Hello and welcome to Coco. This very cute and young Cockerpoo got diagnosed with hip dysplasia.
Poor mum was worried sick that this meant a life restricted to lead walks and no fun. So she booked into Animal physiotherapy.
We did an assessment and got down to business. This dog is destined to a long and happy life. He can and will still have fun! We have made some changes to home life, but more importantly, we have helped mum understand the disease and so therefore understand how to aid it. We have given a home regime that will rebuild muscle and support for the hips.
We are pleased to say, mum has been back for one follow up so far, and she was over the moon to see her dog so happy as he has already made progress and is acting more like a happy puppy should.
Well done mum amd Coco, keep up the good work!
Sometimes, when your patients are just too cute, you just have to have a cuddle!
Anya loved her treatment and had to follow up with a cuddle.....as do so many of my patients!
And then cuty Mia tried desperatly to not fall asleep during her massage and was rudely awoken by my giant squidgy hug!
Sometimes (alot of the time) all professionalism is thrown aside for a more important patient cuddle 😊
Hello and welcome to Macey. Such a sweet hungarian visla. But so timid.
She has started to show issues in her hind so came to us for an assessment. We found she has some neurological deficits and hind limb weakness.
So we set her a home regime. Every patient is different, so even though this was a very similar to another new case we had come in earlier the same day, her regime was still very different and suited to her individual needs.
Keep up the good work Macey and mum!
Hello and welcome to Tyson. Such a sweet dog.
He has been referred by his vet because he seemed to loose the muscle in his hind very quickly. This is generally not a very good sign and can be associated with a few things.
So we did our assessment and it was clear that he had some neurological deficits. His nerves were not working as well as they should be. This can account for rapid muscle loss.
His joints were actually quite good so we could rule out arthritis being a main factor.
So we set his owners up with a home regime that focused on nerve health. If you can imporve or at least slow the nerve degeneration, you will improve the muscle bulk in turn.
Mum and dad were also amazing because they noticed early and so we are able to make good changes whilst he is capable of implementing them.
This will be a life long change for him. There is no quick fix that will mean he no longer has this issue. So mum and dad will have to be commited to a home regime long term. But we do pride ourselves with working with the mum and dad to make a home regine that suits both patient and parent as it is all most effective if easily achieved.
Keep up the good work mum and dad!
Hello and welcome to Faith. She is a very sweet little heinz 57! She was brought over from Romania by Help for Hope. Her story is that she was kicked so hard her back was broken. At this time she also had a very young puppy and was still feeding him. So a vet took her in and did spinal surgery. But sadly she remained paralysed. She still has her puppy and continues to be a good mum!
Sadly she was left for months with no rehabillitation, which makes this whole process much more diffucult. But she has now at least, got the care she needs.
We did an assessment. Her hind limb use is very poor but there was a slight sign of engagement of muscle in the Right hind. Amazingly, in the first session we got her standing and taking weight and attempting to move her paws to step. But she does prefer to drag herself as this is now a more effective way to move for her and therefore faster.
Her bladder control is less then ideal which is not usually a good sign, but her ability in just one session give us great hope. We have given her a robust home regime!
We have videos to follow so watch out for them!
Keep up the good work mum and Faith. This one is a family affair so its great you have so much support!
We are so pleased to report that we attended the RAMP AGM yesterday.
AGM's are often particulary boring affairs, but in this evolving profession its a hot topic! So we decided to go to the AGM and learn more about the RAMP register that we are part of. It was actually brilliant!
The RAMP register is currently a voluntry register. The plan is that eventually all muskuloskeletal practitioners that are working on animals with physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractics, will all be on a register. The register is there to protect the owner and make sure the owner can have faith that the practitioner is of high standard. It also helps the referring vet know the same. So we registered for RAMP very soon after it came out, and we were pleased to be accepted.
It is a similar principle to the RCVS, as they are a register all vets have to be on, and any nurses working with the title RVN as they are also registered. It keeps them accountable for thier actions and makes them keep upto date with training as the science is evolving so fast now.
As a new register they are also going through lots of evolution. We didn't know what to expect of attending the AGM, but it was a great opportunity to meet the faces of the people who run it.
They gave fantastic information about the future of RAMP and thier vision. They then opened the floor for questions. Well, we didn't hold back. We asked lots of questions and they were all taken very well and answered very kindly.
It was a wonderful experiance and we would strongly reccomend that any other of us MSK practioners try really hard to go next year, they were very welcoming.
Well done RAMP!
Hello and welcome to Megan. So sweet. Lovely little rescue. Had the world at her paws until she got attacked by another dog. She largly recovered but her mum felt it aged her immensily.
Since then she has seemed old and slow and weak, so her mum brought her for an assessment.
Her joints were actually incredibly amazing. No real sign of arthritis which always amazes us as its so common. But there were signs of neurological degeneration, so her nerves are not communicating well with the muscles and she is weak.
But we can still work on this. We can improve balance amd proprioception, and inturn this will improve strength. So we have started her in a home regime and she is making improvememts already.
Keep up the good work mum and Megan!
Hello and welcome to Ricky. Such a sweet Chihuahua!
Sadly they can commonly have knee problems and this one got hit with two of them. He had both a luxating patella and degenerated cruciate ligament.
He had a TTT which is a surgical correction to fix both at the same time. It went very well, and physio was the next step for the rehabillitation phase.
We set Ricky up with a home regime. He is doing really well and we look forward to getting him back to full health and function soon.
Keep up the good work mum and Ricky!
Animal Physiotherapy had a wondeful day inspiring young people at Owlsmoor Primary school.
Owlsmoor Primary School invited us to go and represent Animal Physiotherapists at thier school careers week. The school didn't see why children needed to wait until they hit senior school, to be exposed to the wonderous opportunities thier futures hold.
It was wonderful to be able to inspire young people and help them realise why they want to work so hard at school.
There were some wonderful questions and they seemed very keen (as did many of the teachers).
It was a great day and lovely to see so many eager and well behaved children.
Well done Owlsmoor Primary!
Hello and welcome to Fern. Such a cute little collie. She really is a cuddle bum and a heart melter!
Sadly she managed to have an argument with a car. The driver was devastated as Fern didn't look where she was going and no one knew about the hole in the fence that she had found in a park.
The result was a dislocated elbow. It took time before it was relocated, but luckily for her, it was reduced without surgery, successfully.
So she came for physiotherapy to rehabilitate. We have to say, her recovery has been incredible! She has done so well by herself. But we can enhance this and give mum some confidence in her recovery. In the early stages the risk is that the joint is not yet stable and can pop out again. This has not happened so this is excellent news.
Her rehab encouraged good healing, range of movement and muscle building to support the joint. We are then slowly increasing the load in the joint and gentle stresses so that she can get back to her beloved agility. Mum is happy to do whatever keeps Fern happy, and agility does that so we are all keen to get her back where she is happiest.
Keep up the good work mum and Fern!