Hello and welcome to Willow.
This is a sweet spaniel.
He ruptured his cruciate ligament.
He had a TPLO surgery. This is a very successful type of surgery. His recovery waa good, but as so often with these cases, he had extensive muscle loss.
So we set a program to encourage muscle to not deteriorate through the early phases of recovery, and then gradally grow the muscle bulk as he improves.
He is doing really well. Well done mum and Willow!
Hello and welcome to Parker. Such a cute young man!
He became lame and mum felt she wanted to try physio before option for anaesthetics and x-rays. The vet agreed this was a good idea as they also had not found anything significant .
There was conciderable mucles loss in the lame limb but no pain signs when checked over, so we set some gentle muscle building excercises with a light walk regime, little and often.
We had great results and the lameness reduced. However the lameness didn't go completly, so after a few weeks the xrays and further investigation was done.
A partial ruptured cruciate was found. So he ended up needing surgery as a dog of his size has a far better recovery with surgical intervention.
But we are here ready and waiting for the rehab.
Keep up the good work mum and Parker!
Hello and welcome to Rudi. This is a very special dutch kioni. A real fluff ball!
Sadly he managed to rupture both his cruciate ligaments. His recovery was going well, but mum wanted some further help so they were referred to us for Physio.
This was much needed as there was conciderable muscle loss, which suggests the cruciates were grumbeling away.
So we have set a home excercise regime and Rudi is doing really well. The biggest challange for Rudi is his behaviour. He definitly rules the roost! But its fine. We are well versed at working with the more difficult patients and we can still have a great effect on them.
Keep up the good work mum, careers and Rudi! He has quite a big loving care team!
Hello and welcome to Skye. Such a sweet hungarian Visla. She is super nervous too. Luckily we could put her at ease enough for our treatment programe. This one was pretty intence.
She managed to rupture her cruciate ligament. Very sad at 10 years old. But she is so fit and healthy so she had that on her side. We all explained the difficulty of having a dog over 15 kg doing conservetive management, but due to her age, her mum and dad wanted to try this.
We were so proud to say, that she was doing incredible well. By week 6 she was looking almost sound and was rebuilding her excercise appropriatly. She was on an ultrasound regime.
However as she got better, she got excited and happy and had a moment that set her back.
We had a frank conversation and she went back to the vets. The vet was super impressed because actually, she had found the cruciate ligamnet was now doing really well. So we had delt with the issue she had been referred for. But there was now a new issue. The vet felt there was some unusual bone growth and so she was referred for further investigation.
We also await the results. But well done mum, dad and Skye. You all did a great job and we hope this bone growth is not too serious.
Hello and welcome to Baloo. Such a sweet labrador. He is a biggun!
Sadly he ruptured his cruciate ligament. His mum decided to opt for conservative management. This is very difficult in any dog over 15kg, but as he was not totally lame and had improved by himself over a week, we thought it was well worth a try.
We set mum up with a home regime of muscle building and confidence building. We used ultrasound as its the best modality for ligament repair.
So far Baloo is doing wonderfully. It is likely he will have limitations as its likely he has arthritis in the joint. This can start to occure within just 3 days of a cruciate rupture so is fairly unavoidable. But he is now very comfortable and we will keep making adjustments to his program as he progresses.
Keep up thr good work mum and Baloo!
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 Charlie. A dear little thing. He has been through the works as he ruptured both his cruciate ligaments in the past. But both have healed seemingly well and he was back to full normal life.
But more rescently he has shown lameness. This is potentially quite a complicated case. On exam we saw he had muscle wastage which suggests the issue has been there for some time. But he was also severly licking a patch of skin. This had rendeed this very sore, weepy and uncomfortable. This was on the same limb. This rang some mild alarm bells so mum was sent back to vet to get this treated. Sometimes a secondary issue can make the pain of the first seem so much worse.
So the skin was seen and treated and this improved immensily, so we could now concentrate on the limb. We know that cruciate rupture increases the liklihood of arthritis. A study showed us that in a joint with full rupture, the signs of arthritis can be seen within just 3 days! With odds like that it is easy to see how important fast stabalisation of the joint is.
So there is a strong chance we are working with another arthritis case here. Its important we treat every case individually as no case is ever the same.
We have done treatments and set mum up with a home regime. He is making good progress.
Keep up the good work mum and Charlie!
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 Hendrix. This very sweet pomeranian is very old. He has developed criciate disease. This can be more common when old as your muscle reduces and so there is less support for the joints.
As a small dog they do recover easier and are less lilely to require surgery. So Hendrix came for conservative management.
We did our assessment and set him and mum up with a home regime.
He had been making good progress prior to seeing us so we were confident the outcome would be favorable.
We are pleased to say Hendrix has already made a full recovery. Well done Hendrix and mum!
Hello and welcome to Ricky. Such a sweet Chihuahua!
Sadly they can commonly have knee problems and this one got hit with two of them. He had both a luxating patella and degenerated cruciate ligament.
He had a TTT which is a surgical correction to fix both at the same time. It went very well, and physio was the next step for the rehabillitation phase.
We set Ricky up with a home regime. He is doing really well and we look forward to getting him back to full health and function soon.
Keep up the good work mum and Ricky!