Welcome to Elwood

Elwood

Elwood

Hello and welcome to Elwood. Such a sweet kind natured man.

Sadly he has very sore elbows. He has has arthroscopy for his elbow dysplasia on both sides.

Elbow dysplaisa is a really nasty disease and can be so debilitating. We see alot of it.

We can help Elwood become and stay more comfortable, but it will never be fixed as the cartilage in the joint is so damaged.

But we have set Elwood and his family up with a new regime to keep him comfortable and allow him to build some muscle.

Keep up the good work mum and Elwood!

Welcome to Buddy

Buddy

Buddy

Hello and welcome to Buddy. Such a cutie border collie.

Buddy has a highly vigilant mum who noticed he was a little lame at his agility class. Taking no risks she got him assessed and referred for physio. On assessment there was very little sign of issue until the forelimb was supinated. This is a particular movement, and if it elicits discomfort it is highly likely there is elbow dysplasia.

So we referred back to the vet who has initated referral to a specialist. As a physio we can help with elbow dysplasia. But its a complex disease and if its possible for us to get a formal diagnosis following better diagnostic imaging methods, then this is ideal. Afterall, we dont want to cause further cartilage damage unnecessarily.

So we are maintaining Buddy with non impact muscle work so no muscle is lost, just whilst he await his referal appointment and we look forward to the official diagnosis. Sadly elbow dysplasia is very common so its highly likely this is the issue.

Good luck Buddy! Keep up the good work mum!.

Welcome to Coco

Hello and welcome to Coco. This very cute and young Cockerpoo got diagnosed with hip dysplasia.

Poor mum was worried sick that this meant a life restricted to lead walks and no fun. So she booked into Animal physiotherapy.

We did an assessment and got down to business. This dog is destined to a long and happy life. He can and will still have fun! We have made some changes to home life, but more importantly, we have helped mum understand the disease and so therefore understand how to aid it. We have given a home regime that will rebuild muscle and support for the hips.

We are pleased to say, mum has been back for one follow up so far, and she was over the moon to see her dog so happy as he has already made progress and is acting more like a happy puppy should.

Well done mum amd Coco, keep up the good work!

Welcome to Barkly

Barkly

Barkly

Hello and welcome to Barkly. Such a sweet staffie. They do know how to do cute soppy face!

This little licky one has elbow dysplasia. Such a common problem, and no one can deny, a hard one to fix. But we can most definitly help with comfort and optimising joint health. They don't always need surgery, but they will all benefit from complimentry care and tweeks to life that will reduce pain and increase range of movement in the joint amd inturn increase comfort and muscle.

We have done our treatment and set a new home regime that will help build strength in the limb and reduce pain.

Keep up the good work mum and Barkly!

Welcome to Bruno

Bruno

Bruno

Hello and welcome to Bruno. A very excited and happy labrador!

He showed some issues which concerened his parents so they investigated his hind. It turned out he did have mild hip dysplasia. He also seemed to show some mild back pain.

He has been sent for physio so he can be managde conservativly and without medication or surgery for as long as possible.

We have set him on a home regime to get his strength up, though weightloss is the biggest factor in his plan.

His mum and dad are well on board with what to do and they are moving forward, amd keeping a diary so we really can monitor the progress.

Keep up the good work mum, dad and bruno.

Welcome to Monty

Monty

Monty

Hello and welcome to Monty. Such a sweet Brittish Blue. He is the apple of his mums eye!

She noticed he was very sore and lame and saw the vet for help. There was question over the diagnosis and he was put on room rest for 6 weeks. But the x-rays revealed hip dysplaia. Yes, this is common in cats too!

So he was referred to us for physiotherapy. We have set him up with a regime to build muscle in the plevis that will offer more support to the hip. We have also started him on home stretches for flexability and pain relief. He has taken to it all very well. But in all honesty, at first he was not keen on the idea of massage. But we persisted with a gentle regime that gradually introduced the idea to him. He is now getting more and more tolerant, and its highly likely that its because he can feel the benefit.

Monty was never an avid hunter but we are pleased to report that since starting the physio, we had a rescent update, that he had given hunting a go and caught a pigeon! So we may be working our magic a little too well! Don't worry, mum saw and the pigeon is fine

Keep up the good work mum and Monty!

Welcome to Mowgli

Mowgli

Mowgli

Hello and welcome to Mowgli. Such a sweet rescue dog. Another that has found itself suffuring elbow dysplasia. Such a shockingly common disease these days. Although its most likely we are simply better at diagnosing it.

He was referred to a specialist who did an arthrscopy. He was very good. He felt there was some drastic surgery needed, but on further investigation only the arthoscopy was needed. It was also suggested an elbow replacement may be needed in the future.

Mowgli did really well and was pain free for a year. But he has now started to show lameness again.

Its always fully expected that following these interventions, arthritis will still creep in, but hopefully later than it would if the intervention was not done. On exam and discussion it seems like arthritis is not the likely cause of lameness yet.

So we have set Mowgli up with some muscle building and a more gentle home regime so we can regain more normal limb use. However, it is likely we need to all work as a team in this case, and so the specialist may need to look at the cartilage in the elbow again, as some more may have broken and so may also need removing. We shall see how his progression goes.

Good luck mum and Mowgli. Your doing a great job.

Welcome to Mela

Hello and welcome to Mela. Such a sweetie. Sadly I forgot to take her photo!

She is a very young little cockerpoo and still growing into her body. But it has been noted that she is having some problems.

She has been seen by the referal specialist who noted atrophy of the fore limb, and elbow dysplasia. She also has a luxated patella.

So she has come for physiotherapy to help.

There is lots that can be done, but it does require hard work to get elbows comfortable and somtimes surgery is the only answer. It takes a team of people using all thier skills to get the best outcome.

So we have set Mela up with a home regime that will allow her to burn her energy, but not aggrivate the elbows further. She has some strengthening to do as we need to rebuild the lost muscle. We are focusing in the elbow at the moment and then will work on the patella in time but her pain level is our priority.

At Animal Physiotherapy ltd, we pride ourselves in staying in top of all the new information and studies being done on mobility and evidance based practice. Elbow dysplasia is an area where more information is regularly comming out and vets are trying hard to make elbow replacement more successful. We are certainly seeing elbow dysplasia diagnosed more frequently now. Its highly likley its not more common, but is better understood and therefore diagnosed faster. This is great news for our dogs as it means they can get the right treatment faster.

If you are suspitious of your dogs elbows then pop to your vets to get them checked out. Early detection and early treatment can mean less arthritis later on.

Keep up the good work Mela and mum

Welcome to Morgan

Morgan

Morgan

Hello and welcome to Morgan. Handsom labrador and so sweet and gentle.

He has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Most of his life this has not shown as an issue. But mum started to notice issues in the last 6 months. He was sent to a referal vet who also diagnosed laryngeal paralysis, making surgery too risky. He also noticed neurological deficits.

Morgan started hydrotherapy and also started stronger pain relief and has been sent to us for physio.

We have done our assessment and seen that it also looks like there are also some signs of elbow dysplaisa. Its little suprise as there is elbow dysplasia present in 70% of dogs diagnosed with hip dysplasia. We found poor proprioception in the hind and muscle loss.

We have set Morgan up with a home regime that encourages hind limb flexability and increases hind strength and proprioception. He did find this a challage so its enough work for this week. We also made the walk regime more managable.

We look forward to making a big difference. Keep up the good work mum and Morgan.

Welcome to Yogi

Yogi

Yogi

Hello and welcome to Yogi. This lovely labrador is so sweet. Sadly he has struggled over the years with dysplasia in both elbows and hips. He has generally coped well. But in the last few years he has started to struggle.

His lameness varies. One minute he can be sound and the next minute he can totally lame. It is always in his elbow. Its quite likely its actally a nerve being trapped or a piece of free cartilage moving around and getting compressed. This can be incredibly painful.

This is very hard to treat effectivly. So in this case we are working on the pain control in the situation. This can be managed with massage and thermotherapy. We also work to maintain the muscle in the limb so that it doesn't deteriorate when lame. Muscle deterioration will add to the pain.

Keep up the good work yogi and dad!