welcome to Chester

Chester

Chester

Hello and welcome to chester. This is the third and final dog from the same family. Mum knows its better to get them all a good check over and find things early!

Mum has been taking her family to hydrotherapy for a while and one session, they noticed one of the legs had a bit less muscle. They weren't worried bur suggested a check with a physio was a good safe idea.

Chester came for the assessment and whilst we did note the small reduction in muscle bulk on one side, there was not anything else to worry about at this stage.

Many things can cause an imbalance and we don't dismiss it. But sometimes its a beneign issue and sometimes its more.

We set a regime to rebuild the muscle. Its is quite normal to have some variatuon in muscle bulk.

We will monitor Chester and therefore see any deterioration. Seeing him early means we can track gow the potential issue has progressed.

Keep up the good work mum and Chester!

Welcome to Dizzy

Dizzy

Dizzy

Hello and welcome to Dizzy. Such a lovely airdale. We don't see many these days.

From a young age she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. As usual, this progressed to the sever osteoarthitis it is now.

The poor family have been through with Dizzy, including being told its time to think about putting her to sleep.

Her mum and dad weren't happy about this. They didn't believe it was he time. So they called in the physio.

We have set her up with a program to increase joint range of movement, build muscle and reduce joint stress.

Mum and dad have been amazing at following the regime and as a result, Dizzy is already more comfortable, and choosing to go out and about to visit the horses. This is all wonderful news. We are confident she has alot more good life in her yet, and this shows as she has also now reduced some of her medication!

Well done family! Keep up the good work!

Welcome to Sally

Sally

Sally

Hello and welcome to sally. This is such a cute but super nervous mongrel. We so rarely see a good old Heinz 57 these days.

This is a rescue and certainly seems to have some stories to tell.

She has been referred as the vet found her hips to be deformed in a very unusual way, causing the hip to be displaced. This means the limb effected is shorter and there are also some patella issues and muscle .

So we have done our assessment and set up a plan. This includes changing the home regime to one more suitable to a comfy limb. We have also to build up muscle in that limb.

So far, sally is doing well. She is already chasing more squirrels and is more keen to fun. This may not be ideal, but the willingness is a good tion that she is feeling better.

Keep up the good work mum amd Sally!

Welcome to Meg

Meg

Meg

Hello and welcome to Meg. This poor lovely lady has a hind limb lamenss. As an older girl, its a worry to do surgery.

So mum brought her for physio. We had a lengthy discussion and set a plan. However we found reason to suspect meniscal damage in with the stifle.

Mum has her plan and its going well, but we are mindful that there are many factors that make up a succesful plan and as a result, some of our plans are dynamic and evolve with the needs of the patient.

This is one of them. We continue to k closely with the vet for a good team result.

Keep up the good work mum and Meg!

Welcome to Percy

Percy

Percy

Hello and welcome to cutie Percy! He even came in all smart with his red bow tie!

This poor little man has had a very mild intermittent lameness. He copes well, but his mum wanted to ensure it ws sorted out as she doesn't want him in discomfort.

She saw the vet who sadly found nothing. This is not totally unusual when its a really mild issue. Due to it being so mild, mum was not keen for an anaesthetic.

So percy was referred for a physio exam. Its great when us physios and can work together for the best outcome for the patient.

We did our exam and found a very mild shoulder issue. We discussed this with the vet and formed a plan of excercises to begin.

This dog has many people in his daily life so it was a challange to set a plan that can be dynamic.

So far we are not on top of the problem, so we are going to the next step, of further investigation, which does mean he will need an anaesthetic. But at least we tried, and most importantly, we havn't dragged it out fo too long before more investigation instigated.

We look forward to the results. Not every issue is easily diagnosed. But a good team is the best plan.

Keep up the good work mum and Percy!

Welcome to Winston

Winston

Winston

Hello and welcome to Winston. Such a well behaved labrador!

He is a total fan of agility and his mum is keen to keep him in top condition so they can both keep having fun and do what they love most!

Winston devloped a mild lameness. So mum was straight at the vet. Nothing significant was found. So she decided to be double certain, and brought him for a physio assessment.

We were pleased to find not too much more! We discussed a gradual return to work program as his lamenes had gone, but we did't want to aggrevate any healing tissues.

Mum is highly vigilant and knowledgeable so we know he will be well looked after.

Keep up the good work mum and Winston!

Welcome to Mayhem

Mayhem

Mayhem

Hello and welcome to Mayhem. Super cute collie!

She has heen lame for a little while. Whilst she is "old" her mum knew this was not an excuse to ignore the problem and dismiss it as "normal".

So she came for physio as she wanted more than just to throw drugs at it.

This was a very successful stratagy! In only a short amount of time we have achieved a fully sound dog who is now back to leaping on to the bed! She has not done that in a while!

We are always thrilled when we see patients getting thier zest of life back!

Keep up the good work Mayhem and mum!

Welcome to Willow

Willow

Willow

Hello and welcome to Willow.

This is a sweet spaniel.

He ruptured his cruciate ligament.

He had a TPLO surgery. This is a very successful type of surgery. His recovery waa good, but as so often with these cases, he had extensive muscle loss.

So we set a program to encourage muscle to not deteriorate through the early phases of recovery, and then gradally grow the muscle bulk as he improves.

He is doing really well. Well done mum and Willow!

Welcome to Sakura

Sakura

Sakura

Hello and welcome to sakura.

Poor lovely Sakura is a husky.

She ruptured her cruciate ligament.

She had a TPLO at Hamilton referral. It was excellent and her recovery was fantastic.

She came for physio to help the rehab, but when the surgery goes so well, this is the easy bit.

We set her program and in a very small amount of time she was fighting fit again.

Well done mum, dad and Sakura!

Welcome to Hamish

Hamish

Hamish

Hello and welcome to Hamish. This is a very sweet dog who wouldn't say boo to a goose!

His mum felt he was starting to have trouble with the stairs, so it was time for some help.

The vet referred her straight to physio.

We did an exam and found her weaknesses and her areas of discomfort.

We did our treatment and set her up with a home regime.

Hamish is doing really well.

Starting early means both mum have time to learn and adapt to the new lifestyle. It also means the changes are smaller than when you wait until things are really bad.

Remember, age is just a number and getting old is not a disease. We can manage the things that happen as our bodies wear out, and we can be more comfy.

Keep up the good work mum and Hamish!