Hello and welcome to Tonka. Possibly the most humungous dalmatian we have ever seen!
So so sweet. His mum felt he had been very uncomfortable for a week and it had got progressivly worse. The vet also was unsure of what was going on but found some possible back pain. So he was sent for physio.
On most of the exam there was very little to find. Until we did a spinal extention check and found some discomfort in the lower back. Its possible this is linked to disk problems.
So he has been referred back to the vets for further investigation and referral.
We await the specialists report from the x-rays, but there was an amazing odd turn of events. When asleep it was noticed he had incredible amounts of stomach gas. This is often associated with a GDV. Since having this reduced he has been much better! Its is highly unusual for this to happen with so little symptoms as GDV can be fatal within hours.
So this fascinating case is keeping us all on our toes and reminding us all to think outside the box. We look forward to more information from the orthopeadic specialist.
We will then likely work on core strengthening programes.
Keep up the good work mum and Tonka. We'll have our answers soon!
Hello and welcome to Buddy. A very cute Sproker.
He had a run in with a car and dislocated his hip. Sadly it wouldnt go back in well and it was discovered that he also had hip dysplasia.
So he had to have his femoral head and neck removed.
His recovery seemed good but he has never used the leg fully since. So he has started hydrotherapy and physiotherapy to get him confident in the limb again.
Its important that with this type of surgical procedure, they get using the limb again quickly. The physio helps them do this confidently so they don't fear the limb use. The hip is very clever and forms a false joint out of the scar tissue. But its important we help allign the healing tissues correctly so that a good range of movement is maintained. This will allow the most comfort life long.
Keep up the good work mum and Buddy!
Hello and welcome to Olive. Such a cute pug!
This one has quite a story. I'm always a sucker for a happy ending! This little bean was rehomed via battersea dogs and cats home. Poor thing contracted mange and her original owners couldnt cope. So she got taken home with a staff member for foster and never went back. Well done mum and dad!
The new parents have looked after her so well ever since. But as she has aged a bit of intermittent odd gait started to occur. The vet saw her and felt she had a luxating patella. This is certainly a common issue in this breed. Depending on its severity, it can be something where surgery can be avoided if mum and dad can put in the work to help rebuild sufficient muscle.
On exam her patella did luxate once and there were some hints of arthritis, but her muscle was not too bad which was good news. Catching early is very helpful.
So we set them all up with a home regime to build strength in the hind, and help keep the patella in place. We also found some back pain so we are also working on that with massage and core strengthening.
Keep up the good work mum and dad! We are confident she will be able to rid herself of the luxations soon!
We just wanted to show you how much cats love massage and physiotherapy.
We have shown videos of other cats enjoying it in the past. But this man was so cute we had to share it with you all.
Jasper had his femoral head and neck removed and very much appreciated his physio.
Hello and welcome to Cassi. Such a sweet little labrador. She has been very well for a lot of years. Her mum is super vigilant and looks after her joints well. But in the last 18 months she noticed some changes and one of her back legs starting to have some problems. These seemed neurological. An x-ray showed low level change and nothing of great significance. So she decided to try physiotherapy.
We have done our assessment, and made some changes to her life that are more suited to this life stage. This has included changing the walk into 2 smaller ones so she has the same amount, but its more managable. We have also given her some excercises to keep her nerves more active. These have been balance excercises. We also noticed some issues in the fore limbs, so we have given some appropriate massage.
Keep up the good work mum and Cassi!
Hello and welcome to Chilli. Chilli is such a sweet old man. He is now 16y! He has made it through most his life pain free. But he slowed down in the last year. In the last 3 weeks he really got lame in one leg and it looked more like there was a possible spinal problem effecting his nerves.
Mum decided it was time to get some extra help and make his golden time more comfortable. So we have done our exam and found some issues. We did a treatment and set mum up with a home excercise regime to keep Chilli more comfortable. Some of this regime include excercises to improve nerve health and co ordination, this will in turn improve mental health as well as physical health. At 16y he is a very old man, but that doesnt mean there is nothing we should do.
Keep up the good work mum and Chilli.
Hello and welcome to Mowgli. Such a sweet rescue dog. Another that has found itself suffuring elbow dysplasia. Such a shockingly common disease these days. Although its most likely we are simply better at diagnosing it.
He was referred to a specialist who did an arthrscopy. He was very good. He felt there was some drastic surgery needed, but on further investigation only the arthoscopy was needed. It was also suggested an elbow replacement may be needed in the future.
Mowgli did really well and was pain free for a year. But he has now started to show lameness again.
Its always fully expected that following these interventions, arthritis will still creep in, but hopefully later than it would if the intervention was not done. On exam and discussion it seems like arthritis is not the likely cause of lameness yet.
So we have set Mowgli up with some muscle building and a more gentle home regime so we can regain more normal limb use. However, it is likely we need to all work as a team in this case, and so the specialist may need to look at the cartilage in the elbow again, as some more may have broken and so may also need removing. We shall see how his progression goes.
Good luck mum and Mowgli. Your doing a great job.
Hello and welcome to Tess. Such a dear little mini Dachund.
Sadly her back was an issue. She has actually been a highly sprightly little tyke, running and jumping all around the home. You would think that would have built up her core muscles well.
But sadly her disk buldged into her spine and caused injury. She was rushed to referal and a spinal disk extrusion was performed that night. She recovered really well, and now 5 weeks after surgery, her walking is fantastic.
But she remains weak in her hind so mum has brought her for physiotherapy. Her body is quite amazing. She has a huge amount of muscle bulk in her limbs, but comparitivly low muscle bulk in her back. Her neurololgical exam showed good coordination which is great, but there is a weakness in the hind limbs.
So there is lots we can do. We have set up a home regime that works on her stamina to slowly build her endurance strength. We are also working her core muscles so she uses her body better. And we have given an excercises to improve her proprioception as this will help the spinal cord heal better.
Keep up the good work mum and Tess. Its very tough in this heat, but take advantage of shady areas and use the house for the excercises too.
Hello and welcome to jemima. She is a little beauty and also feisty! She managed to injure her fore leg. She was found in the garden unable to use one leg. She was rushed to the vets who sent her straight for referral.
The injury was directly effecting her brachial plexus which feeds into several vital nerves. Radial nerve being one of them. This damage had rendered her paraylsed in the limb from the elbow down. This is sadly not uncommen. The referal center refered her to physio.
So we immediatly set her and mum up with a home regime. Its vital that we work on the limb regularly throughout the day, but we also have to give her rest and recovery time too. This is all about the timing.
So we have set her up with a program of massage PEMF therapy, stretching and some exercises to encourage limb use and vibration through the limb.
We are pleased to say there has already been some progress, but this is a long journey as nerve recovery can be notoriously slow. But whilst there is progress, we can be optomisitic.
Good luck Jemima. Keep up the good work mum. You're all doing great!
Meet Danny! So so cute! Danny is the latest puppy to reap the rewards of dad learning to massage.
Danny's dad has witnessed the power of massage for dogs for himself, and so, when he got his new puppy he decided the first thing he was going to do (after vaccinations) was get himself the Puppy Massage DVD so that he could learn to massage Danny and make him feel calm and happy and confident with touch. He knows first hand, that this will become immensily valuble in later years too.
Keep up the good work Dad. Danny is such a lovely little pup, though he wont be little for long! It makes us so happy to see such love and care for new additions to the family.