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Intervertebral disc disease perhaps? 2 months post op and still in pain. *neck pain*
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cocothegreyt said
I am looking for a physical therapist in Vancouver area. We don’t have many options here…

The Canine Rehab Institute lists a few different certified therapists in Vancouver, and more in the surrounding area.

Search the CRI Directory here.

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This roller coaster is a hard one to be on. We did end up getting an MRI and radiographing the other forelimb to make sure ther were no obvious problems and they didn’t see anything significantly abnormal. We have learned that some of the whining, which was occurring at night was likely caninecognitive dysfunction (similar to Alzheimer’s in people) which was exacerbated by anesthesia and has resolved with leaving the lights on at night. 

At rehab he gets a combination of passive range of motion exercises, core strength exercises, under water treadmill or jacuzzi time depending how tired he is, acupuncture and laser. They also sent us home w an Assisi loop … I’m not sure what I think of it but 🤷‍♀️. We have seen significant improvement this week … I’m not sure if it’s luck and time, adding the amantadine, rehab things or a combination of the above. I hope that you can find some rehab help in your area and have more better days soon 💜

Before amputation we were having serious toe scuffing problems – we hiked a lot so even with mild proprioceptive deficits he wore his toes down to the quick and they would bleed. We had great luck w the ruffwear boots. They actually fit great and he could wear them all day over all terrains without rubbing and even around the house to protect his nails. 

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This roller coaster is a hard one to be on. We did end up getting an MRI and radiographing the other forelimb to make sure ther were no obvious problems and they didn’t see anything significantly abnormal. We have learned that some of the whining, which was occurring at night was likely caninecognitive dysfunction (similar to Alzheimer’s in people) which was exacerbated by anesthesia and has resolved with leaving the lights on at night.  

  

Wow, thank you for sharing the findings with us. I’m so happy you got a clearer picture of what was going on, and found ways to resolve it. Never would have guessed about leaving the lights on at night, I”m going to have to remember that. Thanks for sharing!

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Soooo happy to hear you are seeing improvement!!  Im glad the tests basically ruled out anything serious  or life threatening!

And part of the solution…….leaving the lights on?? WOW!!   

Please keep us updated in the progress! So relieved  you are finally  getting answers sonyou xan sll kove forward!😎

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PS. A big THANK YOU TO INGRID for offering her insight!  Hope she sees this cuz I wonder if she’d ever heard any of this with Greyts.

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cocothegreyt said

I am looking for a physical therapist in Vancouver area. We don’t have many options here…

The Canine Rehab Institute lists a few different certified therapists in Vancouver, and more in the surrounding area.

Search the CRI Directory here.

  

Thank very hepful. Searing online didn’t give me much places compare to these links. THat’s perfect. I should’ve done it sooner. thanks!

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jkopper said
This roller coaster is a hard one to be on. We did end up getting an MRI and radiographing the other forelimb to make sure ther were no obvious problems and they didn’t see anything significantly abnormal. We have learned that some of the whining, which was occurring at night was likely caninecognitive dysfunction (similar to Alzheimer’s in people) which was exacerbated by anesthesia and has resolved with leaving the lights on at night. 

At rehab he gets a combination of passive range of motion exercises, core strength exercises, under water treadmill or jacuzzi time depending how tired he is, acupuncture and laser. They also sent us home w an Assisi loop … I’m not sure what I think of it but . We have seen significant improvement this week … I’m not sure if it’s luck and time, adding the amantadine, rehab things or a combination of the above. I hope that you can find some rehab help in your area and have more better days soon

Before amputation we were having serious toe scuffing problems – we hiked a lot so even with mild proprioceptive deficits he wore his toes down to the quick and they would bleed. We had great luck w the ruffwear boots. They actually fit great and he could wear them all day over all terrains without rubbing and even around the house to protect his nails. 

  

Thanks so much for your information. That’s amazing that you were able to resolve some issues with turning lights on. One problem less is already a relief. 

That is amazing how much you are doing for your dog! Hope from now on, it is only getting better. Thank you for sharing your rehab routine.  As of Assisi loop, I’ve read good review about it. It’s hard to know what works when you are doing all these things together. But certainly on the right path if your pup is getting better. As of amantadine, it takes about 2 weeks to kick in, we are thinking it may be making our girl better since we are a little past. Also we started using CBD oil now. I know some places in US is illegal. In Canada it’s a bit different now. The problem with us is that vets cannot prescribe or even suggest. So you have to do your own research and what brand to buy. 

We’ve tried the ruffwear boots, they didn’t really fit her. Since her dragging seems minor, we just tape the two middle nails that she seem to scruff otherwise. 

Keep us posted! I would love to know how progress goes, your solution and what works for you. Seems we have similar issues. 

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