The Rehab Therapy Chronicles of Jackson- Part 3

June 14- June 20:
Jackson has done very well since his last rehab. He is eating well, sleeping through the night and taking his meds with little trouble. He is NOT taking Tramadol.
I have taken the dogs to the school several times and let them go on the practice field. Jackson has trotted a little, and on Saturday (6/16) and each day since rolled on his back and scratched it in the grass! Major move for him. We are walking a little longer each night but still haven’t been to the golf course.
Jackson will let us brush him for longer periods of time and does not seem to be uncomfortable. Before he would whine and even yelp, now he just gets up and leaves when he has had enough brushing!!
His back end is still shaky but seems stronger. He raises his left back leg to wet some. He had not been weight bearing on the right side so that is an improvement.
The greatest improvement is that he feels better! He wags his tail a lot, stands at the door to go out, gets excited to see his leash or our tennis shoes, opens the pantry door looking for treats and is enjoying rides in the car again. He actually stood and looked out of the window this weekend instead of laying down the whole time! Small steps in the canine world but HUGE steps for Jackson!
Wednesday June 20:
Jackson had rehab this morning. He was very frisky leaving the clinic. He got into the SUV without any assistance and looked out the window the entire trip home.
He ate well and took meds with no problems.
He walked well but was not inclined to go very far. Probably a combination of the morning therapy and the heat. However, we met the neighbor’s new 9 week old pup and Jackson was very playful. He did a play bow and wiggled his backside. He let the puppy lick and jump and never even growled. He “talked’ to Pepper and seemed to enjoy the interaction.
Thursday June 21:
Today was a good day.
Our walk was longer and very interesting. Jackson does not sit or lay down which indicates he is comfortable walking. HOWEVER, he is showing his stubborn streak of planting his feet and refusing to move when he sees something interesting. Last night it was a neighbor’s garden. He was totally focused and standing with his feet firmly planted. It was very hot and I got a little lax with the leash. He sensed the lack of tension and bounded in the garden. He jumped a rabbit!!! The energy was amazing. He didn’t go far and returned when I called him but it was a Jackson miracle. Afterwards, he turned towards home and was ready for water and a nap!

Rehab Therapy Chronicles of Jackson- Part 2



Monday June 11: Great morning so far, ate well and took Gabapentin, Rimadyl, and Phycox. [Having First Rehab Session today] Jackson had an awesome afternoon. He wet every bush outside the hospital and got into the car without assistance. He barked at his food dish until I filled it and ate all of it without stopping. He swiped Gus’s chew bone and guarded it for over an hour. He chewed it some (which he stopped doing months ago). He seemed to have more interest in things going on around him. He walked to the woods with Mike and Gus but it was about dusk and he laid down 2 times. He slept all night.
Tuesday June 12: Jackson had a very good day. He walked to the woods 2 different times and was very spunky. He sniffed a lot and even dug a little too! He took all meds without problem and ate every meal. He has turned into a Treat Monster. He was very excited to go outside and Mike commented that he hadn’t seen Jackson move that fast in a long time. (Fast is relative here! He is still OLD!) He let me brush him for a long time. Appeared to be very relaxed.
Wednesday June 13:  Jackson woke up 1 time about 2:30 but wanted a treat and then flopped on the tile in the bath where it was cooler. He slept the rest of night getting up at 6 with me. Ate his breakfast and treats. Took Gabapentin and Rimadyl easily but had to break Phycox into smaller pieces. Seems a little wobbly in rear end but got on the couch on his favorite blanket with little difficulty. Looking forward to Rehab-Day 2.

The Rehab Therapy Chronicles Of Jackson Part 1

Meet Jackson, an 11 year old Lab mix, that like many of his breed and age suffers from arthritis. He is a sweet boy whose activity level and quality of life had begun to decline. We addressed his inflammation and pain with medications and really improved his level of comfort. Then Jackson’s parents decided to come in for a Rehabilitation Assessment. His main issues physically were degenerative changes in his hips that had a secondary impact on his spine and his right front leg. We decided on a rehab therapy schedule for Jackson.
Jackson’s mom was nice and thorough enough to provide a daily log. She was gracious enough to allow me to share it with you. Below are her words as given to me.
Wednesday June 6: Jackson had his consult with Dr. Steve and he had a good day.
Thursday June 7: A good day
Friday June 8: Jackson was sluggish in the early AM, did not want to walk and had to be coaxed to eat and take meds. I thought he was in some discomfort and called for a refill of Tramadol to be picked up Saturday. I realized that I was later getting home than usual. I hand fed him when I got home about 2:00 and he perked up. He ate supper and took meds with no coaxing. Slept well.
Saturday June 9: Good day. Longer walk, sniffing a lot and digging a little. Picked up Tramadol but did not administer. He did not seem to need it.
Sunday June 10: A good day.

Stay tuned for more entries into the Rehab Therapy Chronicles of Jackson!

Meet Cleopatra And Hear Her Story About Canine Rehabilitation Therapy

Cleopatra off to rehab with Daddy

I am a 13-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever and I had a very pleasant life until about three months ago. I stayed outside during the daytime and inside at night. Suddenly I became unable to climb steps and was worried I’d have to spend the rest of my life outside. My walking was both uncomfortable and I had weakness in my hind quarters which made me have difficulty getting around and also made bathroom business quite difficult.
My mother took me to see Dr. Foster and he thought that I either had severe arthritis in my back and hips and perhaps some neurological deficits which made use of my legs very difficult. He suggested arthritis medicine and pain medicine and then a new program to make an effort to strengthen my legs through physical therapy and rehabilitation. On Mondays and Wednesdays my dad would put me in the front seat beside him and take me into the hospital and I was met by the nicest girls. I was treated like a queen and got a lot of attention. I had a funny haircut so Dr. Foster could do laser therapy to my hips. I did a little better at first and then I had a bad spell where I almost could not get around at all. We took a couple of weeks off and started working hard again. My daddy was worried that I would not improve. He thought it was time to call in hospice. Dr. Steve and I proved him wrong. Mother was happy as I continue to make improvements over the last two months.
I still have periods of stumbling and I need a little help getting up the front steps in the house. I now spend more time in the house and get so much more attention. When I go for walks in the neighborhood the cats stay away from me. Neighbors are amazed at how well I get around. I got a new hairdo and bath for the summer. My parents and sister Diana love me so much probably because they realize how close they were to losing me. I cannot say enough good things about the people at the hospital. They have loved me as much as my parents. Dr. Steve has pushed me hard and made me work for all of my improvement. I owe all of my improvement in the quality of my life to Dr. Steve and the girls. Without the new expertise of Dr. Steve and the compassion of everyone, I would probably not be here.
Rejuvenated and Rehabilitated Pup

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What is Canine Rehabilitation Therapy at Foster Animal Hospital?

Veterinary rehabilitation begins with the proper diagnosis of injuries, both orthopedic and soft tissue. The rehabilitation-trained veterinarian then uses manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and physical modalities (including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, LASER, hydrotherapy, and shockwave) to speed and enhance recovery from debilitating injuries and degenerative conditions.

Veterinary rehabilitation incorporates advanced imaging techniques, regenerative medicine, and state-of-the-art pain management techniques.

Only a properly trained veterinarian, with advanced training, expertise- and most importantly- experience in the management of pain and loss of function through injury and illness, should manage the rehabilitation of an animal.

(Reprinted with permission of the AARV)