One of my clients kindly filmed this video when she was at the beach with her dog.
It clearly shows gravity force in action. Our dogs body and limbs go through a lot during ball play. Here you can see how the paw prints change depth in the sand dramatically, when the ball is clearly caught. You then see the instant direction change too.
We are not saying to never have fun. But its always worth bearing this information in mind, especially if old or debilitated. Its worth also keeping it in mind when young, to help avoid excessive stress and strain that can lead to disease or injury.
Thank you for the video Kathryn. Its wonderful to share examples and see proof of these issues. We can learn so much from sand.
Hello and welcome to Storm. Such a happy, massive labrador.
Poor thing has been suffering arthritis in his hocks from an early age. It was so bad that he was referred to a specialist orthopeadic surgeon who felt the only solution was an arthrodesis. This is not uncommon and involves using a plate to stabalise the joint. Once stable, bone forms and no movement is allowed. As a result there is no longer pain.
However the recovery was complicated by an infection getting in. So Storm had a long time on antibiotics and restricted excercise.
He was eventually referred for physiotherapy to help. He was very painful and still holding the limb in the air most of the time.
We gave him a gentle excercise plan to slowly get him to have some faith in the limb and place it on the ground.
We are pleased to say that with teamwork, between us and the vets, we are starting to make some headway and Storm is now using the limb. We will continue to rebuild his muscle and look after the other limb too.
Good luck storm, mum and family!
Hello and welcome to Monty. This is a very sweet and excitable dog who loves to have a lot of fun!
Monty was out having fun in a lake, when he came back severly bleeding. He had managed to cut right through 5 of his digital tendons on his hind limb!
He had emergancy surgery to repair the tendons, but wound breakdown was a high risk due to how dirty the wound was, and putting so much pressure through the paw.
His poor owner was actually mid move and so raced home to be with him. He had an amazing care team on his side.
He came for physio as he was unsuprisingly lame. We opted for ultrasound as this is the best treatment of choice for ligaments and tendons.
We followed out 8 weeks plan and he very quickly regained his comfort. We did a gradual return to work program so it would add the right level of stress through the healing tendons.
We are pleased to say, Monty is already back and happy and enjoying some off lead time. We remain cautious as the remodeling process will continue for a year, but his care team are excellent and his owner has been through this injury himself so has lots of sympathy.
We also want to add that the owner was amazing. Him and his friends went to clear the lake out afterwards, but sadly they could not find the item that did the damage. Sadly it is the risk of swimming in lakes as we can't see into them well. One peice of advice we do give regarding lakes, is that it is better if they don't jump off the side and only go in if they can walk in.
Well done team, dad and Monty!
Hello and welcome to Scarlett. A very nervous standard poodle. But very sweet.
Her mum told us at the end of the session, that she had never laid down in a therapy session anywhere before. So we were super proud of how well she relaxed for us!
She was no stranger to physio, but her mum decided she needed to try somewhere closer, so she came to us. She has had chonic back pain for many months. So we did our assesment and treatment. We were pleased to say she responded really well to the massage. So we set her up with a home massage regime and some core strengthening work.
She is doing really well, though it has been complicated by other illnesses that have occured during our time together. But mum is doing all she can to keep scatlett happy and comfy.
Keep up the good work mum and Scarlett!
Hello and welcome to Skye. Such a sweet hungarian Visla. She is super nervous too. Luckily we could put her at ease enough for our treatment programe. This one was pretty intence.
She managed to rupture her cruciate ligament. Very sad at 10 years old. But she is so fit and healthy so she had that on her side. We all explained the difficulty of having a dog over 15 kg doing conservetive management, but due to her age, her mum and dad wanted to try this.
We were so proud to say, that she was doing incredible well. By week 6 she was looking almost sound and was rebuilding her excercise appropriatly. She was on an ultrasound regime.
However as she got better, she got excited and happy and had a moment that set her back.
We had a frank conversation and she went back to the vets. The vet was super impressed because actually, she had found the cruciate ligamnet was now doing really well. So we had delt with the issue she had been referred for. But there was now a new issue. The vet felt there was some unusual bone growth and so she was referred for further investigation.
We also await the results. But well done mum, dad and Skye. You all did a great job and we hope this bone growth is not too serious.
Hello and welcome to Wilma. She is very cute. Sadly she is quite a poorly girl, with immune mediated polyarthiritis, and skin issues when not on her steroids.
She most rescently had a FHO also know as a femoral head ostectomy. This is where the head of the femur is removed so thst the body can make a new, false joint out of soft tissue. It is quite effective but immidiate physio allows for the best outcome.
So she has come for physio and we have had her on an excellent program of stretching and muscle building. She is doing great. She only has any hiccups when she has ran off too soon in the program. Cheeky monkey!
Keep up the good work mum, dad and Wilma!
Hello and welcome to Baloo. Such a sweet labrador. He is a biggun!
Sadly he ruptured his cruciate ligament. His mum decided to opt for conservative management. This is very difficult in any dog over 15kg, but as he was not totally lame and had improved by himself over a week, we thought it was well worth a try.
We set mum up with a home regime of muscle building and confidence building. We used ultrasound as its the best modality for ligament repair.
So far Baloo is doing wonderfully. It is likely he will have limitations as its likely he has arthritis in the joint. This can start to occure within just 3 days of a cruciate rupture so is fairly unavoidable. But he is now very comfortable and we will keep making adjustments to his program as he progresses.
Keep up thr good work mum and Baloo!
Hello and welcome to Jack. Such a sweet man. He is also great proof of how well a patient can relax in our chilled, homely environment. He is a rescue and has clearly had a difficult past, so the vets sent a care warning with his referral. Well, we have never seen anything other than sir-lick-alot!
He was referred for hind limb lameness. The vet was never totally convinced it was not a grumbling cruciate. Sometimes disease just isnt easy to clearly define, so a new set of eyes can really help.
On exam, we could see he was leaning off the limb and it was sore. We had our susptions that the issue was also in the hock and it was arthritis. These things can and do, occur in multiple joints.
So we set him up with a pain relief program, and some muscle building. We gradually rebuilt the excercise. However, we are also being mindful of his age and arthritis. We like a good life balance, and so like to promote a happy dog mentally and physically. So we don't restrict them completly but we do educate for the reasons why its worth making adjustments to the daily walk regime.
Jack is doing fantasically well and will remain well for a long time, but we are monitoring him and keeping his care plan up to date with his evolving needs.
Keep up the good work Jack and dad!
Hello and welcome to Harely. He is massive! Continental giant! And so beautiful. This one really knows how to pull your heart strings.
Harley was starting to have some mobility issues. So an x-ray was done. This showed arthritis in both knees.
Harley was referred to physio. It soon became apparent that the issue was far more complex. Sadly there was clearly also a neuroligical disease as well.
We were able to help harley to feel more comfortable and Harleys mum and dad have lots of ideas to help with pain control. Harley remains comfortable. Sometimes thats enough, just knowing our loved one is comfy.
Mum and dad are so completly dedicated to Harley, and she is loving her camomile tea. They have an excercise plan and are doing a great job. Well done mum and dad!.
Hello and welcome to Monty. So sweet. He had an intervertebral disk disease issue a few years ago that was fixed and everything seemed to be fine.
But then it seemed to happen again. The owner did really well and was very pleased with opting for conservative management, so no surgery. The healing was quite quick. But after approx 4 weeks, they noticed that the kyphotic (arched) spine shape had remained. So they decided to get us involved to help.
This can be the case due to chronic back pain grumbeling away and poor strength in the core muscles. So we reduced his excercise right down to a little and often regime so snap into a better walking posture. We also gave core strengthening excercises.
We are pleased to say Monty has responded really well and has now lost the arched back and is enjoying his walk regime again.
Well done Monty and family.