Hello and welcome to Jess. Such a sweet old lady. She was rescued in her greyer years when her previous owners were too old to care for her or themselves amymore. Rehoming makes a scar on anyone and any animal. So Jess was fearful for quite some time. Her owner had 2 dogs and one was already a regular for physio, so mum brought both of them to see us. Jess was only along for the experiance.
Over time jess really started to relax in our room. It was so sweet to see how her whole face changed. She even chose to lay on the treatment bed after the other dog was finished But she remained scared at the vets.
We have an amazing relationship with all the vets we work with and pride ourselves on this. So when Jess started to have some problems we worked together as a team to be able to treat her and not traumatise her. There was impecible communication between all the team, and as Donna is also a registered veterinary nurse, it was an easy process.
Issues were identified. Namely a sore back and right shoulder, and also she had a wart growing inside her eyelid. This was also sore.
The vets prescribed eye drops and Donna was able to give tips on how to put them in safely. Donna also treated the back and shoulder with massage. Jess was clearly incredibly grateful and tolerated it all.
She is already free of spasm and a very happy and mobile dog.
Great team work by all. Keep up the excellent work mum. It takes calm care to put these worried dogs at ease.
Hello and welcome to Faith. She is a very sweet little heinz 57! She was brought over from Romania by Help for Hope. Her story is that she was kicked so hard her back was broken. At this time she also had a very young puppy and was still feeding him. So a vet took her in and did spinal surgery. But sadly she remained paralysed. She still has her puppy and continues to be a good mum!
Sadly she was left for months with no rehabillitation, which makes this whole process much more diffucult. But she has now at least, got the care she needs.
We did an assessment. Her hind limb use is very poor but there was a slight sign of engagement of muscle in the Right hind. Amazingly, in the first session we got her standing and taking weight and attempting to move her paws to step. But she does prefer to drag herself as this is now a more effective way to move for her and therefore faster.
Her bladder control is less then ideal which is not usually a good sign, but her ability in just one session give us great hope. We have given her a robust home regime!
We have videos to follow so watch out for them!
Keep up the good work mum and Faith. This one is a family affair so its great you have so much support!
Yesterday we delivered training titled "Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy in the exotic patient". CPD is an essential part of staying current and being good at your profession. Many prefessions are obilgated to do a set number of hours to ensure they maintain thier qualification.
So we delivered this CPD to ensure physios are able to feel confident doing physio in the more unusual pets. But this did extend to the less unusual pets. Most physio courses focus on dogs and horses. So we developed this seminar to cover cats, rabbits and other species.
Following the CPD the delegates were able to see how to look at the body of any specie and assess it. They would know what to look into to descover potential weakness that specie may have, in advance of seeing them. They then learnt how to assess the patient type. This included animals you may not concider good candidates. We can do physio on zoo animals and animals we can't touch. Its more challanging but its not impossible. They finally learnt ways of developing and adapting excercise regimes.
It was a small group so that we could have some hands on time and not scare our rabbits. We had excellent feedback and it was very well recieved.
Thank you to The Rabbit Crossing Rescue for providing 3 happy bunny's for the session.
It was held at Bracknell Leisure center which was a lovely venue. Thank you.
It was wonderful to meet so many lovely physios and student physios, keen to work on other patient types.