. Mum was very pleased.
Keep up the good work mum and Mazie!
Hello and welcome to Louie. Such a sweet cavalier king charles spaniel.
He was seeming off balance and his mobility was getting worse. He was referred to fitzpatric and diagnosed with degenerative myleopathy. This was confirmed with genetic testing which came back positive.
Sadly it means this illness will never be cured. Its very sad. But it can be managed. So he has been referred for physio.
Following assessment we found he still had a good amount of muscle. Its important we try to maintain the muscle and keep the nerves healthy by challanging them. The trick with this disease is to not allow the muscles to go to fatigue so its vitally important the home regime is optimised to allow Louie great quality of life, good challanges to keep his muscles and nerves healthy, but not too much that his limbs get tired.
We have set louie up with a home regime and he is doing well. We can stop the disease progressing as fast as it would without physiotherapy which is excellent news.
Keep up the good work mum and Louie.
Hello and welcome to Meg. Such a sweet wire haired dachund. And no bad back this time! Yay!
This little angle has come in because mum noticed she was starting to look stiff in her hind. Her vet noticed a creeky stifle (knee) so referred for physiotherapy.
We are pleased to say, we did our assesment and found her to be in good condition! We did a treatment and set her up with a home regime to build her strength, keep her comfortable and make adjustments in her life to better suit her body and life stage.
She is doing really well already. Keep up the good work mum and Meg!
Hello and welcome to Dolly. She is a very cute and well behaved little dachund.
Sadly this breed are very prone to poor disks. This is the case in most dwarf breeds.
The issue was detected quickly and she was rushed for surgery and the spine was fixed. However there was already damage done to the spinal chord and she was paralysed in the hind. So physiotherapy was needed. The vets she went to were very good in physio and instantly started her on a program, and she was referred to us for continued rehabilitation.
Like many small dogs, she is adapting well and believes life is fine without the need of her hinds. So we have to work on reminding her that life will be better if she can put the effort in to learn to use the hinds well again.
Her strength is slowly progressing and we are hopeful of a good recovery.
Keep up the good work mum and Dolly. We'll have you in all 4 paws soon.
Hello and welcome to Archie. Such a sweetie. These young boys do get themselves in trouble at times and Archie is no acception.
Archie was in an accident and was hit by a car. Poor thing had his pelvis seriously broken. The vets questioned weather it was right to keep on trying to save his life.
But archie was a fighter and so were his parents. He made an astonishing recovery and was sent to us for physiotherapy to ensure as best recovery as possible.
Your pelvis hold your power limbs so its very important we get the recovery timed correctly.
We are so pleased to report that Archie is recovering so well! Sadly he has other ideas about his recovery rate and its hard to keep him calm. But its important we ensure the pelvic bones heal well before he is allowed to go crazy over the fields again.
Keep up the good work Archie, mum and dad! We'll have to back to work in no time.
Hello and welcome to Hendrix. This very sweet pomeranian is very old. He has developed criciate disease. This can be more common when old as your muscle reduces and so there is less support for the joints.
As a small dog they do recover easier and are less lilely to require surgery. So Hendrix came for conservative management.
We did our assessment and set him and mum up with a home regime.
He had been making good progress prior to seeing us so we were confident the outcome would be favorable.
We are pleased to say Hendrix has already made a full recovery. Well done Hendrix and mum!
Hello and welcome to Jess. Such a sweet dog and so so nervous. But its fine. We did her assessment in a kind way in our non clinical, homely environment, and she coped well.
She has been referred regarding elbow dysplasia. Such an aweful disease, it can be so painful and debilitating.
So we have set her up with a home regime so that mum can help manage the pain at home. We have given muscle building work that will help support the joints too.
Keep up the good work mum and Jess. We'll have you feeling better soon.