Hello and welcome to Mela. Such a sweetie. Sadly I forgot to take her photo!
She is a very young little cockerpoo and still growing into her body. But it has been noted that she is having some problems.
She has been seen by the referal specialist who noted atrophy of the fore limb, and elbow dysplasia. She also has a luxated patella.
So she has come for physiotherapy to help.
There is lots that can be done, but it does require hard work to get elbows comfortable and somtimes surgery is the only answer. It takes a team of people using all thier skills to get the best outcome.
So we have set Mela up with a home regime that will allow her to burn her energy, but not aggrivate the elbows further. She has some strengthening to do as we need to rebuild the lost muscle. We are focusing in the elbow at the moment and then will work on the patella in time but her pain level is our priority.
At Animal Physiotherapy ltd, we pride ourselves in staying in top of all the new information and studies being done on mobility and evidance based practice. Elbow dysplasia is an area where more information is regularly comming out and vets are trying hard to make elbow replacement more successful. We are certainly seeing elbow dysplasia diagnosed more frequently now. Its highly likley its not more common, but is better understood and therefore diagnosed faster. This is great news for our dogs as it means they can get the right treatment faster.
If you are suspitious of your dogs elbows then pop to your vets to get them checked out. Early detection and early treatment can mean less arthritis later on.
Keep up the good work Mela and mum