osteoarthritis

Rottweiler - Gemma

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"Gemma is doing very well at the moment. She seems more mobile than she has done for some time now."

Gemma is a 7 year old Rottweiler who has been plagued with right shoulder issues since she was a couple of years old. She has undergone considerable veterinary exploration and referral including MRI scans, radiographic imaging and endoscopy – all of which resulted in an inconclusive diagnosis.

Gemma now has osteoarthritis in her right elbow and shoulder and is still showing signs of intermittent lameness and stiffness when rising or following play. There are also signs of osteoarthritis to her carpus joints and as a result, her owners are modifying the amount of rough play she is allowed to take part in and are looking into simple but highly effective home modifications to ensure she doesn’t slip when moving around the house which would exacerbate her symptoms through repetitive strain on her shoulders.

Gemma’s owners feel that since myotherapy treatment the stiffness and lameness have become less noticeable and her movement generally is much better. She has more mobility, is more active on her walks and wants to play more than she has for a while so they let her play a little then distract her with a treat – she’s a happier dog.
 

Giant rabbit - morris

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Morris is a privilege to work on; even more so having now seen the extent of his osteoarthritis via his X-rays.

Morris is a giant rabbit with severely arthritic knees - as a prey animal, I wasn't really expecting him to tolerate treatment on any level, however, Morris is a privilege to work on, and even more so having now seen his X-rays. I have never seen bone in such a degenerated condition and Morris is under strict orders to keep his weight down in order to minimize the load on his skeletal system.

Whilst Morris is highly unlikely to accept treatment in the same way as a dog might, he has started to relax more during treatment and feedback from his owner so far is that he is far more mobile, is able to sit up on his back legs and wash his ears - something previously unheard-of, and has taken to standing up on his back legs to steal food - result!