MY PET ISN'T WALKING GREAT AFTER SURGERY
Surgery is necessary for many pets. Cruciate surgery, back surgery, hip surgery and many others are helpful treatments to get them moving again. Your vet may have done a great surgery and many do well after these surgeries. But some of our furry friends struggle to get going again afterwards.
You've spent money and emotional energy and now you and your pet are stressed and mobility isn't great. Do any of the below situations apply to you and your pet?
Your pet has had surgery and now can't seem to settle or get comfortable.
Your pet has had surgery and now can't walk at all.
Your pet has had surgery and won't put the affected leg down and start bearing weight.
Your pet is taking way longer than expected to recover from surgery.
You are getting frustrated because no other options have been given to help your furry friend.
You are feeling helpless and would like to do more to help your mate recover.
IF YOU HAVE ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THE ABOVE SITUATIONS THEN REHAB HOLDS THE KEYS TO SUCCESS FOR MANY OF THESE PETS
Why isn't my pet walking after surgery?
Our many years of experience in rehab has found that most pets that aren't walking great after surgery are due to one or more of the following reasons:
PAIN. This would be the main reason we see pets not walking after surgery. It is often missed by owners as our pets are quite good at hiding their discomfort.
STARTING WITH LOW MUSCLE BEFORE SURGERY.
If a leg or back has been injured it will rapidly lose muscle. If there is a delay before surgery then low muscle tone in that area can mean a slow recovery after the surgery is performed.
MORE THAN ONE AREA AFFECTED. If there is a delay in getting surgery done this can result in other healthy areas of the body having to take an extra load and compensating. This is OK in the short term but after a few weeks this can result in many other parts of the body becoming painful and not functioning well.
A LACK OF BODY AWARENESS. Your pet's brain and body are a finely tuned symphony of moving parts. If they stop using a part of the body because it is sore then their brain can "forget" that part of the body exists and stop integrating it into normal movement. So even though surgery has fixed the broken part the brain has "forgotten" how to use it and needs to be re-educated with rehab to get it working again.
NERVE DAMAGE. Some injuries lead to nerve damage which means muscles and limbs aren't getting the signal to work properly. This nerve damage may continue to exist even after a successful surgery.
How can we help get your pet moving after surgery?
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OUR SUCCESS STORIES
Steve has been treating my Affenpinchners dogs for the last couple of months.
Both my boys have ongoing health Issues.
Monkey was recently diagnosed with a collapsing Trachea and Steve was willing to try using Cold Lazer on him.
On our first visit he also found he had a very sore neck and this was contributing to his breathing issues and him not wanting to go for his morning walk.
I had taken my boy to 3 other vets in the weeks before seeing Steve and not one other vet picked up on his neck issues.
4 weeks on my boy is doing so well back to his old personality walking and playing with his brother .
Its like I have my old dog back.
His little brother has had 3 bouts of Spinal issues two spinal surgeries and was a hunched up very unsteady little dog.
Reni is now much stronger his gait is improving his stronger in the back end and walking much better.
We have used electro acupuncture on him and Steve showed me some new strengthening exercises which have helped him so much.
I highly recommend Steve if you are looking for rehab or additional therapies to help with injury or post surgery recovery.xx Rochelle with Monkey and Reni
My Dog Gus is a 8yr old British Bulldog. Gus has had 5 hip replacements, a broken leg & dislocated legs. Gus has been through the wars, and I was ready to put him down & say goodbye due to stiffness, pain, and a real lack of mobility in his back legs.
The last throw of the dice was to go conventional, but also a little unconventional. Steve from Balance Vet Rehab took time to be both a vet & physio for Gus all in one hit. Gus has gained a significant amount of mobility back, been prescribed the right meds and now has his full personality back. Gus was also diagnosed with Cushings disease by Steve which we discovered contributed to his recent mobility issues. Gus is on a changed diet consisting of some herbal foods and has shown dramatic improvements.
I am in debt to Steve and the work he's put into Gus. Can not recommend his services enough. Grant.