To Flex or Not to Flex?

To flex or not to flex? That was the question I asked myself during my canine rehabilitation therapy this week. Candace, my certified canine rehabilitation assistant, was making me do all sorts of yoga poses today!

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I have to say that it does feel really good! It helps take away all my tension.

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It also makes me limber so I can do more exercising on the treadmill to help build up the muscle around my knees. I have to admit, I used to think that canine rehabilitation wouldn’t help me feel better, but wow, was I ever wrong!

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All of this therapy is making me feel great! I may be 8 human years old, but you would never know it! I bounce around like a puppy again! I can’t wait for my next canine rehabilitation therapy session!

Until next time,

~Amadeus

Clarence’s Rehabilitation Journey Part 1

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My name is Candace Lafond. I am a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant (CCRA). I have many patients that come in and out of our Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center weekly. All of them have their own great personalities that I have become attached to. There is one patient’s story that has stood out, and his name is Clarence Wines. Clarence is a bloodhound/ lab mix weighing at 105 pounds.

One day he was outside playing in the back yard when all of a sudden he went down to the ground and was unable to use his rear legs. Clarence’s owners took him straight to Carolina Veterinary Specialist Emergency. The diagnosis given was called Fibrocartilaginous Embolism (FCE). This event occurs when the material on the inside of a vertebral disk enters the blood stream and travels to the spinal cord where it causes a blood vessel obstruction. The results are usually weakness and paralyzation in one or both rear legs. The process is not painful but complete recovery is unlikely.

Clarence’s owners heard about Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center, located at Foster Animal Hospital, from one of our regular clients, Mrs. Cline. Mr. and Mrs. Wines called and set up an appointment for a Rehabilitation Assessment with Dr. Stephen Foster, DVM, CCRT. I  made sure all of the referral paperwork was completed and returned from South Ridge Veternary Clinic, who Clarence is a regular patient of.

During the Rehabilitation Assessment we found that Clarence could now use his right rear leg but had no use of his left rear leg. Because Clarence is a larger dog he had to have a Walk-A-Bout Harness that his owners could use around his rear legs to help support him while walking. The rehabilitation assessment checked every joint, ligament and muscle from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail. Dr. Stephen Foster followed up with Clarence’s owners and recommended Clarence come in three times a week for rehabilitation. Clarence’s owners scheduled his first rehab appointment that next week.

Mya’s Chronicles Part 5 The End

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Hello. I’m glad to be able to speak to you all again for the last time. This will be the end of my story. I was discharged today from Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center. The CCRA, Candace Lafond, sent home a therapeutic exercise sheet for my mom and dad in order to continue exercises with me at home.

The therapeutic exercises I will be doing at home are walking/ trotting up and down inclines, going up and down the stairs, cookie stretches and sit to stands. My favorite exercise of all though is ball play because I get to chase after the ball. (Click link below for video)

Mya Chasing Ball

Using the therapeutic exercise sheet is beneficial because it states what exercises I need to do, how many repetitions of each exercise is required and how often to do the exercises. As I become stronger I can increase my therapeutic exercises even more which is exciting news.

Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center gave me and my family hope for a better future since my accident. My family and doctors were worried about my recovery because of how badly my rear legs/ hip had been injured.

This has been a great adventure to share with you all. I hope you all have enjoyed it as much as I have.

With Love,

Mya, the Pitbull

Independence Day Blues…

Independence Day is here again and while it means family, friends, grilling out and fireworks for most, for me it means… ANXIETY!!!!

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Every year around this time people in my neighborhood like to shoot off fireworks to celebrate. I don’t like fireworks. They make a lot of noise that sounds like thunder and it makes my anxiety level go up.

I get so nervous that it makes my tummy hurt and I can’t eat or drink. I don’t even come out from under mom & dad’s bed. It’s dark and quiet under there. This is usually how I spend every 4th of July.

But not this year!

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This year my mom is using Adaptil. Mom says, “Adaptil is a synthetic copy of the pheromone a puppy’s mother emits after birth to calm and reassure new puppies. These pheromones can have this same calming effect on adult dogs in stressful situations.”

I don’t understand all those big words she used, but I can’t argue with results! Whenever mom sprays this on my bed or puts a collar on me, or even plugs it into the wall I start to feel less stressed. Mom says she can see a big difference when she uses it, even during thunder storms!

I’m just happy that I won’t have the Independence Day Blues again this year!

Thanks Mom!

~Amadeus