Kilo began attending ARC May of 2022 after undergoing a TPLO surgery. We were referred to ARC by our wonderful vet at SAH. Kilo had always been
a very active dog who loved to play fetch, swim & run freely on the family farm. After his surgery I was willing to try whatever it took to try and get back his active lifestyle. This is where ARC came in and helped make it all possible. From day one we received a list of exercises to do daily & began underwater treadmill therapy. Every week Kilo became stronger and his duration and enthusiasm increased. He no longer limped, was able to get up quicker and became more confident in putting weight on his leg again. Kilo is now a proud graduate of ARC and continues to do his exercises however, he has now traded his underwater treadmill sessions for the river where he can swim happily once again and visits to his farm. We cannot thank ARC enough for being a major key in Kilo’s recovery. They made an impact on both of our lives and we will forever be grateful.
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Oscar, our miniature Dachshund was 3 years old when we brought him home from a rescue.Two years later he woke up unable to use his back legs.
He was diagnosed with IVDD, underwent back surgery and physical therapy. He eventually regained the ability to walk and to use his back legs although they were permanently weakened. Fifteen months after his first surgery he had another episode of IVDD and had a 2nd surgery and more PT. Remarkably, he was able to walk again, even run at times but it was a long arduous journey and his walk will never be perfect. He had reduced muscle strength/tone in his back legs, some balance issues and trouble lifting his legs up enough to clear objects. He is 10 yrs. old now and a senior. To help him maintain his skills as he aged , in November 2021, we brought him to ARC for evaluation. They planned a program of in house gym exercise as well as home activities that would build muscle strength/tone, help improve balance and improve his leg lifting, he finished in May, 2022. He has built more leg muscle, strengthened his core, is able to go from a sit to stand more easily and we also notice much improvement in his leg lifting. He is a happier dog and we are delighted. We intend to continue returning to ARC periodically for "refresher courses".
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Our little Keeshond was diagnosed with Copper storage disease when she was just 7 years old, it greatly affected her brain and all of her motor functions.
She could no longer climb up in her chair or jump onto the bed. She was very weak, lost all of her muscle tone. Our veterinarian suggested we start some physical therapy. Tater enjoyed her sessions three times a week. She loved to go see the staff, we practiced many strengthening exercises on the fit balls, walking on the treadmill, cavaletti’s and many different core stretches. We were sent home with exercises to do daily. They were actually a lot of fun! Within just a month my girl was back to jumping into bed at night, we were so impressed with her success. I hate to think what would have happened if we didn’t bring her, it was a godsend.
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Stumpy, our miniature dachshund at nearly 12 years old was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) after waking up paralyzed on April 28th, 2020.
At the emergency vet, we were told that surgery was his only option to regain the ability to walk. However, because of his age and high grade of IVDD, his chances of success from surgery were very low and euthanizing him was recommended, which was not an option for us.
We got a second opinion at the Sacramento Animal Hospital (SAH) and they recommended physical therapy and pain management as an alternative option. Stumpy started physical therapy with Doctor’s Erin True and Lesley Scheblein at the end of May. Some of the exercises consisted of passive range of motion for his back legs, strength training, and massages. He also had therapy with a TENs machine, laser treatments, and heating/icing his back.
By the middle of July, he was able to put weight on his rear legs, with some support, but was still not able to stand on his own. In August, we noticed that he started using his rear left leg to gain momentum in his wheelchair. By September, he was able to stand in place but could not walk so he continued using his wheelchair around the house. October 1st, 2020 was the last day of his physical therapy sessions. We continued all of the exercises given by the doctors and by November, Stumpy started walking and in December, he started running! Neither was perfect or graceful in any way but a miracle nonetheless.
When we learned SAH was expanding and opening the Animal Rehabilitation Center (ARC), we scheduled an appointment right away to see if there were any other physical therapy options for him. In September 2021, he started his underwater treadmill therapy at ARC and has started showing even more improvement with only a few sessions. It has been a long recovery but thanks to all of the continued support, prayers, and the wonderful staff at SAH and ARC, who have taken such great care of Stumpy, his recovery has truly been a blessing.