Welcome to Chilli

Chilli

Chilli

Hello and welcome to Chilli. Chilli is such a sweet old man. He is now 16y! He has made it through most his life pain free. But he slowed down in the last year. In the last 3 weeks he really got lame in one leg and it looked more like there was a possible spinal problem effecting his nerves.

Mum decided it was time to get some extra help and make his golden time more comfortable. So we have done our exam and found some issues. We did a treatment and set mum up with a home excercise regime to keep Chilli more comfortable. Some of this regime include excercises to improve nerve health and co ordination, this will in turn improve mental health as well as physical health. At 16y he is a very old man, but that doesnt mean there is nothing we should do.

Keep up the good work mum and Chilli.

Welcome to Mowgli

Mowgli

Mowgli

Hello and welcome to Mowgli. Such a sweet rescue dog. Another that has found itself suffuring elbow dysplasia. Such a shockingly common disease these days. Although its most likely we are simply better at diagnosing it.

He was referred to a specialist who did an arthrscopy. He was very good. He felt there was some drastic surgery needed, but on further investigation only the arthoscopy was needed. It was also suggested an elbow replacement may be needed in the future.

Mowgli did really well and was pain free for a year. But he has now started to show lameness again.

Its always fully expected that following these interventions, arthritis will still creep in, but hopefully later than it would if the intervention was not done. On exam and discussion it seems like arthritis is not the likely cause of lameness yet.

So we have set Mowgli up with some muscle building and a more gentle home regime so we can regain more normal limb use. However, it is likely we need to all work as a team in this case, and so the specialist may need to look at the cartilage in the elbow again, as some more may have broken and so may also need removing. We shall see how his progression goes.

Good luck mum and Mowgli. Your doing a great job.

Welcome to Tess

Tess

Tess

Hello and welcome to Tess. Such a dear little mini Dachund.

Sadly her back was an issue. She has actually been a highly sprightly little tyke, running and jumping all around the home. You would think that would have built up her core muscles well.

But sadly her disk buldged into her spine and caused injury. She was rushed to referal and a spinal disk extrusion was performed that night. She recovered really well, and now 5 weeks after surgery, her walking is fantastic.

But she remains weak in her hind so mum has brought her for physiotherapy. Her body is quite amazing. She has a huge amount of muscle bulk in her limbs, but comparitivly low muscle bulk in her back. Her neurololgical exam showed good coordination which is great, but there is a weakness in the hind limbs.

So there is lots we can do. We have set up a home regime that works on her stamina to slowly build her endurance strength. We are also working her core muscles so she uses her body better. And we have given an excercises to improve her proprioception as this will help the spinal cord heal better.

Keep up the good work mum and Tess. Its very tough in this heat, but take advantage of shady areas and use the house for the excercises too.

Big Dog Bed Company Now Stocking Puppy Massage DVD

Big Dog Bed Company Now Stocking Puppy Massage DVD

We are proud to announce that the Big Dog Bed Company are now Stocking Puppy Massage DVD

We are big fans of the Big Dog Bed Company. largely because our patients are big fans! We use a Big dog Bed Company bed for our treatments. It was a great investment. They off er a bespoke service so they come as you need them, so in your home they are very cosy and comfy.

We us, its foldable, easy to clean, supportive and comfy, waterproof, antibacterial, odour minimising, wipe down cover, 3 yr guarantee and Purple!

In the home it comes in a choice of colours and is machine washable. We love that it's actually hospital grade foam, so has a cross hatch system, which actually comes back up faster than memory foam. This makes it more ideal for an older god trying to get out of bed once its been squashed down.

A lot of love and care has gone into this company so take a look at what they offer.

And Thank you Big Dog bed company for supporting the Puppy Massage DVD.

Remember, the Puppy Massage DVD is a learning tool to help you get your Puppy confident with all over body touch. It even covers gum massage which will help with getting them used to tooth brushing and is relaxing. It helps you become confident with home massage. Making this an ideal early tool, ready for if then ever need rehab. And of course any older dog will always benefit from massage so learning to be confident in this will help you deliver safe effective home massage. Then, if you ever need a therapist to really work on the problem areas, they can advise you and update your skill so you can work together to make a perfect home regime for your dogs individual needs.

We are also blogging to CAM, the Canine Arthritis management foundation, so follow CAM to see our blogs and get up do date Arthritis care tips. arthritis care starts as a Puppy!

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Big dog bed Company now stocking the Puppy Massage DVD

Patient enjoying Bed!

Patient enjoying Bed!

Now stocked at Big Dog Bed Company

Now stocked at Big Dog Bed Company

Welcome to Jemima

Jemima

Jemima

Hello and welcome to jemima. She is a little beauty and also feisty! She managed to injure her fore leg. She was found in the garden unable to use one leg. She was rushed to the vets who sent her straight for referral.

The injury was directly effecting her brachial plexus which feeds into several vital nerves. Radial nerve being one of them. This damage had rendered her paraylsed in the limb from the elbow down. This is sadly not uncommen. The referal center refered her to physio.

So we immediatly set her and mum up with a home regime. Its vital that we work on the limb regularly throughout the day, but we also have to give her rest and recovery time too. This is all about the timing.

So we have set her up with a program of massage PEMF therapy, stretching and some exercises to encourage limb use and vibration through the limb.

We are pleased to say there has already been some progress, but this is a long journey as nerve recovery can be notoriously slow. But whilst there is progress, we can be optomisitic.

Good luck Jemima. Keep up the good work mum. You're all doing great!

Puppy love

Meet Danny! So so cute! Danny is the latest puppy to reap the rewards of dad learning to massage.

Danny's dad has witnessed the power of massage for dogs for himself, and so, when he got his new puppy he decided the first thing he was going to do (after vaccinations) was get himself the Puppy Massage DVD so that he could learn to massage Danny and make him feel calm and happy and confident with touch. He knows first hand, that this will become immensily valuble in later years too.

Keep up the good work Dad. Danny is such a lovely little pup, though he wont be little for long! It makes us so happy to see such love and care for new additions to the family.

Welcome to Benny

Benny

Benny

Hello and welcome to Benny. So beautiful. We do have a collie crush. Benny was full of nerves when he arrived at the door, but we are so pleased to say that his mum commented that he has never setteled so well anywhere before! We do feel its so important to put our patients at ease.

Benny was a rescue and has such nervousness. Mum has done so well at working through the issues. She has done lots of training and classes. But it became evident that he had some issues in his hind. He actually saw quite a list of therapists before he got to physio, but we are glad he has got here now.

On assessment it was clear that he did have emotional issues and that can manifest in the body and make minor ailments seem much worse. After all, pain is a responce of the emotional region of the brain. Hence why we can control it, and why we all experiance different levels of pain, with the same pain stimuli.

We did also find some hind muscle imbalance and there was tension in the illiopsoas muscle on the left side.

So we have discussed the findings with mum and set her up with a home excercise regime to build up the right hind.

Keep up the good work mum and Benny and we'll be on top of the problems soon.

Performance Dog – Now Stocking the Puppy Massage DVD

Performance Dog are now Stocking the Puppy Massage DVD

We are proud to announce that the Performance Dog website are now stocking the Puppy Massage DVD. We met them at Crufts 2018 and they were happy to support our DVD.

They supply books and DVD's and lots of other things that help creat happy rounded dogs.

Here is what they say about themselves:

"At Performance Dog, we are a small, knowledgeable and friendly team with a long and dedicated history of working with dogs. We understand the specialist needs of competitors and handlers who want the best for their working partners.

We offer the UK’s largest selection of dog books and DVDs, covering all aspects of care, behaviour and learning, plus sports equipment, therapy products and a brilliant range of interactive dog toys. We research all our products carefully and offer the best from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. Our suppliers include Clean Run, Dogwise, Tawzer Dog, Wicked Hounds, Clip N Go Agility and Tug-E-Nuff .

As Dogbooksonline we earned a reputation for providing outstanding customer service. The new name Performance Dog better reflects the wide range of products we now offer, but the same old values apply; you, the customer, comes first.

If you have a question, please contact us. If you want a product you we don’t currently stock, we will do our best to source it for you.

We offer a free shipping service within the UK, as well as a next day delivery option, and international delivery. Our aim to dispatch all orders within one working day."

Performance Dog

Performance Dog

Thank you for stocking the Puppy Massage DVD Performance Dog! We are all working together to get the world massaging thier dogs. Start young and keep them healthy, happy and confident.

Now stocked at Performance Dog

Now stocked at Performance Dog

Arthritis care tip

Here is a quick Arthritis care tip!

If your dog has a weak hind you need to build thier strength in the hind to give them more support. The usual excercises can get a bit boring so here is a tip that can be great for both you and your dog!

Now its summer there are beautiful medows and long grass around. Take advantage and walk them in this.

The height of the grass will make them lift thier head high and they are more likely to engage thier hinds to drive forward, more than they do in short grass. They also need to pick thier limbs up more, which increases range of movement and with that, they improve thier ability to balance. You also get a cushion effect from the soft ground so there is shock absorbtion for the joints too. So its a great work out! As a result, its also very tiring so you may only need to do half the time of the normal walk. It also may require walking somewhere you dont usually go, so this is great even if its only done once a week.

But with all good fun comes a word of warning. It can be easy to loose you dog in the grass so keep your eyes on them all the time, incase it is a bit much for them. And also be aware that this is grass seed season. Grass seeds are a nightmare if they get into the body. So after the walk check for seeds in ears, eyes, and paws. If you see one get it out, but be carful you dont push it in further. If in doubt, nip to the vets for a helping hand. Vets do deal with grass seads all the time. They are anoying and suprisingly common, but also not common enough reason to avoid the beautiful medows in my opinion.

Happy walking!

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Welcome to Sandy

Sandy

Sandy

Hello and welcome to Sandy. She is so sweet and actually a very good healer! She had a total hip replacement not that long ago and recovered really well. But she is also accident prone. She managed to severly sprain her hock on the other hind limb. She saw the referral specialist, who put the limb in a brace and allowed it to be supported through the healing phase. The brace was gradually reduced in strength so that more support was done by the dog and it could strengthen. This is how braces should be done. As a result the recovery was brilliant. But she has now come for physio to strengthen her limb and get her back to normal life.

Dad has been great at following the program set and she is recovering well. This all takes time and involves gradually building the load and stress put through the limb so thay the strength is rebuilt and no more damage is done.

She will soon be back to normal. Keep up the good work dad and Sandy.