Watch Me Rehab!

Hello Friends!

I’m excited to show you my newest Canine Rehabilitation Therapy video!

Have you ever wondered what I do during my rehab sessions at Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center? Well, Candace (my Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant) doesn’t just massage knots out of my muscles, she makes me work hard! But it’s ok, because that’s what makes my knees strong.

Here’s a video of one of the exercises I do called ‘Sit to Stand’. I have to balance on an inflated ball called a ‘peanut’ while I repeatedly sit and stand (for treats, of course).

This exercise helps strengthen the muscles in my legs, especially the ones around my knees. My knees sometimes pop in and out of place which hurts and makes me skip a few steps. Once my muscles get stronger, they will hold my knee joint in place better and they won’t pop out of place anymore.

That’s good news because if I can make my joints stronger now, I won’t have lots of joint issues when I get to be a lot older. Well, I better go now, I hear Candace calling me for my next canine rehab session.

Until Next Time,

~Amadeus

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

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

 

Hey Friends!

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It’s Amadeus again. I’m so glad to see you! I’ve been doing a lot of relaxing lately. I even missed a week of my rehab therapy because mom had to go out of town for a work seminar & I got to lay around all week.

I didn’t realize how much I needed my rehab therapy twice a week until after mom came back in town. Oh boy! When I went back to Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center to see Candace, I could tell I really needed my therapy!

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Candace was doing my soft tissue massage therapy like usual and all of a sudden I could feel my back muscles start to twitch. They were hurting. I didn’t realize how bad my back could feel just by missing a week of therapy. I sure am glad that Candace is working on my muscles to make them feel better and stop them from hurting.

I don’t ever want to miss another Canine Rehabilitation appointment!

~Amadeus

Underwater Treadmill?!?

Hey!

It’s me again, Amadeus! I’ve got to tell you about my week at Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitiation. It was so weird! But, in a good way!

I went to my canine rehab appointment like usual on Friday but when I got there, my Certified Canine Rehabilitation Assistant, Candace told me that I was going to use the Underwater Treadmill today. The WHAT?!?!? Underwater Treadmill? What does that even mean?

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I have to admit, I was pretty suspicious the rest of the morning. Luckily, I was able to see one of my rehab buddies, Shepp, in the Underwater Treadmill first.  He did a lot better than I did though. I kept trying to stop walking but that didn’t help. Here’s a video of my buddy Shepp during his rehab session (Click the link):   Shepp Underwater Treadmill

When it was my turn, it took me a while to get used to the water moving all around me, but I started to get the hang of it. I walk on the land treadmill twice a week, so I started to realize that it’s the same kind of thing. I just keep walking.

I could feel the movement of the water and it made me focus on my balance better so it didn’t push me from side to side. I also felt the resistance from walking in the water. It definitely gave me a good workout!

I can’t wait until my next visit! I am going to have mom take a video of me so I can show you all how good I’m doing in rehab!

~Amadeus

My Rehab Experience…

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Today my adventures brought me to Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center at Foster Animal Hospital. Dr. Steve Foster evaluated me from head to toe to see if I need rehab. I was shocked that he found some problems. I know I’ve been having knee issues and a bit of pain in my lower back, but I never thought it was something that rehab therapy could help with.

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Dr. Foster told my mom what he found during my Rehabilitation Assessment. He told her that I have lower back pain. This is something I’ve been hiding from mom, so I’m glad Dr. Foster finally told her so we can make it go away. He also told her that my knee caps are loose. I can feel my knees popping in and out but I didn’t know rehab could make them better. He found all my muscle knots on the front part of my thighs, too.

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Mom was glad that Dr. Foster found these problems that I’ve been hiding from her. She was excited to know that Dr. Foster and Candace Lafond are certified in Canine Rehabilitation and they can help me feel better! I started my rehabilitation therapy today and it felt really good! Candace does massage therapy on my legs to help loosen my muscle knots and I get LASER therapy to reduce inflammation in my knees and lower back. When I get my LASER therapy, I get to wear these cool shades called “Doggles” to protect my eyes. Dr. Foster and Candace wear a pair too. Don’t we look cool?

Amadeus Doggles

I’m going to Paws In Motion Canine Rehabilitation Center two times a week so I will have updates for you as I go along. I can’t wait to feel the results of my new therapy! Thank you Dr. Foster & Candace for helping me feel great again!

~Amadeus

Snowmageddon 2015!

Snowmageddon 2015

Hey Friends,

It’s Amadeus again! I made it through Snowmageddon 2015! It was pretty rough. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make it through! There was all this cold, white stuff falling from the sky and covering the ground where I go potty. My mom calls it ‘snow’. I didn’t like the way it felt on my paws. My mom made me go outside and walk in it. (I’m still mad at her about that!)

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There were a lot of people prints in the snow, too. I don’t know why, but my mom kept wanting to go outside and play in it. I just wanted to go back inside and lay on my heated bed. Thankfully mom took me inside and I watched the snow fall outside from my blanket on the couch.

I hope all of my Foster Animal Hospital & Foster Animal Clinic at Parkway Commons friends stayed safe and warm during this winter storm!

Until next time,

~Amadeus

Adventures of a Spoiled Rotten Rat Terrier!

Amadeus sitting pretty for his professional photo shoot!

Amadeus sitting pretty for his professional photo shoot!

Hi!

I’m Amadeus! I’m a spoiled rotten Rat Terrier. I’m 7 (and a half!) years old and I’m full of myself. I live at home with my mom, dad, brother & sister. My mom and dad are humans, but I don’t mind. My brother and sister are ferrets, but that’s ok too because while they sleep in a hammock at night, I get a heated bed all to myself! I guess you could say we’re just one big motley crew, the five of us.

My life is filled with mischief and adventure! I get to see some pretty cool stuff because my mom works at Foster Animal Hospital. It’s the best hospital around! I love the doctors, especially Dr. Foster, because he helped me feel better with Canine Rehabilitation Therapy (kind of like physical therapy for humans)! And everyone I see at the hospital always tries to give me lots of love and kisses, but sometimes I just want to be close to my mom.

I hope you’ll keep checking my blog because I have so many adventures I want to tell you about!

See you next time,

Amadeus