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!

Welcome to Sage

Sage

Sage

Hello and welcome to Sage. This super cute border collie came for a mobility check. Such a great idea for any dog. Its always helful to know if issues are sneeking in, then you can make adjustments early.

Sage is actually an agility loving dog too. Mum felt Sage must get an assessment, after we had such a great success with her other dog Fern. Fern came to see us after she dislocated her elbow. She made a full recovery and is now back to full life including agility.

Sage is in excellent condition and its a weight off mums shoulders to know thats great. We gave some tups on muscle building so that she can stay in peak condition for as long as possible.

Keep up the good work Mum, Sage and Fern!

Welcome to Poochie

Poochie

Poochie

Hello and welcome to Poochie. Such a happy little jack russel. She has been through alot though.

In her mid-life she had a herniated spinal disk and surgery was performed. She made a full and strong recovery and had no further issues for many years. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Poochie became paralysed again.

She saw the referral specialist who concluded that she had scar tissue around the spinal chord and fluid had built up within this which was conpressing the spine. Options were to do physio and see if it would resolve with time, or surgery that was not very likely to resolve the issue, or a wheelchair.

Mum made a great plan and decided to try the physio and then if it didn't resolve, she opted for a wheel chair unless Poochie seemed depressed. As her age was against her the surgery was risky for no real strong liklihood of recovery.

We started the physio. Poochie had strong intention tremors which made standing hard but possible. Oddly these do help provide vibration which can be useful in rehab. Over 8 weeks, poochie made slow progress and was able to stand for longer, but no real progress to walk and there was little evidence to suggest that an adequate ambulation would develope. So we opted for the wheelchair and to create a good management program that will promote and happy comfortable life with the use of the chair.

We gave excercises that will still need to be done daily, but these are achievable. The chair arrived and was an excellent fit. She is still getting used to it, but this will improve as she gets used to it.

Poochie remains happy and we are very proud of her and mum. Keep up the good work!

Welcome to Polly

Polly

Polly

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.

Welcome to Buddy

Buddy

Buddy

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!

Welcome to Marley

Marley

Marley

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.