Welcome to Tonka

Tonka

Tonka

Hello and welcome to Tonka. Possibly the most humungous dalmatian we have ever seen!

So so sweet. His mum felt he had been very uncomfortable for a week and it had got progressivly worse. The vet also was unsure of what was going on but found some possible back pain. So he was sent for physio.

On most of the exam there was very little to find. Until we did a spinal extention check and found some discomfort in the lower back. Its possible this is linked to disk problems.

So he has been referred back to the vets for further investigation and referral.

We await the specialists report from the x-rays, but there was an amazing odd turn of events. When asleep it was noticed he had incredible amounts of stomach gas. This is often associated with a GDV. Since having this reduced he has been much better! Its is highly unusual for this to happen with so little symptoms as GDV can be fatal within hours.

So this fascinating case is keeping us all on our toes and reminding us all to think outside the box. We look forward to more information from the orthopeadic specialist.

We will then likely work on core strengthening programes.

Keep up the good work mum and Tonka. We'll have our answers soon!

Welcome to Widget

Widget

Widget

Hello and welcome to Widget. Such a lovely cat. He shares a home with our Smokey.

This little bean managed to escape thier garden through a hole a fox must have dug. Mum has an amazing safe garden, but foxes are fast workers and cunning!

Widget must have somehow managed to get home. He was seriously injured and the vet said it was most likely he had been hit by a car. Well done him getting home!

He had a seriously broken pelvis and spine. He had surgery at the specialists. They warned mum of the high risk of the procedure, but there was no real alternative.

Widget made the most incredible recovery! He now moves so well you would not know he had a hip joint removed and had so much damage.

Mum asked us to do an assessment and treatment to help him stay well and mobile.

We did identify some stiffness and low level discomfort in the sacrum. So we did a treatment and set mum up with some home stretches and massage to keep him comfy.

Keep up the good work mum and widget!

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!

Welcome to Bertie

Bertie

Bertie

Hello and welcome to Bertie. A sweet dog but very anxious.

He has been plaged with issues for most of his life. He was diagnosed with pancreatitis. This was then managed but is a life long problem. Mum soon realised that it was not the whole story. She felt he was still in pain. He was referred to a specialist. Though the issue remains a mystery.

So Bertie has been referred for physio to help manage the pain. We have set a gentle home regime to maintain strength. So far, we have had some progress so this is excellent news as this is such a mystry problem.

Keep up the good work mum and Bertie.

Welcome to Maisy

Hello and welcome to Maisy. 

She is a much loved springador and has come from a line of loved dogs as this is the daughter of a client now bringing her own dog in. That makes you realise how many years you have been in the industry!

Maisy had some mild issues when she was only a year old and so had some investigation amd diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia. She managed to resolve those signs easily and has not shown further issues for over a year. 

But then she had an incident where she came back from her day out incredibly sore and couldnt get herself in the door over the step. She was clearly in pain. But some rest seemed to resolve it very quickly and when she saw the vet it had almost resolved. She came for physio anyway as mum wanted to make sure there was nothing serious going on. 

We did a full assessment and found her mobility to be very good in general, but there were some tweeks that could improve her body. The history suggested she may have hurt her back or neck. There was some range of movement issues in the neck, and the abdominal muscles were not as strong as we'd like. 

So we set her up with a home regime of doggy sit ups and neck muscle strengthening. Mum already had an excellent walk regime and she was well muscled everywhere else. 

Hopefully the insident wont happen again, but of it does, mum knows where we are. Keep up the good work mum and Maisy.