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 Buttons. Quite apt timing to have a buttons, as panto season approaches!
But this was no laughing matter for this family. Poor Buttons ruptured his cruciate ligament. His surgery was delayed as he also has skin allergies and so skin infection was a complication that had to be resolved before surgery could happen. This is to insure there is no post surgical infections.
The surgery was greatly successful and he was instantly more comfortable on the leg. He is now 4 days post surgery and already bearing more weight through the limb.
We are now guiding the physiotherapy and teaching the owner what to do. Its early stages so its all about hot and cold compresses and passive range of motion to keep him comfortable. We will update the regime again next week.
Mum has been a super star looking after him. Keep up the good work mum and Buttons.
Dogs to save our health again!
Here is an interesting article from the BBC.
Dogs will rule the world one day! They really are our best friends.
Collie on the beach On the shores of Lake Michigan, border collies were found to be an effective means of controlling bacteria
Researchers found that the hard working sheep dogs were successful at keeping seagulls away from beaches.
Gull dropping are known to be a source of E. coli bacteria, which can lead to abdominal cramping and diarrhoea in humans.
High levels of the bug are a leading cause of beach closures in many parts of the world, including the UK.
The bacteria are commonly found in human and animal faeces and can end up in the seas through rain water run off or from sewage.
Seagulls have been implicated in the spread of resistant versions of the bug. A recent report showed that around a third of E. coli samples taken from the birds were resistant to more than one antibiotic.
Read more on the BBC page