Hello and welcome to Dizzy. Such a lovely airdale. We don't see many these days.
From a young age she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. As usual, this progressed to the sever osteoarthitis it is now.
The poor family have been through with Dizzy, including being told its time to think about putting her to sleep.
Her mum and dad weren't happy about this. They didn't believe it was he time. So they called in the physio.
We have set her up with a program to increase joint range of movement, build muscle and reduce joint stress.
Mum and dad have been amazing at following the regime and as a result, Dizzy is already more comfortable, and choosing to go out and about to visit the horses. This is all wonderful news. We are confident she has alot more good life in her yet, and this shows as she has also now reduced some of her medication!
Well done family! Keep up the good work!
Hello and welcome to sally. This is such a cute but super nervous mongrel. We so rarely see a good old Heinz 57 these days.
This is a rescue and certainly seems to have some stories to tell.
She has been referred as the vet found her hips to be deformed in a very unusual way, causing the hip to be displaced. This means the limb effected is shorter and there are also some patella issues and muscle .
So we have done our assessment and set up a plan. This includes changing the home regime to one more suitable to a comfy limb. We have also to build up muscle in that limb.
So far, sally is doing well. She is already chasing more squirrels and is more keen to fun. This may not be ideal, but the willingness is a good tion that she is feeling better.
Keep up the good work mum amd Sally!
Hello and welcome to Norman. Also known as naughty Norman!
He is a young man full fo beans and far too excited for life!
He was a new rescue and he had a moment that scared his mum and dad. He ended up having x-rays and he was found to have hip dysplaisa. This is not really a suprise as its so common.
But what was a wonderful suprise was that in only a few weeks of rehab, he was sound and full of it again!
So we have set him up with a sensible care plan. The aim is to maintain muscle mass, prevent excessive wear, and most importantly, have fun!
We aim to have a healthy balance of supporting the ailment whilst enjoying life.
We have achieved his well.
Keep up the good work naughty norman and family!
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 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!
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.
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!
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.
Hello and welcome to Bertie. This very sweet Cockerpoo is only 4 months old abd already been through quite alot. His vigilant parents noticed there was the odd issue. Then the vets confirmed this. On x-ray they found sever hip dysplaia. One side had no hip socket at all.
So Bertie was referred to lumbry park. There he was given "toggles" in both hips. These are designed to keep the hips stable. The worst side failed quite quickly and a revision was done to remove the femoral head and neck (the top of the thigh bone) so that scar tissue can form a new false joint. Sadly it all tightened up quite quickly. So he was sent for physio.
We set mum and dad up with a gentle rehab program that encouraged him to put the limb down and relax and to start feeling confidence in it. It will take time for the physio to work, but mum said he was already walking on all 4 limbs the following day. Great news.
Keep up the good work mum, dad and Bertie!
Hello and welcome to Blade. Beautiful husky. Rescued in his prime. He has quite a story. Luckily now he has a wonderful new mum to look after him.
But she noticed his hind looking odd in his gait amd a few suspicious signs. The vets at first diagnosed hip dysplasia and now another vet decided its not so we have no formal diagnosis. But it certainly seems like hip dysplasia. Mum awaits another opinion.
In the meantime we have done our assessment and treatment and set a home excercise regime that will gradually build strength in the hind.
Keep up the good work mum and Blade. We'll have you feeling better soon!