Welcome to Poochie

Poochie

Poochie

Hello and welcome to Poochie. Such a happy little jack russel. She has been through alot though.

In her mid-life she had a herniated spinal disk and surgery was performed. She made a full and strong recovery and had no further issues for many years. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Poochie became paralysed again.

She saw the referral specialist who concluded that she had scar tissue around the spinal chord and fluid had built up within this which was conpressing the spine. Options were to do physio and see if it would resolve with time, or surgery that was not very likely to resolve the issue, or a wheelchair.

Mum made a great plan and decided to try the physio and then if it didn't resolve, she opted for a wheel chair unless Poochie seemed depressed. As her age was against her the surgery was risky for no real strong liklihood of recovery.

We started the physio. Poochie had strong intention tremors which made standing hard but possible. Oddly these do help provide vibration which can be useful in rehab. Over 8 weeks, poochie made slow progress and was able to stand for longer, but no real progress to walk and there was little evidence to suggest that an adequate ambulation would develope. So we opted for the wheelchair and to create a good management program that will promote and happy comfortable life with the use of the chair.

We gave excercises that will still need to be done daily, but these are achievable. The chair arrived and was an excellent fit. She is still getting used to it, but this will improve as she gets used to it.

Poochie remains happy and we are very proud of her and mum. Keep up the good work!

Welcome to Smokey

Smokey

Smokey

Hello and welcome to Smokey. Such a beautiful Brittish shorthair. He really is lovely.

His mum made such a huge effort to keep him safe and happy. Then he had an accident when he fell in his own home. He hurst his knee and had surgery at an amazing referal specialists.

Sadly there was a complication and vast amounts of scar tissue developed in the capsule of the knee. This meant he developed severe restriction in range of movement. This happened very quickly. She came for physio to see if it could help. Mum was wonderful and had seen a physio very early but it had not worked out, so she changed to us for help.

We tried a few things but sadly the scar tissue was very bad. The treatment that seemed to provide the most relief was the intrasound.

Sadly the limb deteriorated and the lateral hock ligament broke down. Ligaments are amazingly strong but require use to maintain that strength. Reduced use of the limb meant the ligament health reduced.

So Smokey is now going to have the limb amputated. This seems sad. But actually it will mean he is pain free and able to move without the difficult limb in the way.

Animals can do so well on 3 and Smokey will too. He will be far happier. He will join the amputee club. It has many members, including our own dog!

Physio is a wonderful tool but sometimes the body has other ideas.

Keep up the good work mum and Smokey. You worked hard to preserve the limb. But he will be fine without it.