Welcome to Reggie

Reggie

Reggie

Hello and welcome to Reggie. Such a sweet dog, though a little on edge.

His mum noticed he has been lame in a forelimb. It was always intermittent but it needed investigating. The vet saw him and couldn't find anything. So, as a drug free option for investigation, he was referred to us to see what we can find.

This option often works out really well as we specalise in mobility issues. But sometimes we also don't have x-ray eyes. We set Reggie on a new excercise regime to help see if we could stop the lameness, but as it was intermittent, no lameness was seen for a while, but we couldn't be sure if that was our regime or the pattern for the issue.

There were many possibilities, including corns. This breed are susceptible to corns and they can cause odd lameness patterns, but until visable, we can't easily identify them. This possibility remains on the table.

The lameness is seemingly reducing in frequency but possibly increasing in severity when it does come on.

So we need more investigation. Mum knows x-rays are an option but is worried about the anaesthetic. So we have suggested she look into thermal imaging. This is done conscious with high sensitivity cameras and a report is given from a vet. It may still not reveal an answer but its a safe investigation.

Keep up the good work mum and team. We'll get the answers soon!

Welcome to Mabel

Mable

Mable

Hello and welcome to Mable. She is so so sweet and so so loved. Her dad noticed a lameness and wanted to ensure she had the best care, so instantly found us for physiotherapy.

The lameness was really very subtle and quite honestly on arrival to us, it wasnt noticable.

But thats ok. Any lameness of only 5 % or less is undetectable to the human eye, add that to a happy dog excited to be somewhere new, and it becomes even harder for low level lamemess. Thats fine though as our hands are our most important tool in ailment detection. Lameness is a complex subject.

On exam we found a few small issues going on, although not directly associated with the limb in question. This creates a great challange and we love pushing our minds to explore the body as a whole. The issues we found in the hinds can cause weight distribution changes and these can look like lameness and cause some lameness as the body starts to be used differently.

So we did our massages and stretches and sent her and dad off with a home regime. We are pleased to report that dad was instantly impressed and the lameness was not visable the following day. She has continued to be better since the home regime kicked in. Mable is in incredible condition, especially for her age. A wonderfully vigilant owner has a big part to play in that. He already had an excercise regime that included multiple walks in a day, and its a wonderful shout out to all employers who let people take thier dogs to work!

Keep up the good work dad and Mable!

Welcome to Islay

Islay

Islay

Hello and welcome to Islay. Beautiful little labrador. She has enjoyed life to the full and has been a working dog.

She came to see us as she was lame after having a mamory tumor removed. She has had a long history of mamory tumors so this needed to happen.

On exam we found she had quite a painful back and there was a lump under her left armpit. This was a the lame limb. But actually her joints were in incredibly good condition and her flexibilty was good.

We set her up with a home excercise regime to get her gently reusing the body. She very much appreciated her back massage. We will see her again next week and see how she has progressed.

Keep up the good work mum, dad and Islay.

Welcome to George

George

George

Hello and welcome to George. A beutiful and very loved shit-zu cross.

He has been referred to us because he has been lame in his forelimb and the vets were unsure as to why.

So we had a big chat and did our assessmemt. We actually found very little wrong in the exam. Some mild crepitis showed there was a problem in the wrists, but it didnt seem highly painful.

On chatting we discovered he actually walk for hours and hours 4 times a day. He is also over weight. His amazing mum is 81yrs young and deteremind to get out and about. She loves her dog and treats regularly.

But it was clear that as most of us age we reduce our excercise, but George had not. So we set him a new home regime. It required less walk time, but still the frequency. Mum can still take him out but perhaps relax on a park bench for a while. And of course, he needs a diet.

We also gave a weightshift excercise as there was a mild reduction in muscle bulk on the lame leg.

We are pleased to say that the new regime has worked a treat. He has not been lame since. Both mum and George are happy. He still has to loose some weight but for now, its excellent news that we are on the right track.

Its tough when dogs get older and we often dont realise thier life needs adapting to thier new needs rather than our own. But remember: Dogs age almost thier whole life in approximately 10 of our years. We dont change much in 10 years, but none of us are doing the same when we are 20 as when we are 70yrs....

Keep up the good work mum and George.

Welcome to Delilah

Delilah

Delilah

Hello and welcome to Delilah. Lovely bulldog. He started showing lameness. Mum wanted it investigated but wanted to avoid anaesthetics if it was not needed. So he has come for physiotherapy.

We have done our assessment and found a few issues. He has upright hocks, which can suggest hip pain, but there was no other evidence of hip pain. The issue was in the left fore. But there was also little to find here other than some mild crepitus in the shoulder and some muscle loss.

So we set a home regime of muscle building to balance the shoulders, and passive range of movememt in the effected joints. We also edited the walk regime to make it easier on him whilst he is recovering.

Mum has been very good at looking after him, so keep up the good work mum, and get well soon delilah!

Welcome to Delilah

Delilah

Delilah

Hello and welcome to Delilah. Lovely bulldog. He started showing lameness. Mum wanted it investigated but wanted to avoid anaesthetics if it was not needed. So he has come for physiotherapy.

We have done our assessment and found a few issues. He has upright hocks, which can suggest hip pain, but there was no other evidence of hip pain. The issue was in the left fore. But there was also little to find here other than some mild crepitus in the shoulder and some muscle loss.

So we set a home regime of muscle building to balance the shoulders, and passive range of movememt in the effected joints. We also edited the walk regime to make it easier on him whilst he is recovering.

Mum has been very good at looking after him, so keep up the good work mum, and get well soon delilah!

Welcome to Heidi

Heidi

Heidi

Hello and welcome to Heidi. She is a beautiful young pointer. She is only 17months old.

One day she was out having fun and then went very lame. After a trip to the vets and some Nsaid's she recovered quickly. The vet had warned her it may be a cruciate rupture. As she recovered so fast and well, mum didnt worry further.

But then a few months later it happened again. So this time mum decided she wanted to try physio to see if that would help.

So we have set her up with a home regime that will build muscle and encourage good use of the limb again.

But sadly its diffucult in dogs over 15kg if it is cruciate damage. So we are giving it a go, but mum is aware she may need to go back to the vet for furtger investigation if we dont get good results soon.

Keep up the good work mum and Heidi. Surgery is always scary, so its worth exploring all options before making your decisuon, if you have the luxury of time.

Welcome to Vida

Hello and welcome to Vida.

Sweet little border collie. She has been referred for lameness in her right hind limb. She saw a vet first to start the investigation. But the vet is also unsure what is going on. So she has been sent to us to see if we could find some more information and make her feel better in a non invasive way. 

On our exam we did find a few issues. So we have set up a home regime that will allow healing and shown mum how to do some home masage to also promote healing. This may well be a soft tissue injury. Dogs can certainly heal from these on thier own, but correct physiotherapy will help the healing be more focused and so get the desired end result quicker. In time we will do a return to work/daily life program and get her fully back to her old self. 

Keep up the good work mum and Vida.

Welcome to Tootsie

Hello and welcome to tootsie. She is a little sweetheart.

This little bean has been referred for hindlimb lameness and spondylosis. She has had an issue for a little while and so the muscle has also wasted. 

This is a complicated case. It may require significant investigation as the vets are also unsure of why she is lame. There were a few findings, but none really fit the bill to cause this lameness. 

Having done our investigation, we found some areas that needed work and treated these. We have also set her and mum up with a home excercise regime to start rebuilding her confidence and strength in the limb. Her lameness level constantly varies so there is lots to take into concideration. With strength in the limb she may feel happier to reply in it once again. 

Keep up the good work mum amd Tootsie. We will have you feeling better soon!

Tootsie

Tootsie

Welcome to Merlot

Hello and welcome to Merlot.

Great name for a lovely dog. Super nervous little bean though. 

Merlot has been referred because he has been suffering fore limb lameness for a number of weeks. He has actually been through the mill and back quite a few times. He has had stifle surgery and has serious gastric issues so pain medication is difficult to give. He also has spondylosis and elbow dysplasia and the hips are an issue. 

But actually he is coping incredibly well! But at 11y, he is now starting to struggle a bit and needs some help. 

So due to nerves, we had to go gently and build a good relationship with this patient. So we did our exam and treatment and sent him home with a regime that included a more managable walk stratagy and a few muscle building excercises. Although the fore limb lameness is a focus, it seems like there is so much going on, that we need to work on all the problems as this will in turn relieve the fore issue. 

Merlot coped very well and we look forward to seeing him again soon. 

Keep up the good work mum and Merlot! 

Merlot

Merlot