Vav Simon
(Mhairi Simon)

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Star of the Month

To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would highlight the great progress some animals have made.

Heidi is an Alpaca

From Rescue to National Competition

My Buffalo's Back!

Back In The Show Ring

Over the Moon

Back in Perfect Balance

From ‘No Hope’ to Winning!

Life's a Canter for Trampus

A Brazilian Tapir's Bathroom Accident

But he’s not lame!

Miracle Achieved, 100%!

Nearly Put Down 2 Months Ago!

Mending Mabel

Getting the Measure of Tapeworm

Dedication Makes All the Difference!

Tara's Back-end is Back Again!

Sophie can Stand Again!

Better Than 100%

Lame, constipated, incontinent...

The Tale of the New Wag

Fen is a 4 year-old chocolate and white Border Collie who came to Vav for lameness problems. She also noticed that his tail was very short and very limp and asked what the story was.

His owner Sonya told her that his mother had bitten half his tail off while cleaning him just after birth. This does happen from time to time – and she'd also chewed off a toe. He'd never been able to move the tail – it had always hung like a limp rag.

Vav palpated the tail and found that it had almost no muscle. There must have been no nerve stimulation to those muscles and over the years the muscles had atrophied totally. Palpating his spine she found his pelvis was very misaligned and so was his lumbar region, but more surprising was that there was an old fracture at the end of his sacrum and beginning of coccyx – which is the beginning of the tail.

Two weeks later he wasn't holding his leg up so badly and seemed to have the beginnings of muscle tone in his tail.

After three months he had a lot more movement in his tail - the messages must be getting through his nervous system all the way to the end of his stump. And his lameness disappeared - it was nothing to do with the missing toe, but the misaligned spine. As usual, Vav treated his whole body, including the tail, and afterwards he wagged it!

Three more months later, his tail was muscled up and moving naturally.

Thinking about how Fen had ended up like this, Vav felt that his inexperienced mother had probably lifted him roughly by his tail and fractured his back end while biting off the bottom half of the tail. Accidental amputation – just one of those things.

Fen returned to competitive obedience work full of energy, with all his old mischief and tricks. “It’s definitely a happy ending for Fen”, said Sonya. “I’m sure he’s happier. Now he’s a real wag – in his tail and in himself, too.”

Some of Our Success Stories

The Tale of the New Wag