Our swimmers of the month for last 12 months - click on a month below
- November - 2019 - Blade Martin
The lovely Blade, a remarkable 17 year old Staffordshire bull terrier. Blade originally came to Aquavet to improve his mobility for arthritis within his hind limbs.
Blade went against all odds of ‘Staffys’ not being great at swimming. He was like a fish in water! Originally Blade would swim for a ball, after a few sessions he found swimming without one was even more fun! Blade was so keen to swim that he would often shout at the hydrotherapist if they were resting him for too long (he knew best). Blade was a real character to have in, always knew what he wanted and was a man on a mission!
Unfortunately Blade is no longer with us due to deterioration in his health. We will all miss him dearly here at Aquavet.
All our love x
- 00 - 2019 - Cuthbert McCloskey
Meet the handsome Cuthbert; he is a 2 year old English Bulldog. He first came to Aquavet in August 2017 for fun and fitness swims. Cuthbert is a very confident swimmer and loves the water. As Cuthbert is a brachycephalic breed (shortened nose) extra care was needed to ensure his respiratory system wasn’t compromised.
In June 2019 Cuthbert was referred to a specialist due to right hind limb lameness, he was diagnosed with a rupture to his right cruciate which would need to be surgically repaired. Once on the operating table it was discovered Cuthbert had also ruptured the left cruciate too. After a call to his owner it was agreed to repair both cruciates' at the same time by T.T.A (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) as this would give Cuthbert the best recovery.
Cuthbert has now returned to Aquavet to have treatment in the Underwater Treadmill as this is more controlled than the pool, we can also assess his gait pattern and ensure he is placing all his limbs correctly to help build the correct muscle groups.
Once Cuthbert’s cruciates' are stable he will then be transferred back to his beloved pool to help maintain his muscle bulk.
Keep up the good work Cuthbert!
- September - 2019 - Mitchie Bishop
Mitchie is a 12 year old Springer spaniel; she was referred to Aquavet in February 2019 for Arthritis. Mitchie was sadly involved in an accident as a puppy and fractured her right hock which caused her to offload her right hind limb and transfer her weight forward which has put more pressure on her fore limbs causing the arthritis. Mitchie has weekly hydrotherapy sessions in the pool and also has regular physiotherapy sessions with Sarah Edge which all round helps to maintain her mobility and keep her comfortable.
Mitchie is a confident and keen little swimmer and loves to play with her ball; she is accompanied by her big brother Anton who just comes for the treats.
Well done Mitchie, keep up the good work!
- August - 2019 - Ollie Mason
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH
Ollie is a 2 year old Border Collie X GSD referred to Aquavet with mild hip dysplasia, possible elbow dysplasia and lumbosacral discomfort. (Low back pain) Ollie first came in November 2018. At that time his right hip was the worst, he was lacking muscle and in some discomfort. He was seen and treated by Sarah Edge, physiotherapist, and given a home exercise plan to follow. Ollie was treated on the treadmill till March 2019, when we discussed with the vet that swimming could benefit him. It was agreed to use the pool alternately with the treadmill, provided we took precautions to protect his spine. Ollie is a super swimmer, it is definitely his favourite. Ollie has now built muscle to protect his hips and has a good range of motion ensuring that his elbows and hips are kept as mobile and pain free as we can.
Well Done Ollie!
- June - 2019 - Murphy Tucknutt
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - JUNE 2019
Murphy is a lovely 12 year old Dalmatian with Osteoarthritis. He started with us in August 2018 and has attended weekly for hydrotherapy sessions in the pool. He has also had some physiotherapy. At the beginning of the year Murphy had investigations for tiredness which showed he had an underactive thyroid and anaemia, which he is now being treated for. On top of this he has also had to have surgery to remove a large amount of bladder stones. Bladder stones are a formation of minerals caused by retention of salts in the urine and a decrease in the body’s natural inhibitors of crystal formation. This leads to inflammation, infection and discomfort. Since Murphy’s return he has been treated alternately with the pool and the treadmill. The pool gives him freedom of movement whilst the treadmill enables us to correct his gait pattern and aid proprioception. (knowing where to place his paws)
Well Done Murphy!
- May - 2019 - Sox Barrowcliffe
Sox is a 2 year old German Shepherd dog who was referred to Aquavet in May last year with bilateral (both sides) hip dysplasia. When Sox first came to us he was quite nervous and was unhappy about anyone near his hind limbs. He was obviously in some discomfort. Sox has also been treated by Sarah Edge, Chartered Physiotherapist, and is following a home exercise plan. He had a unique swimming style to start with – “frog legs” kicking with both hind legs together. Sox’s technique has improved since then and has built muscle around his hips making him more comfortable and protecting the joints. He now attends every 2 weeks for hydrotherapy and monthly for physiotherapy. He really seems to enjoy his sessions now.
Well Done Sox!
- April - 2019 - Poppy Duguid
Poppy is an 11 year old Yellow Labrador who came to Aquavet in October last year with Osteoarthritis in both hips. Osteoarthritis, also known as "wear and tear" arthritis, is a degenerative disease in which the surface cartilage of a joint wears away eventually leaving just bone beneath it exposed. Healthy cartilage acts as padding in the joint and under normal conditions is perfectly smooth. Poppy still enjoys 2 good walks a day but has slowed down a little, possibly due to discomfort. She is lovely and slim which will certainly help her. Poppy started with weekly sessions and now attends fortnightly. She enjoys her swims picking up a squeaky stick. Liz (Poppy's Mum) says she is at her best when she is here. Liz also makes an excellent lemon drizzle cake!!
- March - 2019 - Daisy Drayton
Daisy is a 5 year old Dalmatian who was referred to Aquavet after collapsing with a ruptured disc in her spine that rendered her paralysed from the waist down.This was investigated at the vets and found to have a left sided intervertebral disc extrusion at L3-L4 which causes the spinal cord to be compressed, which also extended further up her spine. This is a severe spinal cord injury.
After an MRI to find this out she had a left sided hemilaminectomy L3-L4 and also a mini hemilaminectomy at L2-L3 and a large amount of disc material was removed. A hemilaminectomy is the surgery performed to remove part of the vertebrae to relieve any excess pressure on the spinal cord.
Once the wound from the surgery had healed Daisy could get going with intense physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Daisy started on the underwater treadmill as this is more controlled and we can keep her spine straight and encouragement placement of her hind limbs by facilitating them ourselves. After a couple of months Daisy progressed into the pool to try and encourage her to use her hind limb and free off tension in her fore limbs and shoulders due to pushing all her weight forward.
Daisy has physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to maintain her muscle in her fore limbs and free off any tightness.
At home Daisy gets around in her doggy wheels, where she whizzes around the park saying hello to all her friends.
WELL DONE DAISY. KEEP IT UP!!
- February - 2019 - Blossom Tomlinson
Blossom is a 4 year old Bearded Collie who came to Aquavet in October 2018. Blossom has had a really tough time. She first had a Right hind T.T.A. (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) This was followed by a post operative fracture of her tibia and fibular, the 2 bones in the lower part of the hind leg, and then a Left T.P.L.O in July 2018. (Tibial plateau levelling osteotomy) Both T.T.A and T.P.L.O are ways of repairing a cruciate ligament.
Blossom started with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy treatment separately as it was too much for her to cope with in one session. She was given a home exercise plan to follow and we treat Blossom on the underwater treadmill.
Blossom has completed 14 sessions to date and is making excellent progress. She is building muscle and her gait pattern is nearly normal. Blossom is a lovely affectionate dog who is always pleased to see us and get a tummy tickle.
WELL DONE BLOSSOM. KEEP IT UP!!
- January - 2019 - Pippin Loughran
Meet Pippin, a 14 year old Black Labrador who first attended Aquavet in March 2016. She was referred with arthritis of her elbow and had stiff hind limbs.
Pippin has hydrotherapy in the pool weekly to help maintain her range of movement as being in the pool is non weight bearing which gives her that. Mr Loughran says Pippin moves much easier after her sessions.
Pippin now takes it easy at home but still likes to go out for walks because there are lots of sniffs and this helps keep her mobile.
When Pippin first came she loved a tennis ball but now has more motivation for sprat treats. In fact in Pippins eyes, that is the main reason why she comes!
Pippin lives with 3 other dogs, 2 black Labradors Meri and Monroe and the most recent addition, Revi the Springer Spaniel.
Both Monroe and Revi have swum in our annual swimathon and are brilliant swimmers!
Meri comes once a month to Aquavet along with Pippin, to help maintain her mobility and to help with any stiffness. Meri takes “excitable” to a whole new level and it’s all about the ball for Meri!
Well done to all four of you, but especially Pippin!
Keep up the good work!
- December - 2018 - Elvis Eccles
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - ELVIS ECCLES
Elvis is an 8 year old Sprocker who was referred to Aquavet in April 2018 with severe osteoarthritis in his hips and stifles, right elbow dysplasia and bilateral hip dysplasia.
When Elvis first came he went on the underwater treadmill as this is more controlled so we could assess his gait pattern. Elvis progressed well on the treadmill. He was then transferred into the hydrotherapy pool to help build more muscle to protect his dysplastic hips and maintain mobility. In the pool he is non-weight bearing which is also beneficial to his arthritis.
When Elvis first came he was slightly overweight and was attending weight management classes at the vets. Mrs Eccles has worked hard to help him lose the weight which has benefited all his joints. Now the vets are happy with his weight so Elvis is no longer on a strict diet and can afford a few treats so he is happy about this.
He attends weekly hydrotherapy sessions and continues to do well.
Well Done Elvis, keep it up!!
- November - 2018 - Flynn Roberts
SWIMMER OF THE MONTH - November 2018
Flynn is a 9 year old Springer Spaniel who first came to Aquavet in April 2018. He was referred following sudden lameness of his left hind. An MRI scan diagnosed a F.C.E.M (fibrocartilaginous embolic myelopathy) a spinal stroke.
On first assessment Flynn had very delayed proprioception (placing the paw the wrong way and how quick the dog returns it to normal position) of the right hind and a slight delay of the right fore. He had muscle atrophy of the right hind due to not walking correctly, however this was difficult to measure and compare due to the mass he had on his left hind.
Flynn has physiotherapy fortnightly and hydrotherapy in the underwater treadmill weekly. Due to Flynn’s condition we started treatment very slowly and have gradually increased this as he has improved over time. Flynn does occasionally need facilitation of his right hind to remind his how to place it correctly and increase muscle bulk.
Flynn did have the mass on his left hind removed in August this year as it was starting to interfere with his movement. Due to the stitches Flynn had a short break in treatment while he recovered. On his return he has continued to gradually improve and his muscle bulk is much more equal on both hind limbs.
Flynn loves a treat for encouragement on the treadmill, but this creates a fair amount of drool, but we don’t mind!
Well done Flynn. Keep up the good work!