Hello and welcome to Smokey. Such a beautiful Brittish shorthair. He really is lovely.
His mum made such a huge effort to keep him safe and happy. Then he had an accident when he fell in his own home. He hurst his knee and had surgery at an amazing referal specialists.
Sadly there was a complication and vast amounts of scar tissue developed in the capsule of the knee. This meant he developed severe restriction in range of movement. This happened very quickly. She came for physio to see if it could help. Mum was wonderful and had seen a physio very early but it had not worked out, so she changed to us for help.
We tried a few things but sadly the scar tissue was very bad. The treatment that seemed to provide the most relief was the intrasound.
Sadly the limb deteriorated and the lateral hock ligament broke down. Ligaments are amazingly strong but require use to maintain that strength. Reduced use of the limb meant the ligament health reduced.
So Smokey is now going to have the limb amputated. This seems sad. But actually it will mean he is pain free and able to move without the difficult limb in the way.
Animals can do so well on 3 and Smokey will too. He will be far happier. He will join the amputee club. It has many members, including our own dog!
Physio is a wonderful tool but sometimes the body has other ideas.
Keep up the good work mum and Smokey. You worked hard to preserve the limb. But he will be fine without it.