Hello and welcome to Monty. So sweet. He had an intervertebral disk disease issue a few years ago that was fixed and everything seemed to be fine.
But then it seemed to happen again. The owner did really well and was very pleased with opting for conservative management, so no surgery. The healing was quite quick. But after approx 4 weeks, they noticed that the kyphotic (arched) spine shape had remained. So they decided to get us involved to help.
This can be the case due to chronic back pain grumbeling away and poor strength in the core muscles. So we reduced his excercise right down to a little and often regime so snap into a better walking posture. We also gave core strengthening excercises.
We are pleased to say Monty has responded really well and has now lost the arched back and is enjoying his walk regime again.
Well done Monty and family.
Hello and welcome to Dolly. She is a very cute and well behaved little dachund.
Sadly this breed are very prone to poor disks. This is the case in most dwarf breeds.
The issue was detected quickly and she was rushed for surgery and the spine was fixed. However there was already damage done to the spinal chord and she was paralysed in the hind. So physiotherapy was needed. The vets she went to were very good in physio and instantly started her on a program, and she was referred to us for continued rehabilitation.
Like many small dogs, she is adapting well and believes life is fine without the need of her hinds. So we have to work on reminding her that life will be better if she can put the effort in to learn to use the hinds well again.
Her strength is slowly progressing and we are hopeful of a good recovery.
Keep up the good work mum and Dolly. We'll have you in all 4 paws soon.
Hello and welcome to Larry. Such a sweet german sheppard. And massive one too!
He has currently been crate rested following his hemilaminactomy. He is doing wonderfully well. This was not a straight foward disk disease as it took a while for the symptoms to come on enough for the vets to diagnose it. But he was suspected of disk disease and sent to a specialist. They very quickly did thier MRI and surgery. The procedure went well and he was sent home in 3 days.
He is now on his rehabilitation plan. He is 1 week post op and already gaining strength and trying to tell mum what to do! His size does make life a bit difficult. But everyone is doing brilliantly. He is already standing and walking abit too strongly!
We reassessed his home regime and updated it ready for this phase of recovery. It is so important plans are made for the individual patients needs. We have given mum some more massage techniques for his back and tight hamstrings. we have also given a weightshift excercise to work on strength, balance and proprioception.
Keep up the good work mum and Larry. We will see you again soon for your next update!
Hello and welcome to Hershy. She has been doing very well in her later years but has sadly rescently deteriorated and needs some more help.
She has a calcifed disk in her neck, possible intervertrable disk disease and possible cruciate ligament disease. She has seen a specialist.
She has now been referred to us for physiotherapy to keep her comfortable.
We have done our assessment and set her up with a home regime of gentle range of movement work and some strengthening.
She has a very caring mum and together we can keep her comfortable in her golden years.
Keep up the good work mum and Hershy!
Hello and welcome to Rene. Such a cute and loved boxer.
Sadly one of his spinal disks exploded under pressure and some of the disk material has bruised his spinal cord. Luckily for him, it moved quickly and the pressure was quickly relived meaning he could start healing.
He went to Fitzpatrick referrals and has managed to avoid surgery. Awesome news. He has been referred to us for physiotherapy to regain his balance and proprioception. He has been left weak but this can all be developed amd improved.
He is making great progress, though he is not keen to allow mum to be involved.
So we have set Rene up with a home regime and given mum some easier excerises to achieve so that hopefully Rene will be more compliant.
Keep up the good work Rene and mum!