Winter 2021 Update
😊 Welcome to the second PhysioMyDog Newsletter - Winter 2021 Update 😊
Apologies to those who didn’t see the first one - Autumn 20 Update ….. it may well have ended up in your junk folder (!) thanks to some pesky email issues my end ….. thankfully resolved now. If you’d like to see the Autumn Newsletter, please click here.
Firstly, I wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year. No need to remind you what a strange year 2020 was …. For me personally I’ve learnt to appreciate the simple things in life and - as if I didn’t need reminding - forever grateful we have our gorgeous rescue dog Baxter in our lives. Nothing like a muddy dog after a wet/cold walk to keep it all real.
People who know me, will hear me say “It’s Not Just One Thing” that will help your dog (more exciting news to follow about that!), but a combination of things. In the Autumn 20 Update I focused on osteoarthritis. This update includes information on a variety of things which can help your dog.
Grab yourself a brew or something stronger and happy reading! And do let me know if you have any feedback, including other content you’d like to see. Whether you’re a previous/existing/new or nearly new client, I always enjoying hearing from you! 😊
Research Feature - A single hydrotherapy session increases range of motion & stride length in Labrador Retrievers diagnosed with elbow dysplasia
A study was carried out on 6 Labradors without elbow arthritis and 6 Labradors with elbow dysplasia on both elbows that had not been treated surgically.
All dogs were <8 years of age and free of other musculoskeletal or neurologic conditions.
Measurements of elbow ROM were made with dogs walking on a land treadmill immediately before and within 10 minutes after completing a hydrotherapy (swimming) session.
The swimming were undertaken by qualified hydro-therapists and focused on elbow ROM; sessions lasted 20 minutes.
Dogs with elbow dysplasia had less elbow ROM compared to healthy dogs prior to any intervention.
A single hydrotherapy session resulted in greater elbow ROM in both groups of dogs, though dogs with elbow dysplasia showed greater improvement in ROM than healthy dogs (ie, more room for improvement).
Stride length was also improved in both groups following swimming.
You can read the fully study here.
Supplement Feature - Do They Work?
This is such a massive area which can be very confusing.
Here’s a really useful article. Written by Dr Darryl Millis who is based in the US, but gives some really useful insights. Legally I’m unable to provide specific nutritional advice (you'd need to discuss with your vet) but I am happy to provide further reading for you.
Does my dog need to see an Osteopath?
I quite often refer dogs for other interventions ….. including osteopathy. I spoke to Tom Kilner recently and asked him why he might be asked to treat a dog.
“As a canine osteopath what I’m mainly looking to do is improve the function of a dogs body and musculoskeletal system. Whereas a vet is looking for pathology and a physiotherapist is looking to rehabilitate and strengthen. I’m looking at how the different bits of the body are all working together and how I can improve that. Most of us have had that feeling of our body being “just not quite right”, dogs get the same thing and that is where I come in.
I tend to be called by people whose dogs have seen a vet and/or a physiotherapist and the dog has been cleared of illness and specific injury, but still isn’t moving right or is not improving as the vet or physio would expect. I will then look at how your dog is moving and behaving and, using my hands, will work on joints of the spine and limbs to improve mobility and fluid dynamics (blood flow and metabolic waste removal) in the areas that require it.”
Our previous dog Jenson was treated by Tom (see photo right) in combination with physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Find out more about Tom of The Dog Osteo here.
Case Study - Bobbie - Post Spinal Stabilisation Surgery & Suspected IVDD
Bobbie has had a limp which led to uncovering a spine issue leading to major spine surgery. Part of her recovery from this was to find a local physiotherapist.
Read more about Bobbie's story and how physiotherapy helped “get Bobbie back to truly enjoying her life & the things she loved to do”.