Hello and welcome to Coco. A very excited and very sweet Springer spaniel.
His cruciate ligament ruptured and he went for surgery very quickly and it was a massive success. However, further down the line some issues started to appear. This can happen as the cruciate ligamnet rupturing has a big impact in the body. So you think everything has all been dealt with and then lameness appears.
Common issues are the cruciate in the other knee rupturing and arthritis starting in the ruptured knee even when surgery has gone well.
So we did our assessment and set up a treatment plan. Coco is doing really well already.
Well done mum, dad and Coco. Keep up the good work!
Hello and welcome to Molly.
Such a sweet old lady. She has serious arthiritis and she was so sore. On top of that she also got an auto immune disease that was making her skin so sore.
So her mum made a great effort to do all she could to make her more comfortable. The skin was being treated and she started physiotherapy.
We got Molly on a great home plan, and she responded so so well. We are always so proud when we see the great changes so fast. Her mum was shocked and impressed and reported that within just a few weeks, she was back to her mobility a year ago.
Well done mum and Molly. Keep up the good work!
Hello and welcome to Marley. Such a sweet cat. He has been referred for physio because he is starting to show weakness in his hind limbs.
Cats are so resiliant that many seem to show no issues from the day they are born to the day they go. So it takes a vigilant owner to spot the problems.
It often seems like cats dont get mobility issues but they do suffer arthritis just like all animals. Spotting the signs can be very subtle. They may just go out less, sleep more, not groom themselves, not jump as often and such like. This can be such a gradual thing that you often forget how active your cat once was. But do remember, we slow down for a reason and thats often because we ache.
So we have done our exam and found that Marley is actually doing brilliantly and his mum has picked up on the signs very fast. This is wonderful as early treatment will be so effective and build him up for a happy future.
We have set Marley up with a strengthening program and done some massage to comfort his lower back.
Keep up the good work mum and Marley! We'll have you feeling better in no time.
Hello and welcome to Olive. Such a cute pug!
This one has quite a story. I'm always a sucker for a happy ending! This little bean was rehomed via battersea dogs and cats home. Poor thing contracted mange and her original owners couldnt cope. So she got taken home with a staff member for foster and never went back. Well done mum and dad!
The new parents have looked after her so well ever since. But as she has aged a bit of intermittent odd gait started to occur. The vet saw her and felt she had a luxating patella. This is certainly a common issue in this breed. Depending on its severity, it can be something where surgery can be avoided if mum and dad can put in the work to help rebuild sufficient muscle.
On exam her patella did luxate once and there were some hints of arthritis, but her muscle was not too bad which was good news. Catching early is very helpful.
So we set them all up with a home regime to build strength in the hind, and help keep the patella in place. We also found some back pain so we are also working on that with massage and core strengthening.
Keep up the good work mum and dad! We are confident she will be able to rid herself of the luxations soon!
Hello and welcome to Cassi. Such a sweet little labrador. She has been very well for a lot of years. Her mum is super vigilant and looks after her joints well. But in the last 18 months she noticed some changes and one of her back legs starting to have some problems. These seemed neurological. An x-ray showed low level change and nothing of great significance. So she decided to try physiotherapy.
We have done our assessment, and made some changes to her life that are more suited to this life stage. This has included changing the walk into 2 smaller ones so she has the same amount, but its more managable. We have also given her some excercises to keep her nerves more active. These have been balance excercises. We also noticed some issues in the fore limbs, so we have given some appropriate massage.
Keep up the good work mum and Cassi!
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.
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.
Hello and welcome to Holly. Beautiful oldie golden retriever. She actually shares her home with Hugo who we have talked about before.
Her parents have brought her in as she suffers arthritis and she has neurological weakness in her hind.
On walking in we could easily see some of the issues. We did her assessment and found all the problems. She very much enjoyed her massage and stretches. We set her a home regime that would build her strength and challange her proprioception. We also taught her dad home massage.
We are so pleased to report that in her return visit she had already made vast improvement. Her dad said she was full of the joys of spring. She had walked further and been more active. And on our second assessment her strength and balance already looked better.
Keep up the good work dad and Holly!
Hello and welcome to Gracie. This feels like the last in a 3 part series! Gracie is best friends with Smokey and Widget.
Mum loves Gracie to bits and could see she was looking old in her golden years. She decided to get her checked over. We did find stiffness and areas that needed some help. We did a treatment and deep tissue massage in the areas of need. We also set a home excercise regime to keep gracie supple and comfortable.
Changing the home regime to suit the lifestages is essential to a comfortable life. Every body is different so we cant say every 6 or 8 year old should be treated the same. After all, there are amazing 90 year old humans doing marathons! But thats not for us all. So we have to respond to the needs of the individual. So if you think your loved one is changing a little, maybe its time for an assessment so we can make sure your excercise regime suits them and they are getting the most out of thier life.
Keep up the good work mum and Gracie!
An amazing CPD delivered to an amazing vet practice. Purton vets had part 2 of thier 2 part CPD in staging arthritis. This is all in the name of working together to deliver gold standard arthritis care.
It was greatly enjoyed by all. Thank you Purton Veterinary group!