Hello and welcome to Dizzy. Such a lovely airdale. We don't see many these days.
From a young age she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. As usual, this progressed to the sever osteoarthitis it is now.
The poor family have been through with Dizzy, including being told its time to think about putting her to sleep.
Her mum and dad weren't happy about this. They didn't believe it was he time. So they called in the physio.
We have set her up with a program to increase joint range of movement, build muscle and reduce joint stress.
Mum and dad have been amazing at following the regime and as a result, Dizzy is already more comfortable, and choosing to go out and about to visit the horses. This is all wonderful news. We are confident she has alot more good life in her yet, and this shows as she has also now reduced some of her medication!
Well done family! Keep up the good work!
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 George. This sweet man is slowing down.
As his sister was alreasy seeing us, mum decided to bring him in to get checked over too.
She is thrilled that she did! We have given him the once over. We identified his issue areas and we have set up a new home regime suited for his ability. This will re build at a comfortable pace and keep him from getting over stressed in his issue areas.
Keep up the good work mum and George!
Hello and welcome to Storm. Such a happy, massive labrador.
Poor thing has been suffering arthritis in his hocks from an early age. It was so bad that he was referred to a specialist orthopeadic surgeon who felt the only solution was an arthrodesis. This is not uncommon and involves using a plate to stabalise the joint. Once stable, bone forms and no movement is allowed. As a result there is no longer pain.
However the recovery was complicated by an infection getting in. So Storm had a long time on antibiotics and restricted excercise.
He was eventually referred for physiotherapy to help. He was very painful and still holding the limb in the air most of the time.
We gave him a gentle excercise plan to slowly get him to have some faith in the limb and place it on the ground.
We are pleased to say that with teamwork, between us and the vets, we are starting to make some headway and Storm is now using the limb. We will continue to rebuild his muscle and look after the other limb too.
Good luck storm, mum and family!
Hello and welcome to Jack. Such a sweet man. He is also great proof of how well a patient can relax in our chilled, homely environment. He is a rescue and has clearly had a difficult past, so the vets sent a care warning with his referral. Well, we have never seen anything other than sir-lick-alot!
He was referred for hind limb lameness. The vet was never totally convinced it was not a grumbling cruciate. Sometimes disease just isnt easy to clearly define, so a new set of eyes can really help.
On exam, we could see he was leaning off the limb and it was sore. We had our susptions that the issue was also in the hock and it was arthritis. These things can and do, occur in multiple joints.
So we set him up with a pain relief program, and some muscle building. We gradually rebuilt the excercise. However, we are also being mindful of his age and arthritis. We like a good life balance, and so like to promote a happy dog mentally and physically. So we don't restrict them completly but we do educate for the reasons why its worth making adjustments to the daily walk regime.
Jack is doing fantasically well and will remain well for a long time, but we are monitoring him and keeping his care plan up to date with his evolving needs.
Keep up the good work Jack and dad!
Hello and welcome to Harely. He is massive! Continental giant! And so beautiful. This one really knows how to pull your heart strings.
Harley was starting to have some mobility issues. So an x-ray was done. This showed arthritis in both knees.
Harley was referred to physio. It soon became apparent that the issue was far more complex. Sadly there was clearly also a neuroligical disease as well.
We were able to help harley to feel more comfortable and Harleys mum and dad have lots of ideas to help with pain control. Harley remains comfortable. Sometimes thats enough, just knowing our loved one is comfy.
Mum and dad are so completly dedicated to Harley, and she is loving her camomile tea. They have an excercise plan and are doing a great job. Well done mum and dad!.
Hello and welcome to Tico. Such a sweet little cat. Mum noticed she had started over grooming her belly. She saw a vet but nothing was found. But mum was still worried and had a physio session to explore the mobility better.
On watching her move we could see there was a slight gait abnormality in the swing phase of movement in the hind limb. This was subtle, but it was there. On futher exam there was reduced extention in that same hip.
Other than this she was a very comfy girl. But she is older, so arthritis would be a likely finding. We did her massage and set her up with a home regime to encourage her joint range. This itself is pain relieving.
We are pleased to say Tico is already seeming more comfortable at home. The licking did subside for a while and it has now come back, so we still have further to go on our rehab journey, but this is ok. We know her hip is definitly more comfy as her joint range is now normal. But every body is unique and individual and so we must work to finding Ticos own personal plan to create a discomfort free body.
Keep up the good work mum and Tico!
Hello and welcome to Chloe. Such a sweet newfoundland x collie. She is such a cheeky bean though...she demands her cuddles and really shouts when you stop! Bless her!
Poor thing has been though the ringer in her life. She has had bladder cancer and chemo. Which worked really well and she has now finished that treatment. But her issue now is her arthritis. This is mainly in her hips and knees. She is sore from this.
So have set her up with a home regime that is more managable. Her regime does include weightloss as it is such an imperitive part of the procress for pain free living. The added challange for her is that her history of being proded and poked for her bladder issues mean she is back end shy. So we are taking our time and ensuring she is happy. Dogs have incredible memory and we are more recognising how these memories shape us and our behavours. This is true of our animals too. This extends to stress which can impact thier lives and increase pain perception. So there are many factors to take into account.
Chloe is already feeling better. But as arthritis does go in flare ups, it is usual for her to have better and worse days. As treatment progresses we will see less bad and more good.
Keep up the good work chloe and dad!
Hello and welcome to Jess. Such a sweet old lady. She was rescued in her greyer years when her previous owners were too old to care for her or themselves amymore. Rehoming makes a scar on anyone and any animal. So Jess was fearful for quite some time. Her owner had 2 dogs and one was already a regular for physio, so mum brought both of them to see us. Jess was only along for the experiance.
Over time jess really started to relax in our room. It was so sweet to see how her whole face changed. She even chose to lay on the treatment bed after the other dog was finished But she remained scared at the vets.
We have an amazing relationship with all the vets we work with and pride ourselves on this. So when Jess started to have some problems we worked together as a team to be able to treat her and not traumatise her. There was impecible communication between all the team, and as Donna is also a registered veterinary nurse, it was an easy process.
Issues were identified. Namely a sore back and right shoulder, and also she had a wart growing inside her eyelid. This was also sore.
The vets prescribed eye drops and Donna was able to give tips on how to put them in safely. Donna also treated the back and shoulder with massage. Jess was clearly incredibly grateful and tolerated it all.
She is already free of spasm and a very happy and mobile dog.
Great team work by all. Keep up the excellent work mum. It takes calm care to put these worried dogs at ease.