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.
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!