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.
Hello and welcome to Elwood. Such a sweet kind natured man.
Sadly he has very sore elbows. He has has arthroscopy for his elbow dysplasia on both sides.
Elbow dysplaisa is a really nasty disease and can be so debilitating. We see alot of it.
We can help Elwood become and stay more comfortable, but it will never be fixed as the cartilage in the joint is so damaged.
But we have set Elwood and his family up with a new regime to keep him comfortable and allow him to build some muscle.
Keep up the good work mum and Elwood!
We wanted to share the thank you from Owlsmoor primary school.
Last month we spent a day telling the students of Owlsmoor primary school, what its like to be an animal physiotherapist, what we do, and how we do it.
It was well recieved at the school. But we have been really touched by the wonderful book of thank you notes they sent in reply. Below are just some of the many pages.
It would seem we have had a positive impact with this profession there so hopefully there will be plenty of new blood to follow in our footsteps.
Good luck to anyone with thier dreams and asperations. Animal physiotherapy is a dream career and we are so proud to be able to help so many patients every day.
Hello and welcome to Mia. Such a sweet lady. She really is a heart melter!
But so crazy! She ran into a horse jump and managed to fracture her spine in her neck. She was instantly rushed to the vets who quickly sent her to the RVC for specialist investigation. Amazingly very little issue was found! But the fracture was nasty and in a very delicate place so she was given strict cage rest to allow it to heal and be safe.
She has since come for physiotherapy as she has random moments of lameness and pains. However this is only the start of her story as it is seeming incressingly complex and her symptoms are baffeling even the most amazing specialists.
We are keeping her comfy and she is having fun. But this is quite an incredible case and just shows how the body never ceases to amaze and pose challanges.
Well done mum and Mia. Keep up the good work!
Hello and welcome to Buddy. Such a cutie border collie.
Buddy has a highly vigilant mum who noticed he was a little lame at his agility class. Taking no risks she got him assessed and referred for physio. On assessment there was very little sign of issue until the forelimb was supinated. This is a particular movement, and if it elicits discomfort it is highly likely there is elbow dysplasia.
So we referred back to the vet who has initated referral to a specialist. As a physio we can help with elbow dysplasia. But its a complex disease and if its possible for us to get a formal diagnosis following better diagnostic imaging methods, then this is ideal. Afterall, we dont want to cause further cartilage damage unnecessarily.
So we are maintaining Buddy with non impact muscle work so no muscle is lost, just whilst he await his referal appointment and we look forward to the official diagnosis. Sadly elbow dysplasia is very common so its highly likely this is the issue.
Good luck Buddy! Keep up the good work mum!.