From Green Flag to Checkered: 500 Miles of Strengthening!
Sebastien visited us at the end of March 2019 for weakness in his hind limbs, polyarthritis and concerns for degenerative myelopathy (DM). After an in-depth physical exam, review of his medical history, and lots of Q&A, Dr. Cantrell recommended a full rehabilitation package. Our goals for the next 10 sessions (twice weekly, for 5 weeks) would be to develop joint position awareness in his hind limbs, increase muscle mass throughout his body, provide pain relief, and improve overall quality of life.
During his first couple sessions of rehabilitation, Sebastian was only able to complete a few land exercises before he became tired. His time in the underwater treadmill was similar, a few minutes of work and then he would need a break to sit or lie down. During these sessions Ashlee noticed that when he would become fatigued he would start “knuckling”. After discussing this with the owner, Ashlee suggested purchasing “No Knuckling Training Socks”.
After a few visits, his test results for DM came back negative (YAY!), so we continued to work on his joint position awareness in his back legs by having him walk on different surfaces such as our tactile discs and foam pads. At this point his new “socks” arrived and Ashlee was able to try them on him! They were a game changer and he did very well with them on. They worked wonders!
Sebastien really struggled in the beginning to hold himself up for land exercises, such as the rocker board and cavaletti rails. He would need to be supported for anything that would shift his weight or make him unbalanced. Session by session, week by week, he began to grown stronger. So strong, that he eventually did not need assistance doing any land therapeutic exercises!
After 10 sessions of dedication and hard work, he graduated! Sebastien enjoys coming in now for maintenance sessions that involve modalities such as his therapeutic laser, land exercises and the underwater treadmill. Although, he enjoys his praise and treats the most here!
Sebastien is truly a rehab rockstar and we are so happy to see how much he has progressed during his time with us!
Oh, Lucki Dog!
Father’s Day 2012 is a day Lucki’s parents will never forget. Arriving home from a weekend camping trip, they noticed a furry visitor sitting on their front porch. Her feet were covered in sores and she was desperate for food. As her new parents took her in and got her on the road to recovery they learned that this pup may have traveled over 50 miles and multiple interstates to end up on their porch! The name “Lucki” was a no-brainer! Lucki took to her new life as a pampered pooch very quickly, and didn’t seem to mind the hot dog she was offered soon after arriving. Her new parents are confident “Midnight,” their previous dog of 21 years, had something to do with her showing up, so they couldn’t resist welcoming her into their home. She quickly became her dad’s work buddy and picked up the popular canine hobby of toy shredding!
Fast forward to December 2017. Lucki began limping on her right rear leg and her parents wasted no time seeking out Dr. Cantrell. After a thorough consult with Dr. Cantrell, he diagnosed her with a torn right cranial cruciate ligament (ACL) and recommended surgery with rehabilitation following. This is where her story began with us!
Lucki was quiet and shy, but with her parents presence during sessions, she became quite the social butterfly-with a bark hello and good-bye! Her personalized therapy sessions included massage, range of motion, laser, electrical stimulation, pulse electromagnetic therapy, and underwater treadmill. She progressed very well and we were excited to see her getting back to normal! As we sent her off after her last session we were so proud of all the hard work both Lucki and her parents put into her healing! We couldn’t wait to hear about her chasing tennis balls and playing with her friend Snoop again!
Unfortunately, Lucki’s left knee had other plans. A week later we got a call from Lucki’s dad stating that she was limping on her left leg, very similar to how she was the first time. This was unexpected, but not surprising, as 40-60% of dogs that tear one cranial cruciate ligament will tear the other at some point in their lives.
This time Lucki’s owners knew the steps they had to take once Dr. Cantrell confirmed the tear and did not hesitate to repeat the recommended surgery and rehabilitation. Following surgery, Lucki healed well over the course of her second rehabilitation package.
Today, Lucki continues to heal and is doing great! We are so thankful for the commitment of Lucki’s owners for the duration of her healing. We loved Lucki and her family, and are thankful for the bond we secured during the few months we worked with them!