Our swimmers of the month for last 12 months - click on a month below
- June - 2017 - Harvey Checkley
Harvey is a 13 year old Golden Retriever. He comes to Aquavet with arthritis in both hind limbs, crepitus (crunching) in both carpus (wrists) and spinal stenosis. Harvey first came to us in July 2014. His spinal stenosis means the nerves from his spine are being crushed which results in him knuckling his hind paws. To alleviate this Harvey wears a harness with therabands ( big elastic bands) attached from the harness to his paws which lifts his paws as he walks therefore preventing him from knuckling. Harvey sees both a chiropractor and Sarah, our physiotherapist. One week we treat him in the treadmill and the other in the pool. This gives Harvey the best results of maintaining both his muscle mass and gait pattern. Harvey is a very laid back chap and will do anything for a treat! He can be a bit of a Mummy’s boy – following his owner Debbie everywhere. Harvey also has a younger brother at home – Enzo – who is not a fan of water!!
Well Done HARVEY
Keep Up The Good Work.
- May - 2017 - Mallow & Rowan Pike
SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH - MAY 2017
MALLOW & ROWAN PIKE
Meet Mallow and Rowan.
Mallow is a 1 year old Springer Spaniel x Labrador who comes to Aquavet because he has elbow dysplasia and hip dysplasia. Mallow has had an arthroscopy in both elbows and had a Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy last year. This is where the bone is cut to move the weight bearing forces from the damaged part of the joint to the healthy outer part of the joint.
Mallow has physiotherapy once a month and has hydrotherapy weekly as it is non weight bearing and good for both his elbow joints and his hip joints.
Rowan is a 7 year old chocolate Labrador who swims after his brother for fun. He loves to make a splash and we have mops at the ready when Rowan is swimming.
WELL DONE MALLOW & ROWAN!!
- March - 2017 - Rastas Leeman
This is the lovely cheeky chap Rastas.
He has been coming to Aquavet for just over 4 months now. He came with multiple issues with his hind limbs, including bilateral hind limb lameness, which was worse on his right. This could have been because he was diagnosed with medial patella luxation, osteoarthritis and had a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, all on the right stifle joint. Rastas also has osteoarthritis in the left stifle and to a mild degree in both of his hips.
He started off by having physiotherapy with Sarah Edge and was given a home exercise plan to follow. Then he went on the underwater treadmill because this is more controlled so Rastas didn’t cause anymore issues. Rastas did really well on the treadmill and loved to walk for his favourite squeaky red ball.
Now Rastas is stable enough to go in the pool and is really enjoying his swims, for his squeaky red ball of course!! He is now doing really well.
Well Done Rastas!!!
- February - 2017 - Holly & Ralph Bowen
Meet the lovely Holly and Ralph.
Holly is a 10 year old Collie x Retriever who has been coming to Aquavet for nearly 3 years. She swims every fortnight with her brother, as she can be intermittently lame on her left fore and it also helps her joints as she ages. If Holly sees you with a treat she will most certainly swim towards you!
Now here’s Ralph. Ralph is a 2 year old Golden Retriever, who first came to Aquavet as an 8 week puppy to watch his sister swim. Soon after this he started swimming for fun.
Ralph has also been diagnosed with mild hip dysplasia, mainly on his right hip. However because he has been having hydrotherapy since a puppy, he has built up enough muscle to protect his hips so it doesn’t give him any problems and he isn’t on any pain relief, but his owner Louise is aware of this. Ralph takes full advantage of his “fun” swim and likes to make a splash!!
Well Done Holly & Ralph!
- January - 2017 - Millie Thearle
Millie is a 9 year old black Labrador who first came to Aquavet 16/11/16. Her owner was very distressed as Millie was non ambulatory with degenerative joint disease (arthritis). It was difficult to determine if this was the only cause for Millie to not walk but without a lot of invasive investigations this was unknown. Mr. Thearle approached us to ask if there was anything we could do to help Millie. As always, we do not have a crystal ball nor are we able to make promises, but what we will always do is our best. Millie commenced an intensive programme of physiotherapy with Sarah Edge and hydrotherapy with us. At the beginning of December Millie had started to make an effort to sit up. With a lot of support she could walk. Millie can now walk unaided but should still be assisted with a hind harness to take some of her weight and protect her spine from further injury. We would all like to take the credit for Millie’s miraculous recovery, we are not entirely sure how this has come about, but we are delighted that it has.
Well Done Millie!
Keep Up The Good Work.
- December - 2016 - Islay and Iona Sharpe
Here we have the lovely sisters Islay and Iona, who have both just had there 14th birthday!
They have both been having hydrotherapy at Aquavet for 7 years and attend on a fortnightly basis.
Islay started at Aquavet having hydrotherapy after she tore her left cruciate ligament and which was repaired by lateral suture. She also has arthritis in her right hind.
Because Islay was coming for hydrotherapy it was only fair that her owner Anne brought Islay’s sister Iona for a fun swim. Hydrotherapy has kept the girls fit and mobile allowing them to lead an active life.
Islay is also the face of Aquavet as she is on the cover of our leaflets!
Well Done ISLAY AND IONA!
- November - 2016 - Sasha Myers
Meet Sasha, a 5 year old European Shepherd.
Sasha came to Aquavet as she had been diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia and wanted to build up some muscle to support her hips.
She has been having hydrotherapy for 6months now on a weekly basis.
Sasha has become a very strong and confident swimmer and is building muscle well. Her owners have also seen an improvement in her at home.
She particularly enjoys swimming for her ball and is very excitable, so much so, you know when Sasha arrives for her swim as you can hear her before you can see her!
WELL DONE SASHA!
- October - 2016 - Alfie Wood
This is Alfie a 6 year old Cockerpoo who came to Aquavet following an operation to repair his cruciate ligament on his right hind. The ligament was repaired by TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). This procedure is treated as a fracture as it involves cutting the tibia to realign the ligaments so the sliding of the stifle is eliminated.
Alfie started his rehabilitation on the underwater treadmill as this is more controlled and we can assess his gait more easily. He also has physiotherapy with Sarah and is following a home exercise plan.
Alfie had a slight set back in June when he had to have another operation to remove some of the metal work in his knee. After which Alfie made great progress and his stifle has become stable enough for him to be transferred to the pool.
Alfie is really enjoying his swim as he gets to play with his ball and is doing really well!
Well Done Alfie!
- September - 2016 - Sassy & Blue Scholefield
SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH
SASSY & BLUE SCHOLEFIELD
This is Sassy an 11 year old GSD who comes for hydrotherapy to help with her osteoarthritis. She had pain in her stifles, hips and spine with significant muscle atrophy on her hind limbs, particularly the left. Sassy has physiotherapy every fortnight and has been given a home exercise plan which has helped her come on leaps and bounds. Sassy wasn’t too sure at first but now she is a confident swimmer and we have a job to get her out!
Sassy’s owner has noticed a vast improvement in her.
And now meet Sassy’s not so little brother Blue.
Blue is a 5 month old GSD who swims for fun. As Blue is still growing swimming is a great form of exercise which helps burn off extra energy, without being detrimental to his joints. This is due to it being non weight bearing, and puts less pressure through his growing limbs.
We keep telling him he will grow into those ears one day!!
Well Done Sassy and Blue!
- August - 2016 - Alfie Jackson
Alfie is a 5 year old golden Labrador with a zest for life. He was out walking one day in July 2015, when he gave out a loud yelp and held his right front leg in the air. X-rays revealed Alfie had a Y shaped fracture of his right humerus (elbow) with incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle. (IOHC) The elbow joint in dogs is formed by 3 bones: radius, ulna and humerus. These bones rotate around a cylinder of bone attached to the humerus called the humeral condyle – giving a hinge effect. The cylinder develops from 2 separate parts which ‘fuses’ usually between 8-12 weeks of age. This is called ‘ossification’. However in some pups this process fails to take place leaving an area of cartilage in the middle which weakens the region significantly – and so called incomplete ossification. Alfie had his repaired with a plate and screws.
He attended physio and had to be handled with great care. He had to be lifted in and out, no ramp and had 2 people in the pool to maintain very controlled exercise. In March 2016 Alfie had preventative surgery to the left elbow in the hope that this will stop the risk of fractures in the future. Alfie is a lovely boy who just wants to swim for his ball and enjoy life.
What more could a boy want.
WELL DONE ALFIE !
- July - 2016 - Nellie Rollinson
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - July 2016
Nellie is a sweet one year old Rottweiler who hasn’t had the best start in life. Nellie was diagnosed with severe bilateral (both sides) hip dysplasia. It was recommended that she have hip replacements, but this could not be done until she was 18 months old. Due to the fact that she was in severe pain and unable to mobilise it was agreed she would have a right femoral head and neck excision. (Removal of the ball joint at the top of the hip)
Nellie first came to Aquavet on the 9/3/16. She was very timid and wary of what we might do to her. She also doesn’t travel well and suffers from travel sickness in the car. Nellie had physiotherapy at home by Hannah Michael, veterinary physiotherapist with Torringtons orthopaedics, and Mr & Mrs Rollinson were given an exercise plan to follow. We spent a lot of time building up a relationship with Nellie and earning her trust. In the pool she would not stand on the leg and when swimming she did not use it. Nellie remained very cautious of any attempt to go near that leg.
Three months on I am pleased to say that Nellie has conquered her fears, swims well, uses her right hind leg well and is building muscle up to support that hip. She will even pick up a ball now. Nellie shares her home with two more Rottweiler’s and is enjoying playing with them, running round the garden and regaining her puppyhood. She has come along way.
WELL DONE NELLIE !!
- June - 2016 - Amba Hewitt
This lovely girl is Amba. She has been swimming with us for just over a year now.
Amba is 15 years young, she has arthritis in most of her joints and struggles a little bit on her front legs mainly. She also has a heart murmur which doesn’t bother her nor is she on any medication for it. Amba swims every week. She seems to really enjoy plodding round the pool where of course she is totally non weight bearing so the warm water and the sensation of weightlessness means she can move freely without discomfort.
Amba doesn’t like the water in her ear so we just gently hold it closed to prevent as much as we can from entering. At home Amba likes to be close to her dad, Peter, if possible and when she has a walk, if it gets a bit too much for her, then she travels in style in her doggy buggy.
Amba will be taking part in our annual swimathon to raise money for Pets As Therapy. So come on down on the 18th June and support all our swimmers particularly Amba.
WELL DONE AMBA – KEEP SWIMMING!