To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
“She's been a totally different dog, charging around everywhere with no ill effects” said Dave. “After everything that went wrong [an accident at home], it’s wonderful to be able to let her run without worrying. Thank you all who helped get her back on her feet.”
Missi is a young American Bulldog who was growing strongly and winning shows – healthy
and happy. Always energetic and playful, she had a play-
Dave saw that Missi was limping and after the vet recommended conservative management,
he called Vav who had been recommended to him. The vet hoped that an operation would
not be necessary. Vav found enough chiropractic problems in Missi’s pelvis to warrant
treatment. She suggested that Missi try hydrotherapy to exercise the back-
Missi was very nervous of the water. In her first swim, she was pushing Alex (Senior Animal Therapist) out of the way immediately her feet hit the ramp in her hurry to get out! This is not surprising for this breed – the short nose makes them very wary of water. Alex encouraged her to relax in the pool and play. After some weeks she was confident enough to swim without control ropes and seemed to be getting stronger and fitter.
Dave and Judy went away on holiday feeling confident that Missi was on the mend.
They arranged that she was only lead-
The vet said Missi had damaged her cruciate ligament, probably in that fall that twisted her hips as well. He operated to strengthen the ligament and advised calm for the next ten days at least. But again, she went too far and opened up the cut, suffering some internal bleeding so that her leg swelled up.
“It was a month of worry and frustration before the vet said that Missi was ready
for hydrotherapy.” said Dave. “We were always conscious that she could bring on another
Vav explained: “We had to take it slowly to prevent another accidental set-
Gradually, Alex introduced Missi to the Water Walker. Using the underwater moving
belt, she aimed to get Missi weight-
Now Missi is back to her normal self – “It’s amazing” said Dave, “she wouldn’t be on all four legs if it hadn’t been for Vav and her team. Now she enjoys Agility, does shows again and is doing well in her Good Citizenship training. She’s got full use of her life again!”