We went to see the neurologist again. He was satisfied to see Buddy and his improvements. He examined Buddy and made aware that this right leg is weak and his left leg is still paralysed. He showed me that the improvement in the first days it the highest and afterwards it slows down.It could take up till three month till Buddy regains his fitness or resilience.
I asked Neil what I could do more to support Buddy s improvement and he gave me the name of the Active Pet rehabilitation of Carmel Keylock
We will go to see Carmel next week. The aqua treadmill will like Carmel says in her flyer:”provide injury specific rehabilitation, muscle strengthening and gait training exercise”.
When you want to read more about the benefits of the aqua treadmill see here in short Carmel’s information on her webpage:
“Who benefits from aqua treadmill therapy?
Aqua treadmill exercise is very beneficial for dogs at all life stages.
Young dogs with hip or elbow dysplasia, adult dogs following traumatic injury or weight management problems, and older dogs to help control arthritis symptoms and improve wellness.
I will start with this aqua training for Buddy and will go after a couple of sessions with him in the river and let him go for walking in the water. Buddy now would still want to jump into the river to swim right away. The neurologist explained that he in this case would use mostly his front legs and not the hind legs.
We will see the neurologist in 2 weeks again when Buddy stays on the improvement way like till now.
We started to do a little bit of walking around the house with him. It gives him the feeling of being outside and freedom and of being fit.
Today we had the visit of Veterinarian Rowena of the mobile Acupaws (www.acupaws.com.au)
She did put quite a couple of needles in Buddy’s back and leg and he wanted to see first what she had in her hands and was after a short while relaxed.
He slept 7 hrs afterwards and feels relaxed. We got also Chinese medicine for him and we will change slowly his diet.
Till now they did get royal canine, dry food, to eat : we will change now to BARF food or none processed food. This food will support Buddy's improvement.Will explain you more in another blog about the food change. Also for our Labrador Joya it will be good to change to raw food. She didn't liked the needles so much but is since then totally relaxed and sleeps a lot.
Vet Rowena is competent and very gentle. She offers to come to your home and gives her treatment in the place the dog feels comfortable. I can recommend Rowena for 100%.Her offer is unique in Perth.
We continue with daily physiotherapy and will start tomorrow with walks to the park that is nearby. We have the problem that Buddy is not used to pee in our garden and Rowena mentioned that it would make sense to go in the park where he smells the other dogs and will be more “invited” to mark. We have to put a sock over his left paw to prevent harming of his toes because he can’t lift his leg properly.
By dogs with problems with the bladder you have to be careful that they do not develop bladder infections so we will let get Buddy’s pee checked in one or two weeks.
I will write the next blog next week and tell you more about the aqua therapy and the foodchange.
Wish you all a good time and hope my sharing of Buddy’s healing process is a support when your dog would have the FCE or that you gain knowledge about this diagnose.
Buddy keeps waking me up in the middle of the night. I sit for at least a quarter of an hour with him outside in the middle of each night. He has problems with the control of his intestines and this disturbs him.
His balance is getting better and even his left leg gets stronger at the upper part. He can now walk alone and even started to move his tail a little bit.
I realize that he needs us around him all the time. He follows me where I go and I wouldn't let him at the moment alone.
We continue our daily three times of physiotherapy and I let him listen to the music and the mantra. I start to play again with him and his tennis ball. His ball means the world to him. We lay both on the floor and I roll the ball to him. He catches the ball and chews on it like he is at that moment in paradise and nothing bothers him. Joya also joins us and so all three of us have fun time together! I feel that Buddy is happy and found his center again and we tell him how wonderful he is. Besides the learning,physiotherapy and focusing on getting better we are mindful to include also the joyful part of life.
I did research and found out that Acupuncture is so supportive by FCE and so Veterinarian Rowena Barrett who is doing Acupuncture at our home will come tomorrow morning:
Here in a nutshell (out of Dr Rowenas Webpage) following information:
Which conditions can be treated by acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat virtually any injury or illness, including:
Joya, our Labrador, will even also have an acupuncture session because she has often seizures.
My husband and I know and feel that Buddy is on the right way of healing and we see daily progress. I will tell you tomorrow how the treatment went with the Acupuncture and will inform you about another option to support Buddy in an active way.
If you would have questions around the physiotherapy exercises please contact me:
Second and third day of Buddy’s healing process:
Music therapy and physiotherapy
We had a night with a lot of interruptions. Buddy was anxious although he had got an opiate injection in the car from our vet to relax him.
He had a very fast heartbeat and wanted to go out at night a couple of times. I felt that he needed us really close to him. When he didn't saw us he started to whine.
We learned from our vet and the neurologist to put a towel under the belly of our dog and then hold it at both ends in one hand and with the other hand lift gently his tail. This gives the dog the optimal support he needs to get up and walk with weak hind legs.
I realized that he had problems with letting go of his pee and poo. I started to do belly massage and was so happy and relieved for him when finally a huge pee came ... not exactly where we wanted but I told him that this is totally ok.
We went next morning early to the neurologist Neil. He was happy with Buddy’s improvements. He could now strain his right leg and gained balance into his body. This spared him from X-ray with contrast fluids and getting anesthesia. We got physiotherapy exercises to do three times a day.
Important for me is now to be as much in contact with Buddy as possible so I cancelled all my clients and appointments with friends for this week. He needs me now. As animal communicator I know how essential it is to listen to him and as psychotherapist I know how important it is to be aware of his emotions and what is going on within him and to give him what he needs.
A friend from India gave Buddy a mantra (song) to listen. I put my Laptop in front of him and interestingly Joya my Labrador joined him. Both were very relaxed and listening. This experience gave me the idea to search for music therapy for dogs. Have a look (and ear ;-)
By the way there are also music therapy videos for cats.
A wonderful friend of me brought us homeopathic remedy and I started right away to give Buddy Arnica C 200 and Hypericum C 200. Arnica reduces swelling and bruising and Hypericum is for spinal injuries, nerve rich areas and temporary paralysis. I had already used homeopathy for myself and am sure that this is a supporting way if it is given and used by a knowledgeable person.
Buddy now on his third day can walk on his own. His left leg and tail are still paralysed but he has gained a bit of power in his left hip so he can give himself the needed balance to stand. We often put his left leg in the right position so he can stand correctly. We don’t need the towel anymore but we lift sometimes his tail up to give him the 100% balance when he walks quicker as he should.
I realize how good it is that we have another dog. Buddy has now no big appetite but when Joya our other dog starts munching, it stimulates him to eat and drink as well. They are used to do it at the same time.
More about what I discovered to help Buddy will come tomorrow in the next blog.
I am full of gratitude for so many friends supporting Buddy from far and from nearby with healing,prayers and good thoughts and for my team-colleague and friend Ken Graydon from Mandurah, Perth. He is a healer and works together with me as the communicator helping injured or very sick animals. I am sure that his work has contributed to the amazing fast healing process of Buddy.
This will be of special interest for owners with middle to large breed dogs!
Friday the 7th of March 2014 my husband came into my room. I was just giving an interview about my animal communication by phone He said that I had to stop immediately...it sounded like a real emergency! We jumped into my car; I had no money, no mobile phone and was bare footed. My husband told me during the drive to the nearby park that Buddy's hind legs were paralysed and that we had to bring him straight away to the vet.
Buddy was still sitting in the park, looking very lonely. I knew that it was really serious...
What had happened?
Buddy is addicted to catching a ball. My husband threw the ball and Buddy twisted his back while jumping, landed uncontrolled and whined in heart breaking way. He couldn't move his hind quarters anymore.
The veterinarian Mike at Brighton Vet Clinic told me in a comprehensive way about the possible diagnosis. As a real professional he referred us to a specialist - a neurologist - because of his spinal injury. He gave him a steroid injection to prevent an inflammation. Buddy stayed for three hours with the vet. When I picked him up to bring him to the neurologist we perceived already a first sign of improvement - Buddy started to use his right hind leg.
We drove to the South Perth Rivergum Referral Services.
The diagnosis the neurologist Neil Gibson gave was Fibrocartilaginous Embolism.
This link brings you to an article that says in short, “that a small amount of intervertebral disc material forms between the bones of the spine, detaches spontaneously and lodges in a nearby blood vessel. This blocks the blood supply to a section of spinal cord and the associated nerves. The resulting inflammation and nerve damage leads to weakness in coordination or often suddenly paralysis. Large breed dogs as well as Shetland sheepdogs and miniature Schnauzer seem to be more prone to this FCE then other breeds. It can occur at any age”.
We could have done an X-ray with contrast fluid or MRI but Neil spared us this unnecessary examinations as Buddy had no signs of pain in the spine and was 'only' paralysed on one side: all typical symptoms for the FCE.
The neurologist Neil suggested to keep Buddy in the hospital. But remembering how sad Buddy was after leaving him at our vet for only 3 hours, I told the neurologist that I would prefer to take Buddy home and bring him back the next morning. Neil agreed on that the emotional well-being is so important for the healing.
At night we slept all on the floor next to him to give him the most secure feeling possible.He was embedded with affection and our healing energy.
Next post I will share with you the healing process and what I did to help Buddy improve his condition and get more stability.
I am very thankful for our fast and friendly reacting vet clinic Brighton Vet.
They are always there for our dogs and cats and do a great job with passion for animals.
I can recommend both the Brighton Vet Clinic and Neil Gibson our neurologist of the Rivergum Referrals Services to 100%. I appreciated very much that Neil had a conservative stance and took the necessary time to be in touch with Buddy and explain his procedures to me.
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