Welcome to Chloe

Chloe

Chloe

Hello and welcome to Chloe. Such a sweet newfoundland x collie. She is such a cheeky bean though...she demands her cuddles and really shouts when you stop! Bless her!

Poor thing has been though the ringer in her life. She has had bladder cancer and chemo. Which worked really well and she has now finished that treatment. But her issue now is her arthritis. This is mainly in her hips and knees. She is sore from this.

So have set her up with a home regime that is more managable. Her regime does include weightloss as it is such an imperitive part of the procress for pain free living. The added challange for her is that her history of being proded and poked for her bladder issues mean she is back end shy. So we are taking our time and ensuring she is happy. Dogs have incredible memory and we are more recognising how these memories shape us and our behavours. This is true of our animals too. This extends to stress which can impact thier lives and increase pain perception. So there are many factors to take into account.

Chloe is already feeling better. But as arthritis does go in flare ups, it is usual for her to have better and worse days. As treatment progresses we will see less bad and more good.

Keep up the good work chloe and dad!

Welcome to Jess

Hello and welcome to Jess. Such a sweet old lady. She was rescued in her greyer years when her previous owners were too old to care for her or themselves amymore. Rehoming makes a scar on anyone and any animal. So Jess was fearful for quite some time. Her owner had 2 dogs and one was already a regular for physio, so mum brought both of them to see us. Jess was only along for the experiance.

Over time jess really started to relax in our room. It was so sweet to see how her whole face changed. She even chose to lay on the treatment bed after the other dog was finished But she remained scared at the vets.

We have an amazing relationship with all the vets we work with and pride ourselves on this. So when Jess started to have some problems we worked together as a team to be able to treat her and not traumatise her. There was impecible communication between all the team, and as Donna is also a registered veterinary nurse, it was an easy process.

Issues were identified. Namely a sore back and right shoulder, and also she had a wart growing inside her eyelid. This was also sore.

The vets prescribed eye drops and Donna was able to give tips on how to put them in safely. Donna also treated the back and shoulder with massage. Jess was clearly incredibly grateful and tolerated it all.

She is already free of spasm and a very happy and mobile dog.

Great team work by all. Keep up the excellent work mum. It takes calm care to put these worried dogs at ease.

Slippery floor problem solved!

Any dog or with cat with a mobility problem really struggles with slippery floors. My poor boy is no acception. He insists on laying on them anyway as he likes to be near us, but he can't get up easily. So we purchased more grippy vinyl flooring from www.floorsforpaws.com and thought we'd show you the difference! Its not as amazing as carpet for traction, but no other hard floor compares to this for grip in my opinion. Thanks floors4paws! Please also know, mymoor for the sake of this video, this is his normal behaviour and free choice.

Welcome to Charlie

Charlie

Charlie

Hello and welcome to Charlie. A dear little thing. He has been through the works as he ruptured both his cruciate ligaments in the past. But both have healed seemingly well and he was back to full normal life.

But more rescently he has shown lameness. This is potentially quite a complicated case. On exam we saw he had muscle wastage which suggests the issue has been there for some time. But he was also severly licking a patch of skin. This had rendeed this very sore, weepy and uncomfortable. This was on the same limb. This rang some mild alarm bells so mum was sent back to vet to get this treated. Sometimes a secondary issue can make the pain of the first seem so much worse.

So the skin was seen and treated and this improved immensily, so we could now concentrate on the limb. We know that cruciate rupture increases the liklihood of arthritis. A study showed us that in a joint with full rupture, the signs of arthritis can be seen within just 3 days! With odds like that it is easy to see how important fast stabalisation of the joint is.

So there is a strong chance we are working with another arthritis case here. Its important we treat every case individually as no case is ever the same.

We have done treatments and set mum up with a home regime. He is making good progress.

Keep up the good work mum and Charlie!

Welcome to Coco

Coco

Coco

Hello and welcome to Coco. A very excited and very sweet Springer spaniel.

His cruciate ligament ruptured and he went for surgery very quickly and it was a massive success. However, further down the line some issues started to appear. This can happen as the cruciate ligamnet rupturing has a big impact in the body. So you think everything has all been dealt with and then lameness appears.

Common issues are the cruciate in the other knee rupturing and arthritis starting in the ruptured knee even when surgery has gone well.

So we did our assessment and set up a treatment plan. Coco is doing really well already.

Well done mum, dad and Coco. Keep up the good work!

We are off to help rehabillitate elephants!

Elephant rehabillitation

Elephant rehabillitation

We are very proud to announce that we are soon to be leaving to Thailand to help rehabilitate elephants!

Don't panic, we only go for 1 week, so we will be back in action soon! So you can still contact us, but the voicemail will direct you to email us for the week.

A team of veterinary osteopaths and physiotherapists have been put together by the lovely Tony Nevin of zoo ost. We are so proud to be able to put our skill towards such an amazing cause and to work together to do a beautiful thing for these amazing animals.

We know what you are thinking! How in earth do you do physio on an elephant!? Well, yes it won't be the usual pattern of see them, feel them, pull them into positions. But remember, we are skilled at being able to treat all animals. And there are even some domestic cats who refuse to be touched, but we can still give an effective program of treatment. We can use thier own natural movements to our advantage and encourage them to move in a way, that might encourage muscle engagment of an area they have been avoiding. In doing so, they start using that area again, and trusting that it is possible. As its used more, it gains strength and they rely on it more. This inturn results in more healthy movement and thier whole body benefits from this. End result is reduced pain. This can be done for tigers or any other animal you can think of. Donna wills, founder of animal physiotherpy ltd, has ran several CPD events, teaching physios how to do physio on more unusal species, so this will enhance that training further. If you have interest in learning more on treating other species (most commonly its rabbits and cats that you'll see as aside from the usual dog or horse) then contact us for more information.

Its so important to help these animals out. Regardless of whos fault it is that they are in the situation, its important that we take the time to help fix it.

Watch this space for more updates on how its all going! Thank you Tony for organising it!

Welcome to Molly

Hello and welcome to Molly.

Such a sweet old lady. She has serious arthiritis and she was so sore. On top of that she also got an auto immune disease that was making her skin so sore.

So her mum made a great effort to do all she could to make her more comfortable. The skin was being treated and she started physiotherapy.

We got Molly on a great home plan, and she responded so so well. We are always so proud when we see the great changes so fast. Her mum was shocked and impressed and reported that within just a few weeks, she was back to her mobility a year ago.

Well done mum and Molly. Keep up the good work!