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!
Hello and welcome to Tilly. She is an anxious collie but full of love.
She has had a mass on her carpus/ wrist for many years. More rescently mum started to notice her struggeling on at limb. She saw the vet who prescribed pain relief and physio.
On exam we noticed that the wrist actually droped to the side and there is immence stain in the colateral ligament
This is one of many that hold the wrist in place. Its less than ideal if its broken
So we have started ultrasound.
This is being well tolerated. There are excercises to go with this.
Tilly is doing well and has regained her spring in her step....scarily this also means lawn mower chasing. What a monkey!
Keep up the good work mum and Tilly!
Hello and welcome to Dexter. So sweet, but a little shy.
This poor boy had elbow dysplasia. So he went for a much needed arthroscopy. The bad bits of elbow were removed.
Whilst this all sounds wonderful, as it often is. This is not a perfect surgery an sometimes they are seemingly worse after. It doesn't mean the surgery wasn't worth doing, as the long term damage caused by leaving the bad bits of elbow in, will be very panful in the future and can potentially mean the elbow is worse in the long run.
So as sad as it was to see Dexter more sore, it was likely it was the right thing to do. But they needed more help for him. So they have come for rehabillitation.
We have assesed his needs and set a program to maintain his range of movement, build the lost muscle bulk, and relieve discomfort.
We have a long road ahead, but we are pleased to say, Dexter is making good progress.
Well done Dexter and family!
Hello and welcome to Marley. A scrumptious lab with a heart of gold.
He suddenly seemed lame in a front leg. He saw the vet who localised it to the shoulder and concluded it was probably arthritis. Mum and dad wanted a holistic care plan and have brought all thier dogs to us, so Marley came for his first trip too.
We did our exam and agreed that the shoulders were both a problem. We worked on a strengthening program.
However, the lameness remains intermittently. We are proud of our close relationship with vets and our all round team work approach. So we referred back to the vet for further investigation. We look forward to the results and getting Marley back to full health as he does love some rough play with his play mate!
Keep up the good work mum, dad and Marely!
Hello and welcome to Parker. Such a cute young man!
He became lame and mum felt she wanted to try physio before option for anaesthetics and x-rays. The vet agreed this was a good idea as they also had not found anything significant .
There was conciderable mucles loss in the lame limb but no pain signs when checked over, so we set some gentle muscle building excercises with a light walk regime, little and often.
We had great results and the lameness reduced. However the lameness didn't go completly, so after a few weeks the xrays and further investigation was done.
A partial ruptured cruciate was found. So he ended up needing surgery as a dog of his size has a far better recovery with surgical intervention.
But we are here ready and waiting for the rehab.
Keep up the good work mum and Parker!
Hello and welcome to Deckland. He is a very big and beautiful german sheppard.
One of the ailments they are famous for is called CDRM. This means they get very weak in thier hind. So Decland has been suspected of this disease and sent for physio.
Although this is a progressive disease and does get worse with time, there are things that can be done to slow it down.
The physio here is designed to keep the nerves fireing so they remain healthy for longer. Its also important this is managed correctly, as fatigue and over work can do the opposite and make the problem worse, faster.
So we have set Deckland up with a sensible and achievable home regime.
Keep up the good work mum, dad and Decland.
Hello and welcome to Charlie. This is a very sweet dog, but also, such a challange!
Charlie is very nervous, but totally handlable. But it does make the excercises a challange.
There was very little to find in Charlie. The vet also has not found the reason for the lameness, so we are working together on our hunt for an answer. There is a suspition that its neuroligical.
So we have set Charlie up with a very gentle home regime that will encourage good movement and gentle muscle building, and continue our investigations.
Keep up the good work mum and Charlie!
Hello and welcome to Billy.
This very sweat dog has highly compassionate owners.
His dad saw he was getting weak in his hind and wanted to make sure he was doing his best for him.
So he came for his physio assessment. He was not doing badly at all, but we can always make improvements.
So we set a home regime to help him be more comfortable. It was important we worked on strength building and keeping his nerve healthy and functional.
Keep up the good work dad, family and Billy!
Hello and welcome to Max. Possibly one of the noisiest patients we have ever had....luckily I have found that having a child has helped me learn to filter out noisy protests!
He has had a history of biceps tendonitis so his mum brought him in to make sure he is doing ok. Thay both love to do agility, but she is very sensible and keeps it low level and in his comfort and enjoyment zone.
We are pleased to say, that whilst we did find some issues to tweek, his biceps tendon was seeming very happy, so great news.
We have set sone excercises to gently fit in with normal life and help correct the other smaller issues.
Keep up the good work mum and Max!
Hello and welcome to Doug. This is a very lovely pug who has really been through the mill.
He alreafy had a mast cell tumor removed 18 months ago, which is a very nasty tumour. He did recover well from this.
But he since started suffering with his luxating patellas. His knee caps were dislocating.
So he had surgery for this. He had a lot of muscle loss on one side so we have set up a regime to get his confidence in the limb and get him rebuilding his muscle.
This does take time but he is making good progress. Keep up the good work mum and Doug!