Our swimmers of the month for last 12 months - click on a month below
- September - 2018 - Benji Gwynne
Benji is a 13 year old Labrador cross. He first came to Aquavet in April 2018 with muscle atrophy (loss) and arthritic hips. He also has Addison’s disease. Addison’s is caused by a lower than normal production of hormones such as cortisol which is produced by the adrenal glands. These are situated near the kidneys. The symptoms include lethargy, weight loss and alopecia (hair loss). The treatment is usually a daily dose of fludrocortisone or prednisolone to help replace the missing hormone.
Benji has always been an active swimmer in rivers etc. following his owner, Simon, on many fishing trips. I can’t say Benji jumps into the pool with enthusiasm, but when in, he swims very well. Back in April, Benji would be exhausted after one circuit of the pool. Now he has become much fitter and his recovery is extremely quick.
You’re a star Benji. Well done!
- August - 2018 - Lucy Gilling
Meet the lovely Lucy, who is a lively 13 year old Golden Labrador.
Lucy first came to Aquavet in January 2015 after having her right cruciate ligament repaired. Her ligament was repaired by a T.T.A (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement). This involves making a cut in the bone and then using a wedge and plate to help keep this bone forward eliminating the abnormal sliding movement in the stifle (knee) joint. This is what the cruciate ligament would have done before it was ruptured.
Lucy was treated by Chartered Physiotherapist Sarah Edge and given a home exercise plan to follow to aid her recovery.
Lucy started hydrotherapy on the underwater treadmill as this is more controlled exercise and we could assess her gait pattern , correcting any abnormalities as well as building muscle. Once the stifle was stable Lucy transferred to the pool to continue building muscle and carry on the progress she had made.
Lucy continues to attend hydrotherapy fortnightly. Being non – weight bearing in the water helps maintain her mobility and range of movement. Her devoted owner (Helen Gilling) has invested a lot of time and effort into Lucy’s rehabilitation as well as keeping her weight down which in turn has helped her arthritis.
WELL DONE LUCY!!
- July - 2018 - Crumble Wainwright
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
Crumble is a 3 year old Labrador Cross with bilateral (both sides) hip dysplasia. This is a malformation of the ball at the top of the femur and or the socket. She first came to Aquavet in March this year.
Crumble is a very nervous dog but has learnt to trust us. She has regular physiotherapy, weekly hydrotherapy and follows an exercise plan at home and is taking joint supplements.
This has all helped to build muscle and improve comfort around her hips to support the joints. Crumble is progressing well and will hopefully be allowed off lead soon.
She wears a swim hat because she doesn’t like the water in her ears, but she looks like a seal. (we don’t laugh, honest! )
WELL DONE CRUMBLE!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
- June - 2018 - Rosie Webster
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2018
Meet the lovely Rosie. She is an 11 year old Golden Retriever. Rosie came to Aquavet in July 2017 to help build muscle and strengthen her left hind leg.
Sadly, Rosie had to have her right hind leg amputated in November 2015 due to a tumour. It was completely successful and she has coped really well. This meant that her remaining leg has taken all the strain, and as she has aged, the muscle tone has reduced. Hydrotherapy has given Rosie non weight bearing exercise enabling her to strengthen the leg, build muscle, increase her range of movement and therefore increasing her exercise tolerance as well as improving her quality of life. Rosie wasn’t too keen to start with, but has settled now and seems to enjoy her sessions. She particularly enjoys holidays with Colin and Katherine, her devoted owners, and running on the beach.
KEEP RUNNING ROSIE!
- May - 2018 - Tyson & Lacey Pollard
Tyson came to Aquavet in November 2017 with Osteoarthritis in his hips, stifles (knees) and hocks (ankles). He has attended physiotherapy and has exercises to do at home (when he is feeling co-operative) Tyson is a rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier. He has had hydro previously but did not progress. When he first came to us, he was quite nervous. We spent time letting him relax in the surrounding and playing with his ball and slowly let him stand in the water until he felt safe to swim. Tyson now comes strutting through the door with his ball in his mouth, keen to start his session. During his time with us Tyson has improved his mobility, increased his exercise tolerance and above all has built muscle to support his joints. Lacey, his little sister, has also joined in by coming for a fun swim from time to time. She was also unsure about going in the pool but with a bit of patience and understanding you can achieve a lot.
WELL DONE GUYS!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
- April - 2018 - Keppie Goddard
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2018
Keppie is a 10 and a half year old West Highland White Terrier. He first came to Aquavet in July 2017 with a right cruciate strain and Osteoarthritis in both his hips and stifles (knees). At that time Keppie was not his usual happy self. He was in a lot of pain with his joints and his walks had become difficult. Keppie has physiotherapy with Sarah Edge and weekly hydrotherapy on the underwater treadmill. By November Keppie had built up muscle and improved his range of movement which has given him a better quality of life. His exercise tolerance had increased and he was able to swim in the pool, which is non weight bearing, supporting his arthritic joints further. Keppie now alternates between swimming and the treadmill. He continues to have physiotherapy. Keppie is now back to his happy cheeky self, giving his devoted Mum, Lynne, the run a round. I’m sure she wouldn’t have it any other way.
WELL DONE KEPPIE!
- 00 - 2018 - Buddy Gethen
Buddy is 2 year old Golden Labrador who came to Aquavet following a bilateral femoral head and neck excision for hip dysplasia which was performed at Fitzpatrick’s Referrals (Super vet!).
Buddy’s hips were not suitable for a total hip replacement.
He started off having physiotherapy with Sarah and underwater treadmill sessions weekly. This was to help build muscle in a controlled way. Unfortunately Buddy was then diagnosed with elbow dysplasia and had to return to Fitzpatrick referrals for bilateral elbow implants.
Buddy return to Aquavet 5 months later after strict rest. He attends twice weekly for hydrotherapy in the pool and also has weekly physiotherapy sessions to help build and maintain muscle. Buddy also has a customised back end harness to help support and correct his gait pattern.
Buddy loves his pool sessions and is making good progress.
.Well Done Buddy
Anne- Marie his dedicated owner!
- February - 2018 - Skye Moss
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2018
Skye is an 11 year old Staffordshire bull terrier, who was referred to Aquavet with fragmented coronoid process in right fore and osteochondritis dissecams in both hocks (ankle). However you would not know this as Skye still acts like she is 11months not 11 years old.
Fragmented coronoid process is a weakness of two small boney protrusions on the end of the ulna in the joint of the elbow. One of the small protrusions develops a crack and separates from the rest of the bone which causes pain and instability within the joint.
Osteochondritis dissecams (OCD) is what Skye has in both her hocks and this occurs in dogs that grow quickly, the rapid growth of cartilage can exceed its own blood supply causing abnormal cartilage development which results in lameness, pain and subsequently osteoarthritis. OCD can affect any joint of the body, but mainly affects the shoulder, elbow, knee and hocks.
Skye started her treatment around 7 months ago, by having physiotherapy with Sarah and then having her underwater treadmill treatment, which she thoroughly enjoyed. She did so well on the treadmill and came on in leaps and bounds, and just when you thought she could not enjoy anything more, Skye got transferred to the pool, which she loves because she can play with her ball!
.Well Done Skye!
- January - 2018 - Beau Marshall
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
Beau was 18 months when he came to Aquavet in February 2017 following bilateral (both) hip replacements. His path has not been an easy one – both have dislocated and required further surgery. The left had to be removed leaving Beau with no hip joint. Due to the shear size and weight of his breed Beau pushed much of his weight onto his front legs. He put a great deal of stress on all his growing joints, muscles and tendons thus causing over extension of many of his joints and over stretching tendons rather like an elastic band. These are difficult to treat, so Beau wears supports on his hocks (ankles) one of which was custom made for him from a plaster mould. This holds his limbs in the correct position. Beau has been attending physiotherapy and treadmill sessions for nearly a year now. He has made some amazing progress much of which is due to the dedication of his owners Sam and Jessica. Beau will probably always need this support to maintain his mobility. He is a truly gentle giant who takes it all in his stride.
- December - 2017 - Winston Naylor
Meet Winston who is an 8 year old miniature smooth haired dachshund. Winston came to Aquavet in June this year following a disc extrusion of the spine at T11-T12 which caused spinal compression. He had a surgical procedure called a hemilaminectomy in May 2017 which removes the extruded discs. He was non- ambulatory ( unable to walk) for a time. Winston had some deep pain response but had no proprioception meaning he knuckled his hind limbs.
Winston started in the underwater treadmill with lots of support so we could help re-educate his gait, facilitate his legs and assist in waking up the damaged nerves to aid him back to being mobile. He started with very short session times as he tired quickly. He has now had 14 sessions and has improved dramatically in his ability to walk with less support and his time has increased on the treadmill. Winston has his treadmill sessions alternately with physiotherapy sessions with Sarah Edge .He still requires a rear end harness to protect his spine. His owners have noticed how much he has improved at home.
Winston is such a character and we look forward to being barked at even though he should know who we are by now!
WELL DONE WINSTON!!
- November - 2017 - Merlin Piechocinski
SWIMMERS OF THE MONTH - NOVEMEBER 2017
This is the lovely Merlin who is the grand old age of 15!!
He has been coming to Aquavet for 7 years. Merlin was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia as a puppy but it did not bother him until he was around 7 years old. He had his first hip replacement on the right hip in 2009 at Willows Veterinary Centre. All went well and the following year he had his left hip replaced. This replacement did not recover as well as the first and Merlin ended up having a femoral head and neck excision on this hip. Now there is no hip at all on this side but it is no longer causing him any discomfort. However after this, Merlin had even more bad luck when he broke his right femur on the “good leg” on Boxing Day of all days. He now has a plate in this leg.
Merlin alternates between the treadmill and the pool to maintain his muscle mass and also sees Sarah for physiotherapy.
WELL DONE MERLIN!!
- October - 2017 - Silky Davis
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - October 2017
Silky is a 6 month old Shih Tzu puppy, she started swimming in July at 16 weeks for fun. Swimming is a great form of exercise for young dogs as it is non weight bearing and doesn’t put pressure on growing joints. Too much exercise on young undeveloped joints can cause problems later in life.
Unfortunately in August Silky was diagnosed with luxating patella. This is a condition which affects the dogs stifles (knees), the patella (knee cap) slips in and out of the trochlear groove which causes discomfort and lameness. As Silky is a young puppy and her joints and ligaments are still growing and developing the vets are hopefully, that with hydrotherapy and physiotherapy her ligaments round her stifles will become tighter and stronger making the patella more stable and will not require surgery.
Silky has weekly hydrotherapy sessions and alternates between the pool and the underwater treadmill; she also has regular sessions with the physiotherapist.
Keep up the good work Silky!