Canine Physical Rehabilitation Case Study: The Story of Speedy
Speedy the dog came to North Bay Animal Hospital with progressive disuse of his hind limbs to the point that he was unable to walk or use his hind limbs. Upon examination, Speedy lacked deep pain perception of both hind limbs which is a neurological deficit that impacted his ability to move his hind legs, stand, and walk. He was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) with hind limb paralysis. Dr. Alison Adler referred Speedy to Canine Physical Rehabilitation services to help with his mobility as well as a consult for a wheelchair.
Speedy was measured for a wheelchair and received physical rehab intervention to stretch tight muscles, as well as techniques to improve his ability to use his hind legs. Speedy was then fitted in his cart and demonstrated stepping when he was walking which was not previously seen on exam.
Speedy is getting more and more comfortable moving around in his wheelchair everyday, and seems to be living a much happier life.
Canine Physical Rehabilitation
If your best friend is slowing down or not getting up as easily, or if your dog recently suffered an injury or had surgery, we can provide a conservative solution to your pet’s problem! Canine Physical Rehabilitation can benefit your pet by decreasing pain and reliance on pain medications, improve speed of recovery after surgery or injury, and improve mobility and quality of life.