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.