To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
Only 3 years old, Gus was hit by a car on the road. He'd been playing with Rusty, his best friend. Late one winter evening, Rusty saw another dog across the road and rushed off to meet him. Rusty was white and the car driver saw him and swerved to avoid him. Gus was dark brown and got hit on his right shoulder, flung up in the air and dumped on his back.
Immediately Lynne took him to the vets – there were no bones broken, but he didn't seem to be moving much. He was kept in the vets overnight for observation, and they phoned Lynne next day to say “He is not moving his right foreleg. We think he is paralysed – we'll probably have to amputate the leg.”
Lynne said “No!” straight-
Asking the vet what the other options were, Lynne was recommended to see Vav Simon, chiropractor. He prescribed some homeopathy for the shock and paralysing muscular pain – aconite and causticum.
Vav assessed Gus chiropractically, and unsurprisingly, he had misalignments from neck to pelvis. She mobilised his right paw as Gus was dragging his whole right shoulder behind him. She suggested adding another homeopathic remedy to the recipe: hypericum for the nerves in crushed extremities. She also recommended hydrotherapy, so that he could exercise his right leg and paw without having to take any weight on it.
On his second visit, Vav could find no deep pain reflex in his right paw – a bad sign. He had been for hydrotherapy and had used his leg and shoulder, but not his paw. By the third visit, he was able to lift his right shoulder, but could not walk or even take his weight evenly on that right paw.
Vav recommended a visiting specialist at the Centre, Roger Meacock the hi-
Vav tried the Acupen – an electronic acupuncture stimulator – aiming to restart the paw movement muscles. She also suggested Lynne try Cheryl Sears, an animal acupuncturist, who got some improvement, but again, not as much as hoped. Vav continued to use a muscle stimulus machine to build muscle in Gus' shoulder and chest, to encourage him to use them more.
Over the next several months, Gus continued with hydrotherapy, building muscle, improving
Suddenly, Gus started to lick his right forearm. Vav theorised that damaged nerves
Now, many months later, Gus is walking and running very happily, but still essentially on three legs. He takes some of his weight on his wrist without harm, and will place his paw properly, but doesn't take his weight evenly. Sad to say, he seems to have gained all the improvement he can.
But we have to count his case a success after recovering from paralysis and the possibility
of amputation. Gus' patience and good temper with all the treatment, and Lynne's
stamina in bringing him so often – twice a week to start with and now once a week
This journey has raised doubts at times about what is the best thing for Gus. His happiness at life has supported the treatment, but some disappointment results from the failure to fully mend him. But therapy has helped him reach a plateau of progress that is certainly much better than his situation after the car crash.
And now he is a hero for a cat who has suffered the same trauma...