Paula Davidson, Masters in Animal Physiotherapy A West Gippsland Animal Physiotherapy service for Vets, owners and Wildlife shelters en-us Front Seat Zoe <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 33%;" valign="top"><span style="font-family:lucida sans unicode,lucida grande,sans-serif;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><big><strong>Front Seat Zoe</strong></big></span></span></td> <td rowspan="2" style="padding-left:20px;width:67%;" valign="top"> <p>This adorable Scnoodle, Zoe, sits in pride of place on the front seat of her owner&#39;s car, seat belted in, of course, via her harness. Unfortunately, Zoe has significant deformity of her right forelimb, following fracture of her radius and ulna, with plate and screws ORIF, 9 months ago. The bowing, varus and external rotation can be seen here. Zoe is Grade 3/5 lame.</p> <p>A&nbsp;more loving&nbsp;and caring owner could not be found, nor could a more delightful little dog.&nbsp;We are hoping the Specialist will be able to fix this beautiful little dog.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-top:20px;width:33%;" valign="top"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 150px;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Carpal Instability <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:33%;" valign="top">Carpal Instability</td> <td rowspan="2" style="padding-left:20px;width:67%;" valign="top"> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Beautiful Bo, an 11 year old black Labrador, was hit by a car in her youth and suffered an injury to her left carpus(wrist) and her left hind limb. As age has caught up with her, Bo has not wanted to walk much and was having trouble getting up the stairs at home, to sleep beside her loving owners at night. The left carpus was clearly unstable with laxity of ulnar deviation. A splint has helped keep Bo on her feet and still able to climb the stairs to be with her beloved owners. Being off line due to the carpal problem, as well as being quite atrophied(wasted) in the muscles of the left upper hind limb, means Bo has back pain as well. So while we were there, treatment for Bo&#39;s sore back and hip with some heat and massage was much to Bo&#39;s liking.</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="padding-top:20px;width:33%;" valign="top"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 220px; height: 255px;" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </p> Older Dogs <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 50%;" valign="top"><img alt="" src="" style="width: 336px; height: 448px;" /></td> <td style="width: 50%; text-align: justify; padding-left: 20px;" valign="top"> <p>It always gives me great joy to see much loved older dogs well cared for, but Fiona and Graeme &quot;take the cake&quot;, with their two Schnauzers, Gemima and Grafi.</p> <p>These are two of the luckiest dogs in the world and deservedly so. Grafi is the quieter one, who loves her massages and lies so still for me, until it&#39;s over, when she jumps to life and trots off with a real pep in her step.</p> <p>Gemima&nbsp; stands by, staring at me, longingly,&nbsp;while I treat Grafi and, finally, Gemima gets&nbsp;her own go.Well, Miss Gemima couldn&#39;t be more pleased.</p> <p>Fiona has her own grooming table(great for me) and keeps her two beauties spotlessly clean and impeccably groomed. I feel sure the girls&#39; Vet, Dr. Meaghan O&#39;Brien at Glen Iris Vet Clinic,&nbsp;is as pleased as I am, with Fiona and Graeme&#39;s attention to every health issue the girls have.</p> <p>It&#39;s paid off - these two14 year old girls are a great example of just how&nbsp;good old dogs can be, with attention to detail and mountains of love.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Belle's Partial Cranial Cruciate Ligament Tear <p>&quot;Belle&quot;, an 8yo, too cute Shitzu/Maltese cross-bred dog&nbsp;raced around madly with &quot;Ishka&quot; her bestie and hurt her right stifle(knee in plain English). She was Grade 3/5 lame when All Animal Physio saw her the first time. The Vets had suggested a partial Cranial Cruciate ligament Tear might be the problem, so Physio included electrotherapy to help reduce the inflammation in the stifle and promote healing, quads and hamstring&nbsp;strengthening exercises and advice to avoid twisting, turning and jumping(easier said than done -&nbsp;Belle was standing amount on cushions on the back of the couch at out first meeting and she clearly intended to jump off to greet me!) But Yajna, a dedicated owner, assiduously carried out the Physio for Belle over 4 weeks and the outcome was terrific - Belle was not detectably lame. Yajna agreed to carry on a modified Physio program for another 4 weeks to ensure Belle maintained her good health. What a terrific owner! How lucky is Belle?</p> <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 336px; height: 448px;" /></p> Rag Doll Cat <p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 245px; height: 326px;" />&nbsp;Due to previous experiences with cats jumping out of owners hands, often followed by a game of a endless chasey, I usually only see cats in Vet Clinics now, so that expert Vet Nurses can hold the cat if necessary. But on this occasion, I was persuaded by the owners to see the cat at home. The owners, Glenys and Chris, were more than able to hold, &quot;Monty&quot;, their&nbsp;absolutely magnificent &nbsp;Rag Doll cat, who needed a little Physio following his Cruciate repair. Glenys and Chris not only were able to hold &quot;Monty&quot; securely, but also managed to carry out their Physio Home Routine with him with&nbsp;aplomb. &quot;All Hail&quot; Glenys and Chris, and &quot;Monty&quot;, for making my Physio Consult so easy.&nbsp;And I&#39;m now a huge fan of&nbsp;Rag Doll cats.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mopsy <p>&nbsp;</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 50%;" valign="top"><span style="vertical-align: baseline;"><a href="" rel="popimage1"><img src="" style="border: 1px solid rgb(192, 192, 192); border-image: none;" /></a></span>&quot;Mopsy&quot;, a very cute West Highland Terrier, presented a new problem for All Animal Physio, when her owner told us that she was going overseas for a holiday and needed to pass on our instructions to a carer in ACT. We all know what can happen in these circumstances - Chinese whisper - so making our instructions as clear as we could was our aim. Luckily Mopsy&#39;s owner was a midwife and her job involved teaching people about how to handle babies, so that was a big plus.</td> <td style="width: 50%; padding-left: 20px;" valign="top"> <p>&quot;Mopsy&quot;, had suffered a Cranial Cruciate injury and needed a repair. The Vets performed a DeAngelis repair, which needs a 6 week period of careful confinement to allow scar tissue to form around the inserted line to stabilise the knee joint, during which time Physio is carried out.</p> <p>Physio involves getting the dog to weight bear evenly on both hind limbs, strengthening thigh and hip muscles , regaining knee joint range of motion and enhancing proprioception or balance. Teaching all of this to Mopsy&#39;s owner, who then passed this on to the carer,&nbsp;in ACT, involved a sequence of training. But Mopsy&#39;s owner managed to do the job and was then able to go away and enjoy her well earned holiday with her daughter.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Coon Hound Disease <img alt="" src=" week 1.jpg" style="width: 141px; height: 203px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> &quot;Bean&quot; is an adored 14 year old Yorkshire terrier that recently became suddenly quadriplegic, much to the distress of her owner, Joanna. Jo found a Specilaist Vet, Kate Heading, at Melbourne Veterinary Specilaist Centre, that after thorough investigation, diagnosed Coon Hound Disease. The differential diagnoses included Tick and Snake bite and spinal cord disease.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Coon Hound Disease is much more common in USA than Australia, thanks to the presence of racoons in USA ,who can pass the disease on to dogs via their saliva. But it can also be caught by dogs who have no contact with racoons. We&#39;ll leave the etiology here, as there is &nbsp;still much that is unknown about the mode of spread of the disease.<br /> <br /> Bean initially lost control of her voice, her hind limbs and then her front limbs and trunk/head and neck. Bean stopped eating and there was a fear that she would stop breathing. Luckily and with great nursing and Veterinary care, Bean survived this initial grave period. Jo was feeding Bean by syringing highly nutritious liquids onto her tongue and waiting for the slight swallowing reflex that Bean had left to ensure she did not drown in her food. Great patience was needed.<br /> <br /> When All Animal Physio was called, Bean was lying on her side and was quadriplegic. She was unable to sit up or stand. Using Neurological Physiotherapy techniques, we were able to encourage head, neck and trunk muscles to do thier jobs. Electrical stimulation showed that the motor nerves to the limbs were still intact and we re-inforced their action with electrical treatment. Teaching Jo how to do the Physio with Bean led to a committed owner response. Jo&#39;s diligence paid off.<img alt="" src=" in the bath cropped.jpg" style="width: 324px; height: 311px;" /><br /> <br /> <br /> By the second Physio visit, Bean was able to sit up and had regained some control of her front limbs. Physio at this stage incorporated Functional Exercises to enhance rolling, change of position, sitting and standing to allow Bean to regain some level of independence. Hydrotherapy assisted all four limb action. Yes, the hind limbs were starting to move ever so slightly. But Bean needed to eat and drink, if she were to have the energy for the Physio program to take her to recovery.<br /> <br /> Once again Jo showed her determination and commitment to her darling Bean. She tried all sorts of food in her efforts to get Bean to eat, even buying a luxury dog cookbook! Actually, what tempted Bean&#39;s appetite most was BBQ chicken, which Jo indulged Bean with, in her efforts to get the little dog gaining, instead of losing, weight..<br /> &nbsp;<br /> As Bean started to eat and drink a little with Jo&#39;s nurturing, physical recovery progressed. Harnessing this progress for assisted walking with fore and hindlimb harnesses was the next step and Bean showed great spirit taking her 1st few steps. The smiles from Jo and her husband Dean said it all! There is still much to be done, but as I left after the third visit, I could hear Bean &quot;quackin&quot; as jo called it - not really &nbsp;barking yet, but some voice control was coming back and Bean was just telling Jo not to be too long at the door with me - she wanted her mistress back.