TRIPAWDS: Home to 13960 Members and 1567 Blogs.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG

First physio apointment | Hopping Around

Caring for a Three Legged Dog or Cat

Tripawds is the place to learn how to care for a three legged dog or cat, with answers about dog leg amputation, and cat amputation recovery from many years of member experiences.
JUMP TO FORUMS

Join The Tripawds Community

Learn how to help three legged dogs and cats in the forums below. Browse and search as a guest or register for free and get full member benefits:

  • Instant post approval.
  • Private messages to members.
  • Subscribe to favorite topics.
  • Live Chat and much more!

REGISTER   |   LOG IN

Please consider registering
Guest
Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
Register Lost password?
sp_Feed sp_PrintTopic sp_TopicIcon-c
First physio apointment
sp_NewTopic Add Topic
Forum Posts: 250
Member Since:
23 June 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
21 December 2016 - 10:37 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I went this morning to our first physio appointment, it was about time, its almost 5 months post op! It was AMAZING. The vet and tech made us a beautiful exercises program that we able to do at home. Novak did them well at the clinic, he’s such a sweet boy. THank god for the harness LOLOL He told us what to do and don’t do regarding to day to day life. Novak cried when the vet did stretching and manipulation of his hind leg. It is soar and he has knots on his back as well. We learn how to massage him the right way….and it was not my way LOL I was doing it wrong a bit. He suggested to add omega and flexadin advanced supplement and do the cartrophen injection again to prevent the arthritis. So, we will. Can’t wait to start! Im very motivated now, I like having control again, doing stuff to really help him be a stronger dog! Love that dog so much! And thank you again, without this forum, I wouldnt have know all this…

Idaho
Forum Posts: 1593
Member Since:
12 March 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
2
21 December 2016 - 1:33 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

What a great thing to hear! Novak will become a different dog with his physio, just wait and see. After we saw the huge difference that the rehab program made in Murphy, I keep recommending it whenever I can.

Kathi and the Turbotail April Angel…and the Labradork

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

London, UK


Forum Posts: 1570
Member Since:
15 December 2015
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
3
21 December 2016 - 1:58 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

YAY for Novak’s first physio! I agree, we love physio too. In fact the girls are so obsessed with it that they come and get me every afternoon at physio time and DEMAND that we start. I think it’s good both physically and mentally and I love the sense that we are making progress and I can feel their muscles getting stronger and Meg’s balance improving and so on.

Meg gets knots in her back as well. I find acupuncture and laser (which my rehab vet does) work really well to iron them out and ease any tension. The physio obviously helps a great deal too. I also just love seeing the rehab vet on a fairly regular basis as it gives me a sense of security that Meg’s in good hands and she’ll be able to pick up on any problems and hopefully nip them in the bud. I think it’s great that you and Novak are doing this.

Meg, Mutt, aged around 10, adopted 31/12/2009. Sudden explosive right elbow fracture 06/12 (caused by IOHC), diagnosed with End Stage Arthritis 03/15, Total Elbow Replacement 08/15, problems with healing leading to skin graft & skin flap surgery, Chronic Infection leading to implant breakdown. Became a Tripawd 9th March 2016. 
Lives with Mum, Clare, watched over by Angel Pie and Angel Billie
My life as a MEG-A-STAR 


Forum Posts: 2009
Member Since:
14 February 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
4
21 December 2016 - 6:20 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Great news!  Glad you both enjoyed the experience!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

Virginia




Forum Posts: 17445
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
5
21 December 2016 - 7:36 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

I am absolutely thrilled to hear how well the appointment went for Novak AND YOU!! I can”hear” the excitement in your voice!!!

It sounds like the Physio has really identified the cause of that rear leg kind of giving way sometimes. A d to think it’s been causing him some soreness and he just kept on going anyway! Such a trooper!! 🙂

We would @ove to see some video or pictr of some of the therapy you’re doing!

A d CLARE, I love that Elsie and Meg let you know when it’s time for their therapy!!

I soooo wish I had a Rehab place close. I KNOW Frankie could really benefit. His gait, his rear leg movements, everything is all out of whack. He’s so full out in everything he does, that front leg takes suh a beating

I can’t wait to follow Novak’s progress! He’s such an amazing dog in so many ways! He really is a Champion to all of us….and so are you!!!

Lpts of hugs!!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 25088
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
6
22 December 2016 - 12:54 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_EditHistory sp_QuotePost

This is terrific news! We are thrilled you went and had such a great experience. It does make such a difference to have a professional guide you with exercises doesn’t it? Yes, photos and video if you’re able to would be great. Also don’t forget that the Tripawds Foundation ‘s Rehab Reimbursement Program is available and will pay for the cost of the visit as long as the practitioner is CCRT or CCRP credentialed. See this post for details.

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Posts: 250
Member Since:
23 June 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
7
22 December 2016 - 7:24 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Hi everyone!

Yes you are right, Im very excited! I will do videos no problem! For now, this is the list of exercises for starter, we will add, switch or whatever depending on progress.

Home Exercise Plan for Novak

December 22, 2016

* Cookie stretches – With Novak in standing position, hold a cookie in front of him and slowly bring the cookie next to each shoulder, between the front legs and at each hip. Hold him in the stretched position for 10 seconds, rest and repeat 1-3 times. Perform once daily.

*Tug of War – Using a tug toy, hold it at Novak’s head height (not too high so that he is overextending his neck) and play tug of war with him. Try to make sure that he backs up in a straight fashion. Allow him to back up then if possible pull towards you Tug for 30sec-1min

* Play Bow – Give Novak the command to lie down but when close to the ground, have your hands guide from under the belly to raise his hind end back up. Hold a treat on ground in front of Novak to keep front down while trying to get the hind legs to lift up and down to a lying position.

Repeat 3-5 reps 1-3 times

* Side Walking – Stand on Novak`s side, step into his side causing him to step sideways, thus bearing weight on the leg. It helps to keep a leash and to have a second one around his abdomen so that he does not walk away. Repeat on each side. Have him walk 4 feet for 3-5 reps

*Stairs – Controlled walking in the stairs

* Backwards walkingStand in front of Novak easily walk into him causing him to walk backwards while saying “back”. Have him walk 3 feet for 3-5 reps

* Sit Squarely – Sit Novak with leg close to a wall. Using a treat or toy, ask him to sit, slowly. Reward with the treat or some form of praise. Repeat 5-10 times every other day.

*Uneven surfaces – Fill an air mattress partially so that it is not firm and have Novak walk over it. The instability of the mattress will force him to bear weight on the limb. You can also recreate this by placing pillows under a comforter and having him walk over the bed like this. Once daily for 1-2 minutes Increasing the time on it, daily by one minute unless fatigue is observed

* Zeus Alternative – Start with Novak on his side, make sure his limb is down. While holding his front leg on his upside, ask him to get up and don’t allow him to use that front leg. Repeat 1-2 reps

* Low Level Wheel Barrow – Make sure that Novak is on a steady surface and pick up his hind leg (watch your back!) Have him step forward 3 feet. Repeat 3-5 reps.

*Sit pretty – Ask Novak to sit then while supporting his front limbs have him sit up so that he is `ground hog position` 1-3 reps

*Push up`s – Ask Novak to sit -stand-sit while on a solid surface as well as sit-down-stand repeat 5-7 times

*Peanut roll – with Novak`s front feet on the ball and in standing position do push up`s 3-5 reps

Forum Posts: 250
Member Since:
23 June 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
8
22 December 2016 - 7:32 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

jerry said
This is terrific news! We are thrilled you went and had such a great experience. It does make such a difference to have a professional guide you with exercises doesn’t it? Yes, photos and video if you’re able to would be great. Also don’t forget that the Tripawds Foundation ‘s Rehab Reimbursement Program is available and will pay for the cost of the visit as long as the practitioner is CCRT or CCRP credentialed. See this post for details.  

Yes the vet has the certification CCRT, thats the place I went: http://www.anim…..iotherapy/

Can I applied even if Im in Canada?

I read the details, will need a bit of time writing down the essay, need to start the exercises a bit to really explain it. Will do in a few days, before the 30 days. Thanks again!

And what I liked about the experience as well, is that they can use anything at home, without us having to buy equipment. I told them what I had at home and we use just that.!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 17445
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
9
22 December 2016 - 9:17 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Thanks soooo much for sharing such detailed instructions on Novak’s program!!! Very, very informative!! By starting him slowly, you can really see how he’ll be able to build up to the higher number of repetitions. This really is fascinating to see the specific exercises outlined for Novak.

And Novak gets lots of treats and wuae time with his Mom so that makes all this fun and games to him!! 🙂

Thanks again for the information! Looking forward to updates!

Hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

Here and Now


Forum Posts: 11826
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
10
22 December 2016 - 10:13 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

voodoo said
Can I applied even if Im in Canada?

Certainly, as long as all the requirements are met. big-grin

Forum Posts: 250
Member Since:
23 June 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
11
27 December 2016 - 7:03 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

So, I started the exercises and its doing great, Novak is happy doing stuff with me and having treats! I feel that he could do more, that, its too easy for him, but I will follow to the letter the instructions…thats me, always thinking that Novak can do more LOLOL So I have to choose some exercises one day, the other day off and then choose another set of exercices, day off, etc… I can do the stretching everyday. I hope its enough to make a real change, will see with time… I have 2 days off, I will have time to make some videos for you guys!

Idaho
Forum Posts: 1593
Member Since:
12 March 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
12
27 December 2016 - 7:20 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

And set up a YouTube channel so the videos can be accessed at any time! We really liked having that for Murphy. Besides…you can use that for posting videos here on this site.

Kathi

Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

Virginia




Forum Posts: 17445
Member Since:
22 February 2013
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
13
27 December 2016 - 7:33 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

So glad to here you and Novak are sticking to your “homework”! And most importantly, you and Novak are having a wonderful time doing this together!!!

And standing ovation to YOU for staying on the program and not jumping ahead!! I KNOW you’ll see the improvement and, at the very least, Novak will FEEL the improvement! You two are really spending quality time together!! 🙂

Can’t wait for the video!

Love and hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

Forum Posts: 250
Member Since:
23 June 2016
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
14
27 December 2016 - 9:24 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

murphsmom said
And set up a YouTube channel so the videos can be accessed at any time! We really liked having that for Murphy. Besides…you can use that for posting videos here on this site.

Kathi  

I already have a youtube channel, lots of videos of my dogs in there LOLOL I use it a lot to show Novak’s breeder and friends, trial, trick, funny stuff, training, etc…

The Rainbow Bridge



Forum Posts: 25088
Member Since:
25 April 2007
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
15
27 December 2016 - 10:31 pm
sp_Permalink sp_Print sp_QuotePost

Yep, here’s Novak’s YouTube channel with his amazing and fun videos!

That’s awesome you’re sticking to your homework. I’d definitely suggest alternating workout days.What does the therapist say about that? For our Wyatt Ray , he gets core-strengthening workouts on one day, and then just walks on the next. It works out great for him. 

It's better to hop on three legs than to limp on four.™
Latest Tripawds News
Read my story here.

Support the Tripawds Foundation!

Forum Timezone: America/Denver
Most Users Ever Online: 597
Currently Online: kaisu
65
Guest(s)
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 1035
Members: 9332
Moderators: 2
Admins: 3
Forum Stats:
Groups: 4
Forums: 23
Topics: 15547
Posts: 217971
Administrators: admin, jerry, jim
Moderators: betaman, krun15
Tripawds is brought to you by Tripawds.
HOME » NEWS » BLOGS » FORUMS » CHAT » YOUR PRIVACY » RANDOM BLOG