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Post by Jenc Thu Jun 10 2021, 20:33

With Katy's ongoing arthritic knee problems I have looked into hydrotherapy. With have 3 in under an hours drive from me. Messaged one, they have got back to me & said they needed to contact my vet for a signed referral. My vet has signed so we will see how it goes thinking There's not much more I can do with supplements so it's got to be worth a try, don't you think?
1st appointment is July 2nd unless they get a cancellation nail biting


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Post by gillybrent Fri Jun 11 2021, 07:20

I think it's well worth the effort!

Good luck - does she like the water?

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Post by Jenc Fri Jun 11 2021, 07:45

Yes especially muddy, smelly water Laughing Not too sure she will like the pool, she hasn't swam much. They also have a treadmill to video her movements on.


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Post by Nifty staffy Fri Jun 11 2021, 20:57

Ooh, how exciting. Please do let us know how it goes Smile

What supplements are you giving btw, see any difference ?
I’m glad to say that Opium is doing very well with her Flexadin praying and she’s pretty much back to normal.


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Post by Jenc Fri Jun 11 2021, 21:23

She's on turmeric paste, cbd oil, salmon oil, Yumove & Metacam when needed. tbh I don't know if they are doing any good unless I stop them thinking Just ordered some Yumove senior to see if that is better.
Took her for a proper walk yesterday as it was cooler, big regret on my part, she was fine on the walk but very lame after we got home, couldn't put weight on her leg  Crying or Very sad Same again this morning but loosened up for a walk round the block.
I'm really hopeful the hydrotherapy could help her, I will let you know how she gets on  Smile
I'm glad to hear that Opium is doing well now Love Struck







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Post by Nifty staffy Sat Jun 12 2021, 14:32

Hope you find the solution to keep Katy comfortable.

Yumove is getting more difficult and expensive to find here, especially since brexit Sad
I’ve just bought some working dog which appears to have the same level ingredients as the adult but with an added something for digestion support. Might suit Nifty better (even if she’s no working dog, as such Laughing)

Opium is finishing her young and active which I really rate


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Post by Jenc Sat Jun 12 2021, 15:27

Haven't had any problems getting Yumove but yesterday tried to use her prescription for Metacam before it runs out with the online pharmacy & they haven't any due to Global shortage! Surprised


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Post by Jenc Sat Jul 03 2021, 12:18

Update! Had our 1st session yesterday, Katy was such a good girl checking out the equipment. Walked happily onto the treadmill, was a bit surprised when the water started coming in Smile But walked when it started moving.
They say she is pretty much tri-pawed atm, not using the leg properly. They measured the leg muscle, 36 on her good leg & 32 on the bad one!
When they increased the speed she started trotting but the girl said she shouldn't at that speed, she just wasn't striding out properly. The Spondylosis is also affecting her stride Crying or Very sad
Also need to lose some weight as she's baring most of her weight on the front legs! Need to have serious words with hubby!!!
7 more sessions booked, so if she doesn't lose some weight I'm basically flushing water away!


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Post by gillybrent Sat Jul 03 2021, 15:18

Awwww, poor girl!

But I'm sure it will do her so much good. Love Struck

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Post by Nifty staffy Wed Jul 07 2021, 05:24

Thanks so much for the update Jen, very interesting too.
Good luck Katy in getting rid of those “covid kilos” Laughing  but even if she isn’t down to supermodel weight, I’m sure the sessions will have some benefit ! Maybe just a bit more limited Smile


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Post by Jenc Thu Jul 15 2021, 20:37

2nd session tomorrow morning! I hope she will be happy to back in there, will let you know after Big Grin She's much happier doing 2 short walks rather than 1 short 1 long in a day, suggested by the therapy girls Smile


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Post by Jenc Fri Jul 16 2021, 16:33

Session went well, she went in without me happily Big Grin She has lost 1kg in 2 weeks so we are doing it right. They said she was actually weight baring a bit on that leg now Smile She is much happier in herself since starting our new routine Love Struck


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Post by Nifty staffy Fri Jul 16 2021, 18:16

That is really treat news ! good job
How encouraging to hear that this strategy of hydrotherapy + small change in lifestyle is having such positive results in a short time.


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Post by Jenc Fri Jul 16 2021, 21:18

Yes it's great Nifty, just surprised our vet didn't suggest it as they refer a lot of dogs there!!!! She will never be a little staffie as she's not K.C standard but a few kgs less will certainly help Smile They have suggested upping her food as I give her way under the suggested feed!


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Post by Caryll2 Sat Jul 17 2021, 15:09

Jenc wrote:Yes it's great Nifty, just surprised our vet didn't suggest it as they refer a lot of dogs there!!!! She will never be a little staffie as she's not K.C standard but a few kgs less will certainly help Smile They have suggested upping her food as I give her way under the suggested feed!

I'm confused - they're saying she could lose a little weight (well done, by the way...no mean feat for a Stafford!), but then you're told you're not feeding enough.

The guidelines on the packets are purely that - guidelines. Nothing's set in stone & all dogs are individuals. If she's had to cut back a little on exercise, then the amount she gets will be less.
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Post by Jenc Sat Jul 17 2021, 19:45

The guidelines on the pack are 20-41kgs 200-320 grams, I was only giving her 100 grams a day plus extras. Now the extras have stopped her body will be feeding on muscle rather than fat! I know it sounds strange but she's lost that weight by doing 2x20min lead walks a day & seriously reduced extras!


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