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 Sandy. She is so sweet and actually a very good healer! She had a total hip replacement not that long ago and recovered really well. But she is also accident prone. She managed to severly sprain her hock on the other hind limb. She saw the referral specialist, who put the limb in a brace and allowed it to be supported through the healing phase. The brace was gradually reduced in strength so that more support was done by the dog and it could strengthen. This is how braces should be done. As a result the recovery was brilliant. But she has now come for physio to strengthen her limb and get her back to normal life.
Dad has been great at following the program set and she is recovering well. This all takes time and involves gradually building the load and stress put through the limb so thay the strength is rebuilt and no more damage is done.
She will soon be back to normal. Keep up the good work dad and Sandy.